30+ Cheap & Easy Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Kay Johnson · ·

Cheap easy mediterranean diet recipes

The Mediterranean diet has become widely popular due to it being known as perhaps the world’s healthiest diet. It mostly consists of eating fruits, whole grains, legumes, fish, and lean protein. The idea is to avoid processed foods, and focus on a whole food eating plan.

Essentially, it’s a great way to live an overall healthier lifestyle. My favorite thing about this diet is that it isn’t super restrictive. There are so many things that you can eat that actually taste good.

Common Mediterranean foods and examples include:
  • Fresh Vegetables – (ex. artichokes, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, and cabbage)
  • Fresh Fruits –  (ex. berries, avocados, apricots, lemons, figs, dates, bananas, pomegranate, and oranges)
  • Herbs & Spices – (ex. basil, thyme, tarragon, cumin, mint, and parsley)
  • Healthy Oils & Fats – (ex. extra-virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, and avocado oil)
  • Seafood & Poultry – lean proteins in moderation
  • Dairy & Eggs – (ex. low-fat milk and greek yogurt)
  • Nuts & Seeds – (ex. flax, almonds, cashews, peanuts, and pumpkin seeds)
  • Whole Grains – (ex. couscous, polenta, and quinoa)
  • Beans & Legumes – (ex. black beans, chickpeas, hummus, and pinto beans)
Foods that you should avoid on the Mediterranean diet include:
  • Butter and other trans fats
  • Full-fat dairy products
  • Red meat – allowed in moderation
  • Highly processed foods and meats like bacon and sausage
  • Refined oils like vegetable oil
  • Added Sugars

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The Meditteranean recipes on this list all fall under these guidelines, and are so good you won’t feel like your missing out on anything! I’ve broken these recipes down by breakfast, lunch, and dinner to help you get started with a solid Mediterranean diet meal plan. Click on the links highlighted in pink for full recipes.

Mediterranean Breakfast Recipes

Cheap easy mediterranean diet recipes

Mediterranean Strata

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata

Creamy Oatmeal Bowls with Raspberries Seeds and Honey

Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs with Spinach Tomato and Feta

Greek Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Veggie Mediterranean Quiche

Mediterranean Potato Hash with Asparagus, Chickpeas, and Poached Eggs

Mediterranean Omelette

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

Mediterranean Lunch Recipes

Cheap easy mediterranean diet recipes

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Pan Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca and Couscous

Caprese Style Portobellos

Easy Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Burger with Tzatziki, Tapenade, & Feta

The Ultimate Mediterranean Bowl

Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki

Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Paprika, Cumin, and Fresh Dill

Ortine’s Mediterranean Platter

Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Cleansing Tabbouleh Salad

Chickpea Shawarma Salad

Mediterranean Dinner Recipes

Cheap easy mediterranean diet recipes

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

Orange Balsamic Lamb Chops

Fresh Tomato and Ricotta Whole Wheat Pasta

One Skillet Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Tomatoes and Green Olives

Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnut-Sage Pesto and Roasted Delicata Squash

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken + Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

Greek Style Meat Loaves

5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Mediterranean Turkey Skillet

Lamb Chops & Farro, Arugula, and Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette

Broiled Swordfish with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

Don’t forget to pin these Mediterranean recipes for later!

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Cheap easy mediterranean diet recipes

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