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Cooking for Two: Mediterranean Night

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The Greeks got it going on when it comes to cuisine. Abundant with fruit, veggies, healthy fats and lean protein, a Mediterranean mentality is not only great for your body, but it’s also a way of eating that nourishes the soul. For your next date night, ditch the delivery menu, pop open a bottle a great bottle of red wine (you know, for the antioxidants), and roll up your sleeves to whip up a simple meal that’s chock full of flavor.

Start the Date With A Cheese Platemednight_1Let’s be real – everything is better with feta. Visit your local shop and pick up a block of this crumbly goodness to nosh on while you cook. Set out a bowl of olives, or if you’re feeling fancy, try out this delicious Roasted Grape and Olive Crostini from Smitten Kitchen that tastes as divine as it looks, especially when served on the Nambé Infinity Cheese Board with Knife.

Doctor Up Your Dips med2Hummus, Baba Ganoush and Tzatziki are staples in the Mediterranean diet. By mixing and matching spices and ingredients, you can customize your spreads for the ultimate flavor fix. We can’t speak highly enough of the time-saving contraption that is the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor – concocting dips really doesn’t have to eat up the entirety of your evening! We can’t get enough of this Cucumber Hummus with Dill – the bright, crisp flavors serve as a perfect segway into Spring.

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Not only is fish a great source lean protein and chock full of Omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s also beyond easy to cook in the oven or just throw on the grill. Try serving up Cooking Classy’s Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce on our Fish Platter from Mud Australia for an aesthetically stunning dinner that’s as heart-healthy as it is heavenly.

Fish Not Your Dish? Prep Some Poultry! med4Artichokes and tomatoes are the stars of this delectable Mediterranean Baked Chicken recipe from The Clever Carrot. Consider chopping veggies as valuable bonding time, and keep the mess to a minimum with a one-dish dinner – Revol France’s Belle Cuisine Roasting Dish is a classic piece that will get years of use in your kitchen.

End With Espressomed5Coffee is the true way to end a Mediterranean feast, so cap the night with a cup of espresso and a baked treat. The Impressa C60 Automatic Coffee Center from Jura provides the ultimate java jolt that demands an impressive pairing – seal the night with The Pioneer Woman’s classic Baklava!

Images || (1) Smitten Kitchen, (2) Vegan Family Recipes, (3) Cooking Classy, (4) The Clever Carrot, (5) The Pioneer Woman

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