Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, created these Mediterranean Diet go-to meals.
Easiest Pasta Ever
Sauté garlic in olive oil; stir in one can drained whole tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Add liquid from the tomatoes as necessary, plus chopped fresh herbs. Serve over pasta with a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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Rice and Veggies One-Pot
Combine chopped carrot, onion, garlic, parsley and pancetta or diced ham (if desired) in a soup pot with olive oil over low heat until onion is just soft. Add a couple of cups of stock, 1-2 bay leaves, cooked beans and a half-cup of brown rice. Simmer until rice is tender. Stir in fresh green herbs.
Set one portion of fish on a square of foil and sprinkle on a mixture of wine or lemon juice, olive oil, fresh herbs, garlic and lemon zest. Fold up the foil to make a loose packet. Bake at 350-375 degrees for 30 minutes or until fish is done.
Crush 4 cloves of garlic into a paste and whisk together with 1/4 t of red pepper flakes, 2 T olive oil and juice from half a lemon. Marinate 1 pound of salmon filets for 45 minutes and bake as specified.
Lemony Baked Fish
Create a marinade using 1/2 c white wine, 3T olive oil, 3 minced garlic cloves, the zest from 1 lemon and the juice from half the lemon. Marinate 1 pound of white fish filets, and then bake at 375 degreesF for 25 minutes.