Brussels Sprouts are one of our favorites because they're easy to prepare in a variety of ways. For a more seasonal flavor, we'll bake them with cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped sweet potatoes. This recipe is more traditionally Mediterranean, but it's simple and filling, and great for throwing together on a cold lazy night after a long day. The feta cheese isn't necessary, but it adds a nice balance of flavors. If you want an extra kick, we suggest adding one chopped red onion and five chopped garlic cloves.
How We Create:
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Mix the ingredients well and cook for 30 to 35 minutes, until the brussels sprouts are golden brown and tender. Mix in feta cheese before serving.
Nick Nigro and Bay Ewald are cofounders of comewecreate, a boutique culinary arts company that focuses on all things imaginative within the realm of food. You can try their unique and healthy menu items (including variations of the Watermelon Gazpacho, Caprese Boats, and Beet Carpaccio from Living the Mediterranean Diet) at Avatar Cafe in Long Beach, California. These passionate foodies recently moved from Orange County, California, to Portland, Oregon, where they're in-progress novel writers, creative filmmakers and devout nature wanderers.
Authors: Nick Nigro and Bay Ewald
Publisher: Ulysses Press
What's Inside: A guide to the Mediterranean Diet geared to help you lose weight, ease stress, improve your endurance and strengthen your confidence. Besides outlining how to adopt a plant-based eating regime, this full-color cookbook includes dozens of traditional Mediterranean recipes presented with California flair and organized by the season of the year when they're best served.
Spring's the perfect time for Broccoli Pecan Ravioli while summer calls for Wild Salmon on Pecan Wood with Dill-Yogurt Sauce. You'll find Pear and Prosecco Tilapia for autumn, Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs for winter, and much, much more. Both nutritious and delicious, these colorful dishes focus on hearty whole grains and fresh everything - fruits, vegetables, fish - you name it.
All about abundance, not restrictions, the Mediterranean Diet is said to be one of the most maintainable programs for improving health and attaining your ideal weight. And the smart choices in this creative collection make following such a lifestyle even easier.
Time Out: 212 pages
Available: $21.95 paperback at Amazon and other book retailers
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