Last week, my Husband and I discovered that while we’ve been eating things like Pork and Beef… The odd Hamburger, Meatloaf, bit of sausage, and bacon aside, it’s really not our favorite thing to eat; we prefer Chicken, Fish, and lighter meats. Since then, we’ve decided to make the switch to a more Mediterranean based diet which focused on these things, and encouraged us to eat more fruits and vegetables.
A week in, and I can’t say we’re complaining. We already had a relatively varied diet, but I’ve definitely gotten much more creative with our dishes. Over the last week we’ve practically eaten like Kings; Herbed Chicken. Bellpeppers stuffed with a whole grain mix, Onions, Okra, and Tomatoes. Salads made of Spinach, Greek Olives, Tomatoes, and Feta. Cabbage Wraps stuffed with Couscous, Onions, and Potato. Tilapia filets blackened with Egyptian Spices… These are just a few things that we’ve consumed in the last week alone, alongside regular staples for us like Quiche.
With less food, we are both staying full much longer. This is a change for me because I eat smaller portions and am usually hungry again by the time we go to bed… But for my Husband, it’s a huge change especially; I’ve noticed that even my Husband is eating smaller portions and using less salt now (a feat I never thought I would accomplish). This means I can often cook smaller meals, so we’re wasting less food than we initially were. Vegetables and other items are staying around longer and making their way into more dishes, as well.
The best part is that it’s actually shown itself to be cheaper on us financially. Last week we spent only $70 on groceries- $40 of which was spent at the Farmer’s market instead of the grocery store, and the other $30 of which was spent getting odds and ends I would need (like Tilapia, Greek Olives, Feta and Blue Cheese, Lemon Juice, and so on). That’s a far cry from the $150 we usually spend weekly when we have to buy Hamburger, Pork chops, and other items. And since the discount Grocer often carries Mediterranean staples at a much lower cost, I can only estimate that our weekly Grocery spending will either continue to stay low, or at least won’t raise that much more.
One of my favorite things, though, has to be a Bread dip that I discovered when I wanted a Bruchetta-esque flavor but didn’t have the ability to actually make Bruchetta.
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 to 10 fresh Basil Leaves
3 Cherry Tomatoes
1 Tsp White Vinegar
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning.
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until tomatoes are chunky. That’s it. It’s so simple and takes less than a minute to make… But it makes a great, light, yet flavor packed snack when I need something to hold me over.
Honestly, I think my Husband and I are both very excited to continue with this new diet of ours.