According to U.S. News & World Report, the Mediterranean Diet is the best and easiest to follow in 2019. Registered Dietitian Carolyn O'Neil from The Happy Healthy Kitchen shared a couple Mediterranean-inspired recipes on 'Atlanta & Company'. Share on the A&C Facebook page if you try one!

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Shrimp with Tomatoes, Capers and Feta Cheese 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup white wine, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and seasonings; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes and, if desired, wine and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.

2. Add shrimp, capers and parsley; cook 5-6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Let stand, covered, until cheese is softened.

Orzo Salad Ingredients
Orzo Salad Ingredients
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Orzo Cucumber Salad

  • 8 ounces orzo, preferably whole grain
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to lightly coat the orzo, about ⅛ cup
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons ]fresh dill, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Add the orzo and cook until al dente.
  2. Drain quickly in a colander in the sink and immediately cool by letting water flow over it. Set aside until completely cool and drained.
  3. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil to coat the pasta. Add tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers. Add chopped dill and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Serve immediately.