Popular Mediterranean meal ideas include stuffed peppers, roasted chicken with vegetables, hummus with pita bread, feta salad, roasted red peppers, spanakopita and Greek-style chicken salad. Mediterranean cuisine refers to any number of cuisines originating from cultures adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea.
The Mediterranean region encompasses a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, such as French, Egyptian, Greek and Spanish. Because of this lack of clear definition, culinary experts dispute the usefulness of the term. However, media reports on healthy Mediterranean eating often refer to the Mediterranean Diet popularized in the 1970s.
The Mediterranean Diet promotes simple meals, heavily focused on plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes with small portions of eggs, dairy, meat and fish. The diet also emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts. Meal ideas include whole grain pastas with vegetables, soups with legumes and whole grains, and salads with herbed vinaigrette dressings.