Did you know that May is National Mediterranean Diet month? I am happy to say that I eat a mostly Mediterranean diet, filled with olive oil, fish, legumes and wonderful healthy nutrition and healthy fats.
This May also marks the 20th anniversary of the nonprofit organization ‘Oldways’ introduction of the Mediterranean Diet here in the U.S. Back in 1993 it was Oldways and the Harvard School of Public Health that brought this wonderful diet to the public and ever since studies have shown that the Mediterranean Diet can help reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke by 30%!
As a health major , I am often educating others on better eating choices and the benefits of wholesome food and “good” fats. So when Oldways contacted me to help spread the awareness of this beautiful diet, I was just so excited!
Here is what the Mediterranean Diet looks like.
So to help kickoff “Med-month” I am joining Oldways in creating a delicious and healthy dish. I took inspiration from their cook book (Oh ya, that’s gonna be giveaway!) and created a roasted vegetable bruschetta. I was going to add roasted cherry tomatoes as well, but I thought the yellow and green was just so pretty. I sprinkled herbes de provence over the vegetables and whipped up a combination of cream cheese and goat cheese laced with lemon zest. This is such an easy appetizer and perfect for using all the gorgeous seasonal produce that is starting to bloom.
- 1 yellow squash cut in small cubes
- 1 yellow bell pepper cut in small cubes
- 1 zucchini cut in small cubes
- 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
- 1/2 c cream cheese
- 3 oz goat cheese
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- Few leaves of fresh basil chopped
- Crusty bread sliced and toasted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil for drizzling
Place all vegetables on a foil lined baking sheet and add herbes de provence, garlic, salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss together so everything is coated and roast in 350 degree oven for 20 minute or until vegetables begin to caramelize.
To make the cheese spread, use an electronic mixer to whip the cream cheese, goat cheese and lemon zest. Mix for a minute until everything is incorporated.
When everything is done, spread the whipped cheese mixture on the crusty bread, top with roasted vegetables and sprinkle fresh basil on top.
Oldways is giving away one of Amazon’s best-selling books,
Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan to 1 Little Ferraro Kitchen reader!
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