20 No-Stress Recipes That Are on the Mediterranean Diet

Our favorite part of the Mediterranean diet? Instead of hard and fast rules, there are guidelines: Eat more fruits, veggies and healthy fats; try to avoid processed foods, sugars, chicken and red meat. In other words, it’s as pretty stress-free as diets come. We don’t think cooking should pile on the angst, so we found a bunch of low-maintenance recipes you can whip up without a second thought.

12 Mediterranean Diet Recipes You Can Make in the Instant Pot

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Aubrie Pick/Eat What You Love

Honey-mustard Sheet-pan Salmon

Easy, delicious and lightning fast.

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Sweet Potato Noodles With Almond Sauce

You can totally spare 20 minutes.

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Green Shakshuka

Practically as simple as frying a batch of eggs.

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Baked Sesame-ginger Salmon In Parchment

The parchment packets make cleanup so much faster.

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Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas

Boost your protein.

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The Ultimate Quinoa-avocado Bowl

Make all of the components ahead of time for a lightning-fast lunch.

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Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki Sauce

These delicate bites are just what you’re craving.

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Pan-fried Cod With Orange And Swiss Chard

You can totally whip this up on a Wednesday (we believe in you).

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Let's Stay In

Salt-and-vinegar Roasted Potatoes With Feta And Dill

You might want to make a double batch.

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash With Lentils And Gorgonzola

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Ginger-pineapple Shrimp Stir-fry

Toss everything in a big pan and sauté away.

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Harissa Chickpea Stew With Eggplant And Millet

Hot take: Olive oil-roasted eggplant tastes surprisingly meaty.

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Salmon Bowl With Farro, Black Beans And Tahini Dressing

Right this way (into our bellies).

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Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini Ranch

Proof that healthy ranch dressing does exist (it’s made from Greek yogurt).

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100 Days of Real Food

Meal-prep Creamy Kale Caesar Salad

It comes together in 15 minutes or less and lasts for a day in the refrigerator.

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Kristin Perers/Round Ours

Watermelon Salad With Almonds And Dill

Bookmark for your next picnic.

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20-minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

Bring the whole damn skillet to the dinner table.

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Greek Chicken And Rice Skillet

They’ll think it took hours. (Spoiler: it didn’t).

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Hemp And Walnut Crusted Salmon With Broccoli And Kimchi Cauliflower Rice

Fun fact: Hemp is a great source of omega-3s.

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Aubrie Pick/Great Tastes

Lemon-tahini Salad With Lentils, Beets And Carrots

Seek out precooked lentils and vacuum-packed cooked beets in the grocery store and you’re practically done.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?