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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.

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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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Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Gorgonzola

It woke up like this.

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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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