With hummus, chopped tomato, cucumber and spring onions it has loads of nutrition and the kalamata olives and feta cheese add amazing flavor to this dish. It is absolutely perfect for a light dinner with gluten free toast points or pita bread. We often have this on Sunday evenings at our house and my husband devours it. I recently took this dip to a girls night out and it was a huge hit and they all requested the recipe. To be honest, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe it’s so super quick to put together with things you probably already have in your fridge.
The diet of those individuals living in the countries around the Mediterranean Sea is generally one high in plant based foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fresh herbs and spices, beans and healthy fats such as olive oil are eaten on a daily basis. Fish and seafood are eaten at least twice a week. Poultry and eggs are part of the Mediterranean diet but, red meat is rarely eaten.
Much research has been done on how the Mediterranean eating patterns are connected with good health. In recent years more studies have proven that eating the “Mediterranean” way may…..
- Fight certain Cancers
- Protect you from Diabetes
- Ward off Parkinson’s Disease
- Defend you from Chronic Diseases
- Improve Brain Function
- Aid in weight loss
- Keep away depression
- Safeguard you from Alzheimer’s
- Improve symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
I’d say that’s enough reason to consider eating a healthier and more nutrient dense diet like those folks living in the Mediterranean region. You could start by making this fabulous layered hummus dip this weekend.
|Layered Mediterranean Hummus Dip|| |
- 1 container of all natural hummus (Your brand choice, but preferably gluten free)
- 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- ½-3/4 of an English cucumber, chopped
- 3-4 spring onions, chopped (white and green parts)
- ¼ cup of Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup of feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 Tbsp. of fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- Spread the entire container of hummus into the bottom of a shallow baking dish and set aside.
- Chop the tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions and olives.
- First, scatter the tomatoes on top of the hummus layer. Next, scatter a layer of cucumber on top of the tomatoes.
- Do the same with the olives and then the feta cheese.
- Lastly, top with chopped flat leaf parsley.
- Serve immediately with gluten free toast points or toasted pita wedges.
***Information on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet were found at https://oldwayspt.org/traditional-diets/mediterranean-diet