- The Mediterranean diet is considered the “gold standard healthy diet,” a doctor said.
- Dr. Simon Poole, an expert on the diet, shared three dinner recipes with Insider.
- Try recipes like mozzarella-stuffed chicken breasts served with vegetables and potatoes.
If you’re looking to add a Mediterranean flair to your dinners, try recipes like oven-baked fish with wholegrain rice and greens or chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella and served with roasted vegetables.
Not only might these dishes whisk you away to an Italian island (in your mind, at least), but they could make you healthier, too.
“The Mediterranean diet is recognized as the gold standard healthy diet,” Dr. Simon Poole, a UK-based expert on the diet who has written a book about it, told Insider.
The Mediterranean diet focuses on vegetables, legumes, seafood, and olive oil, and encourages a reduction of processed and fried foods, red meat, refined grains, sugar, and saturated fat.
“It’s a traditional, plant-predominant, natural, unprocessed diet for which there has been a very considerable amount of really good, high quality scientific research to show that it reduces the risks of really so many chronic diseases, from heart disease and stroke through to many cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease,” Poole said.
He shared three of his favorite Mediterranean diet dinner recipes with Insider (check out Poole’s breakfast and lunch recipes, too). Poole’s recipes are guidelines, so use quantities based on your personal preferences and how many people you’re feeding.