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Keeping Warm with the Mediterranean Diet

(Mediterranean Foods Alliance) As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, we crave comfort foods that keep us feeling warm and satisfied for the winter ahead. It's time to cook up fresh, hardy cold-weather vegetables like winter squash and sweet potatoes, and break out the frozen, canned, and pickled forms of out-of-season favorites. For healthy, cold-weather comfort food ideas, look no further than the Mediterranean diet. Unlike in summer, spending a few hours over the stove or in the kitchen with the oven on these days is a much-needed way to warm up. Below, we provide a broad overview of some winter vegetables, and examples of how to prepare them, Mediterranean style.
Poblano and Zucchini Bucatini with Shrimp
Bucatini is a thick, spaghetti-like pasta with a hole in the center, perfect for trapping all of the comforting flavors of the vegetable-based sauce in this dish. A whole wheat ziti would also work well.
Creamy Potato Soup with Herb Oil Swirl and Migas
It's difficult to believe that this smooth and creamy potato soup is dairy-free. A panko variation of migas, a sautéed breadcrumb condiment popular in Spain, adds a bit of flavor and texture.
Portobello with Roasted Winter Root Vegetables
Paired with winter vegetable all-stars - parsnips, turnips, and rutabagas - portobello mushrooms add a meaty, warming quality. Using jarred mushrooms and peppers simplifies the recipe without sacrificing Mediterranean flavors.
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