For many, winter means swapping salads and juices for heavier, heartier foods.
The Mediterranean diet is one that can keep you both healthy and satisfied all year round.
If you’re dreaming of a Greek Island getaway this winter, perhaps my vibrant yet healthy moussaka will do the trick.
Any guests to your dinner table will certainly be dancing when they taste the fabulous flavours of this vivacious vegetarian dish - especially the creamy, cheesy sauce which has a nifty swap out of nutritional yeast flakes, meaning you’ll be feeling satisfied but without the traditional bloating and stomach churning afterwards.
As we move into winter, the body’s temperature starts to drop as it works hard to keep our core warm. We can also experience more colds and flu. If this is the case and you're feeling a little sniffly, reduce or remove dairy from your diet to help to combat symptoms of a runny nose and blocked sinuses.
Instead of using dairy in my mousakka topping, I’ve created it with sunflower seeds, which will satisfy those creamy winter cravings without the use of mucous-forming dairy products.
The sunflower seeds give you an additional healthy dose of vitamin E, copper and B Vitamins, like thiamine, phosphorus and selenium.
To help flight away the flu, my Olive Tapenade also contains a good dose of garlic - a powerful flu-fighter with direct anti-viral effects.
Loading up on garlic over winter can help hold off any foreign invaders in the form of bugs lurking around. To unleash garlic's best flu-fighting capabilities, it’s best to crush and swallow a raw garlic clove with water. But if that’s too difficult to imagine, add garlic to your soups and slow-cooked dishes and you will still reap the rewards.
Your insides will be yelling “Opa!” as they receive loads of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in these supercharged versions of two Greek favourites.