Recently my husband has adopted a strict and almost vegan version of the Mediterranean diet per his doctor’s orders. His version of the diet eliminates all meat (with the exception of fish), salt (including sea salt), dairy, hot sauce (!) and flour (he is still allowed whole grains). This is a far cry from his previous diet that involved EVERYTHING being covered in hot sauce. Did I mention that he is only allowed ONE cup of caffeinated coffee per day. I couldn’t survive! I’m not going to lie, I’m VERY proud of how awesome he has done with it.
As for myself, the last 2 weeks or so have been VERY bad for me mentally. Because of that I have decided to go back to Paleo. When I started this blog a in 2013 I was doing it and I felt better than I had in ages. I have noticed that my mood and my energy do improve when I follow this diet…now I just need to stick with it!
So veggies are a MAJOR component to both of our diets and this week I came up with this meal to keep us both full and happy. The way I create my meals is I just start grabbing things and mixing them together!
Eggplants were on sale this week, so I decided to start with that and base my meal around the classic Eggplant Parm. I cut the eggplant into thick slices, but then altered my plan to chunking it. I decided that the chunks of eggplant would mix better with the other ingredients in my dish.
Once I got the eggplant chunked, I covered them in olive oil. This was done not only so that they wouldn’t stick, but for flavor…I LOVE olive oil.
Next I added my old standards, garlic and onion. My baking is the only thing that is safe from them! LOL I can’t help it, I’m Italian!
Next up was 2 fresh tomatoes. I won’t lie…I may have dipped a chunk or two into some oil and snacked. It’s one of the perks of cooking.
I finished off my prep by adding some frozen spinach and Italian seasoning before mixing it all together and covering with foil before popping it in my 350 degree oven. The balance of colors with this dinner was mouth watering.
I cooked this for 1/2 hour with the foil on and about 15 minutes with the foil off. I finished my plate with a sprinkle of salt, but hubby added some spicy seasoning. It’s all about making it your own! The eggplant wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be, but hubby said it was delicious!
Have you ever tried a strict diet? What were your results?