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04-06-2017

Lauren from Zestful Kitchen Finds Inspiration in Mediterranean Cuisine

She loves our version of the classic Greek dish avga feta domata—eggs baked in a bed of savory tomato sauce and croutons topped with tangy feta cheese. What's not to love, really?

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Bring the Mediterranean—from Italy and Greece, to Morocco and Egypt, to Turkey and Lebanon—into your kitchen with 500+ fresh, flavorful recipes from our recent release, The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. This comprehensive cookbook translates the famously heart-healthy Mediterranean diet for home cooks with a wide range of creative recipes, many fast enough to be made on a weeknight, using ingredients available at your local supermarket.


For recipes that are modern, fresh, and full of flavor combinations you may have not encountered before, turn to our recent release, The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook. Lauren Grant of the Zestful Kitchen blog recently snagged a copy of our book, and found inspiration from the flavors and recipes of the Mediterranean. 

“I don’t know about you, but from time to time I find myself in a 'cooking rut,' eating similar meals from week to week," Lauren writes. “So when I first flipped through this book, all I could think about was how excited and newly inspired I was to add variety back into my weekly meals while still maintaining a healthy outlook.”

For our version of Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Feta, and Croutons, we opted to use fresh cherry tomatoes and roast them to make our own sauce.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook demystifies flavor-building ingredients like za’atar, sumac, and harissa, and highlights the simple yet powerful flavor boosters you already know and love—like herbs, garlic, and lemons.

“I chose to share this recipe for Baked Eggs with Tomatoes, Feta, and Croutons because it exemplifies how a simple ingredient list can lead to an incredible meal," Lauren writes. “Packed with flavor and texture, this dish surprised me, and I guarantee it will surprise you too.”

Simply sprinkle the feta on top just before serving.

For our version of the classic Greek dish called avga feta domataeggs baked in a bed of savory tomato sauce and croutons topped with tangy feta cheese—we opted to use fresh cherry tomatoes and roast them to make our own sauce. Tossing the tomatoes with a mixture of oil, garlic, oregano, tomato paste, and a bit of salt and sugar enhanced the tomato flavor and encouraged deep caramelization. To prevent the croutons from becoming mushy, we baked pieces of crusty bread in the oven while the tomatoes roasted, before folding everything together and adding the eggs.

“These recipes are flavorful, accessible, seasonal, and most importantly, they show how fun and satisfying eating healthy can be," writes Lauren. “Each and every recipe in this book is absolutely stunning, and I can say with certainty that there isn’t one recipe I wouldn’t try myself.” 

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500 Fresh, Flavorful, Kitchen-Tested Recipes The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook

Let the test kitchen be your trusted guide to cooking and eating the Mediterranean way with this recent publication. The recipes in this book are modern, fresh, and full of flavor combinations you may not have encountered before, like nutty tahini with earthy mushrooms, or puckery preserved lemons with savory lamb sausage. 

 

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