By Carl Hanson

The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating that puts the spotlight on whole, healthy foods, while also limiting processed foods and saturated fats. The recipes we've featured here focus on lean proteins, a variety of vegetables, and simple preparations that require only one pan! Your healthy, Mediterranean Diet-friendly dinners are ready in no time -- and clean up's a snap. What could be better?

The best one-dish Mediterranean diet recipes

1. Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables

"Here's a healthy twist on shrimp scampi," says Breana Lai. "We left out the butter and loaded the dish up with red peppers and asparagus to create an ample and satisfying portion."

Photo by Allrecipes

2. Spanish Moroccan Fish

Fresh fish simmers with veggies, garbanzo beans, and Moroccan spices. "This Moroccan recipe was passed down for generations in my family. It is a favorite! May be served hot or cold according to taste." -- Hanna R

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Italian Chicken Skillet

The pasta cooks right in the skillet, along with cubed chicken breast, garlic, herbs, and fresh spinach. "This is a healthy, delicious, easy dinner," says RHARRIS524. "The best part is that it cooks all in one skillet so there is hardly any mess!"

4. Chicken Sausage Gnocchi Skillet

Here's a quick one-skillet meal that combines chicken sausage, fresh broccoli, and ricotta-cheese gnocchi in place of pasta. "It's a light-tasting dish with mild flavors that is quick to prepare," says Dave.

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now

5. Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

"Chakchouka (also called shakshouka) is a Tunisian and Israeli dish of tomatoes, onions, pepper, spices, and eggs," says Ben. "It is similar to the Turkish dish 'Menemen' and to the Latin American breakfast dish 'Huevos Rancheros.' It's usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, but I think it's tasty anytime. And it's easy to make."

Photo by Lucy

6. Chicken Breast Cutlets with Artichokes and Capers

"An easy and elegant chicken dish," says Pina. "Perfect when served family-style on a platter."

Photo by Patty Wheet

7. Sicilian Olive Chicken

"This saucy one-skillet chicken dish is full of tomatoes, spinach, olives and capers," says Breana Lai. "Try Kalamata olives in place of the green Sicilians or a combination of both."

Photo by Vahid

8. Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

"In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes, and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with mozzarella," says Breana Lai.

Photo by Allrecipes

9. Fasolakia (Greek Green Beans)

Green beans simmer with pureed tomatoes and potatoes in healthy olive oil. In Greece, it's typically a main dish -- a great illustration of plant-based eating at its best! "Good crusty bread is essential for mopping up the sauce," says Diana Moutsopoulos, "and I always need to have a healthy chunk of feta on the side. Serve fasolakia warm or at room temperature for best flavor."

Photo by Diana Moutsopoulos

10. Chicken Tenders with Balsamic-Fig Sauce

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts sizzle in the pan with a wine, balsamic vinegar, shallot, and fig sauce, kicked up with a little Dijon and a touch of honey. lutzflcat says, "The balsamic vinegar is a nice contrast to the sweet figs which add great texture, and the thyme provides just a bit of savoriness to this sweet and rich sauce." Dinner's ready in about 35 minutes.

Photo by lutzflcat

11. One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken

Artichoke hearts, crushed and diced tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, skinless chicken breasts, and seasonings simmer on the stove.

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

12. Easy Skillet Chicken Primavera

Strips of skinless, boneless chicken breasts combine with mixed vegetables, grape tomatoes, green onions, zucchini, and sun-dried tomato pesto. "This versatile recipes is great served over noodles, spaetzle, mashed potatoes, or rice!" says vog2009.

Photo by fabeveryday

Want more? Check out our collection of Mediterranean Diet Recipes.