15 Simple One-Skillet Recipes for the Mediterranean Diet
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? Check out the best one-dish Mediterranean diet recipes:
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
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!"
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.
Chicken Breast Cutlets with Artichokes and Capers
"An easy and elegant chicken dish," says Pina. "Perfect when served family-style on a platter."
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.
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."
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.
One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken
Artichoke hearts, crushed and diced tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, skinless chicken breasts, and seasonings simmer on the stove.
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.
Pollo al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Chicken)
Chicken pieces simmer in the skillet with olive oil, garlic, fresh chopped basil, and white wine. "This quintessentially Spanish chicken recipe with garlic and lemon is easy to make and full of flavor," says Luis Luna.
Pan-Seared Scallops with Pepper and Onions in Anchovy Oil
"Scallops are one of the most delicious foods if seared properly, and the addition of peppers and onions complements them quite well," says Roderic Rinehart. "Serve with couscous or rice for a delicious meal."
Skillet Tomato-Braised Cod with Bell Peppers and Ouzo
"This healthy cod recipe marries a lot of freezer and pantry staples into a delicious one-pan meal that's Mediterranean diet-friendly," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "Keep frozen cod, frozen peppers, and a jar of whole plum tomatoes on hand to make this anytime." Dinner's ready in about 35 minutes.
Italian White Bean Chicken
This one-skillet recipe features canned white beans with chicken breasts, garlic, zucchini, and chopped tomato. "This was delicious and so easy," says HolisticMomma. "Never thought it would be as flavorful as it was. Love that it's very healthy too!"
Easy Sheet Pan Greek Chicken
For this recipe, give your skillet the night off and reach for a sheet pan! "This complete Greek-inspired chicken dinner is made simply and easily on one pan with the chicken, veggies, and potatoes cooking together," says fabeveryday. "Perfect for busy weeknights!"