The summer recipes are coming in hot with this Mediterranean stir fry recipe! I was so excited to work on this recipe, because it is easy and simple, yet super healthy! I am a huge fan of fuzing together multiple cuisines to make a delicious plant based recipes. It's honestly crazy how many fusions of cuisines you can make recipes for. They are so wonderful, because the options are truly endless. I find that it is also easy to incorporate extra vegetables into these kinds of recipes. Thankfully I have a few fusion recipes up on my blog already!
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Why make this Mediterranean Stir Fry?
This recipe may sound a little strange at first, but I can promise you that it is absolutely delicious! I love Mediterranean food, so honestly I'd be happy with anything. This recipe takes the cake though, because it has the perfect balance of fresh vegetables to cooked vegetables. This recipe also features whole wheat couscous for the perfect healthy whole grain. This Mediterranean lunch recipe also features chickpeas for a delicious and nutritious plant based protein. Besides all those amazing healthy ingredients, this stir fry is also super simple! All you need is a pan to sauté and a pot to cook the couscous and you're good to go!
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How to make Mediterranean Stir Fry Vegetables oil-free:
Although I do not eat a 100% oil-free diet, I would say that I eat a 95% oil-free diet. I try to avoid oil, because I find that it is just excess calories and fat. I still sometimes use cold-pressed oil for salad dressings, but I avoid cooking with it. How did I make this Mediterranean Stir Fry oil-free? There's a couple tricks I like to do when cooking without oil.
First and what I do most often is use water. It is honestly amazing how well this trick works. Whenever I am cooking anything on the stove such as this Mediterranean Stir Fry recipe I simply use water. This keeps the vegetables from sticking to the pan without all the extra calories and fat.
My second favorite method for oil-free cooking is baking. I love using a baking sheet and silicone baking mats to bake without any oil. I love using this method whenever I am roasting ingredients like sweet potatoes, or onions. You could also use an air-fryer and you would get similar results.
Is this Mediterranean lunch recipe gluten-free?
Unfortunately this Mediterranean stir fry recipe does not make the cut for gluten-free. This recipe contains couscous, which is made from whole wheat. However, if you are on a gluten-free diet, you can easily make this Mediterranean Stir Fry gluten-free by swapping out the couscous for quinoa, millet, or any other gluten-free grain of choice! Whenever I am making this recipe I like to switch it up and enjoy it with different grains. Each grain contains its own unique health benefits, so it's great to mix it up and find ways to incorporate them into your diet.
If you are eating a gluten-free diet, I have a ton of gluten-free recipes on my blog. I do not have a gluten allergy, so I do make gluten recipes here and there, but I enjoy making gluten-free recipes so much that a majority of them are gluten-free. Make sure to subscribe iso you know when the next gluten-free recipe drops!!
Ingredients for this Mediterranean Stir Fry:
- Bell peppers
- Red onion
- Cherry tomatoes
Mediterranean Stir Fry
- 1 ½ cups dried couscous
- 2 zucchini
- 1 15.4oz can chickpeas
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 red onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 2 heads romaine
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 2 lemons
- Begin by cooking the couscous according to package instructions.In a saucepan add the onions and garlic and a little water and sauté.
- Next add the peppers and mushrooms and continue to sauté. Once cooked through add the chickpeas, zucchini and cherry tomatoes and cook until almost done. Add the basil and oregano and lemon juice.
- Chop up the romaine lettuce and place at the base of your bowls. Next add the couscous, and then stir fry. You may add extra lemon and basil to top, and serve!