Mediterranean

Top 12 Eco-Beach Escapes

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | March 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments
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Eco-friendly family beach vacation

While I welcome winter along with all the other skiers and outdoor aficionados here in Colorado, by the end of February I’m ready for a surf and sand break. But cramming onto a crowded beach towel-by-cooler with hundreds of other sunseekers is not my vision of restoring my winter-weary spirit.

When you’re a beach lover and a nature lover, the quest becomes to find those pristine stretches of sand that make you feel you’ve discovered a place where time stops; where the rhythm of sea on shore is the primary sound; where the sun’s slow slide behind the horizon is the only marker of day melding into night. A place like, say, Bai Kem Beach on Phu Quoc, one of 105 islands that comprise this idyllic Vietnamese archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Picture a soft, white sugar-sand beach, fringed with slender palms. Phuket, half a century ago. No people. Just total, unspoiled beauty.

Pan-Roasted Broccoli with a Yogurt Fennel Sauce

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 2nd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: broccoli, cooking, easy, fennel, gaiam cafe, Greek yogurt sauce, healthy, kitchen, meal, Mediterranean, pizza, quick, recipe, side dish, spicy, vegetable, vegetarian

Pan-Roasted Broccoli with Yogurt Fennel Sauce

For a  quick-and-easy side dish with a kick, sauté up this healthy Mediterranean broccoli recipe from the Gaiam Café kitchen. For a slightly different take, try adding the broccoli as a topping to pizza before cooking, then drizzle with the yogurt sauce before serving.

Serves 4 to 6

Broccoli ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces

Mediterranean Cous-Cous Salad

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 19th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: cous cous, gaiam cafe, healthy, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, Mediterranean, recipes, salad, vegetarian

Enjoy this simple yet savory Mediterranean cous-cous salad from the Gaiam Café kitchen. Perfect as a healthy, vegetarian side dish.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Israeli cous-cous salad
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp tumeric
  • 1 Tbsp granulated/powdered onion
  • 1 qt vegetable stock
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red pepper, small dice

Grilled Vegetable Moussaka

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 16th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: bechamel, eggplant, food, gaiam cafe, Greek, Mediterranean, moussaka, recpie, squash, vegetarian, zucchini

Vegetable moussaka, asparagus and olivesA classic Greek dish, minus the meat. We love Mediterranean day in the Gaiam Café kitchen!

Serves 4 to 6

Moussaka Ingredients: