Mediterranean cooking is one of my favorite styles to create in the kitchen for its simple use of herbs and spices. Those little herbs do big things for the body. Marjoram and rosemary, for instance, are high in Vitamins A and C and minerals such as phosporous, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. (To name a few!) They also have high protein profiles. Sage and oregano are both good for the digestion with sage being good for expelling mucous and oregano being good for dispelling gas. (The latter is a fabulous addition to beans for that very anti-gas quality.)
Beans are one of my favorite dishes to cook because they are, well, I’ll say it, cheap and easy yet satisfying. They also take on the flavors of anything you add, and, in this case, the symphony of fragrant herbs and sunny lemon played well against the creaminess of the white beans. It was also a visually stunning recipe!
White beans High in protein, low in fat, a good source of insoluble fiber, they are also a great source of iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin B9. Being a plant based source of protein, they are also fairly good at keeping the acid/alkaline balance in the body.
Herbs There are a number of culinary herbs from the Mediterranean region, which not only enhance the flavor of food and liven the landscape; they have other medicinal and nutritional properties as well. Most of the culinary herbs contain vitamins and minerals, which increase the nutritional value of the food to which they are added. This is especially true for parsley leaves. A number of the Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary, sage, marjoram, and thyme have antioxidant actions which help to support the immune system, as well as the heart and cardiovascular system. Additionally, many culinary herbs have carminative properties which improve digestion, as well as reducing gas and bloating.