A couple items from the dairy section will round out your meals:
- Eggs: Eggs were already going in your cart, right? Though you may intend to make those for breakfast, save a couple for a comforting, healthy dinner dish: shakshuka. Eggs baked in a spiced tomato sauce, served with crusty bread for dipping, this Israeli dish is sure to be a winner this week.
- Greek yogurt: This thicker variety of yogurt is not only a healthy breakfast option, but a staple in Mediterranean cooking. Combine some Greek yogurt with lemon juice and grated cucumber for a refreshing dip, condiment for your lamb meatballs or even an arugula salad topper with some pita bread for dipping.
- Cheese: Try forgoing cheddar and American this week, and pick tasty, international cheeses like Greek feta, Indian paneer or Mexican Cotija. These cheeses pair up with all the different ingredients you have picked up along the way, and you’ll be happy to top your meats, veggies, soups and even sandwiches with these salty, crumbly alternatives.
Now that we’ve talked about all the different spinoff dishes you can make, there are a couple of spices or spice blends you may want to pick up to enhance your dishes:
- Smoked paprika turns any meat dish or vegetable side into something Mediterranean-inspired and delicious.
- Essential Indian spice blends are garam masala and curry powder.
- Sumac, a citrusy, savory red spice, will elevate your basic salad or tomato sauce (like one you make for shakshuka).
Check out recipes on FoodNetwork.com if you need any ideas for how to cook some of the dishes mentioned here. Enjoy your week of eating around the world!
Written by Katie Allen, Food Network Kitchens Culinary Producer