6 Tasty & Nourishing Spanish Tapas
I was recently in Madrid and its surrounding cities. It was a beautiful experience, and what struck me as a particularly great idea was the tapas culture there. Of course, tapas exist in other nations under various names: In France, they’re hors d’oeuvres; in Italy, antipasti. In Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt, they are called meze; and in Morocco, mukabalatt.
The idea is to enjoy a series of small bites. Many of them are deep fried, but you can choose some incredibly flavorful and healthy ones. You could wash down your tapas with beer, sherry or wine, or you could enjoy them with a simple glass of water. Rounded off with fresh orange wedges or grapes, they are delightfully palate-refreshing, too.
My pick of the most delicious and healthful tapas:
- Juicy grilled tomatoes, spiked with rosemary-flavored salt.
- Feta and Olive: loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and oodles of taste!
- Bruschetta: brushed with garlic, toasted and topped with goat cheese and/or tomatoes and herbs; this is a winner in my book.
- Portobello mushrooms filled with garlic and olive oil. Absolutely exquisite flavor, fibre and super-easy to make. I tried this in the Old Spanish Quarter, in a bar that makes only mushroom-based tapas!
- Peach and mozzarella skewers. Simple, delicious and so good for you.
- Spinach, garlic and tomato pizza: all the flavor and fibre without the fat!
Even if you indulge in a fried bite, the concept of eating small portions makes it both fun and low on guilt. Some ‘fatty’ bites, such as those featuring salmon or tuna, lavish you with essential Omega-3 fats, and because the portion-size is small, you need not worry about piling on the pounds.
Who says you can’t have your cheesy pizza and eat it too? Salud!