With a culi­nary ethos built on fresh, nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, sim­ply pre­pared, there’s a rea­son the Mediter­ranean diet has never gone out of fash­ion. Try these ideas from Cather­ine Quinn, in­spired by the nat­u­ral flavours of Sun­bites

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Eat a rain­bow

Plen­ti­ful sun­shine means Mediter­ranean chefs can choose from colour­ful fruit and veg all year round. Take in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ate a salad us­ing SunBlush toma­toes, deep pur­ple aubergines, bor­lotti beans and yel­low cour­gette flow­ers for a light lunch burst­ing with colour.

Slow-cooked per­fec­tion

Once for­got­ten cuts like brisket and shin may be on-trend in the UK, but they never left Mediter­ranean kitchens. Slow-cook­ing fi­brous meat helps re­lease rich flavours, re­sult­ing in sump­tu­ous dishes that won’t break the bank.

The se­cret pickle

Fer­mented foods like sauer­kraut are ev­ery­where right now – and the Mediter­ranean has a fer­mented favourite of its own in brine-pre­served olives. Treat your­self to a hand­ful now and then to help keep your good bac­te­ria topped up.

Snack on some sun­shine

Look­ing to add a bit of Mediter­ranean-in­spired crunch to your af­ter­noon snack­ing? Pick up a packet of Sun­bites new Sun Dried To­mato and Mozzarella flavour – the de­li­cious snacks are packed full of multi­grains and nat­u­ral flavours, per­fect for en­joy­ing on a sunny af­ter­noon.

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