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Mediterranean Diet: Baked Eggplant with Caramelized Onions (Central Greece)

Baked Eggplant with Caramelized Onions (Central Greece)

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A rustic dish from the central Greek city of Nafpaktos. You can easily alter the quantities of garlic, oil, onions, and oregano to suit your taste buds.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes Soutzoukakia

Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (Soutzoukakia )

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Traditional Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce made with wine, bread and cumin.

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The Best Vegan Pesto Recipe

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Pesto can brighten up any dish. It’s so fresh tasting and it adds a ton of flavor to any salad, pasta, or sandwich. Our best recipe for Vegan Pesto...

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Mediterranean Culinary Travels: Thessaloniki

The Cuisine of Thessaloniki (Greece)

For me, and for many other food lovers, Thessaloniki is a gastronomic paradise. Walking down the streets, you are pulled in every direction by the aromas of grilled meats, strong coffee, fresh bread, savory pies and the sweet smell of bakeries pumping out tray after tray of syrup-laden desserts. There are plenty of ouzo and meze houses that serve small plates of traditional dishes that are influenced by years of occupation from different nations.

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Stuffed Vegetables: Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Two Weeks of Eating on the Greek island of Crete

I would like to share Cretan dishes that I have eaten in a two week period, all cooked by my aunt in a small village in northwestern Crete. All of these dishes are eaten for the lunch meal and leftovers are served for dinner. Lunch and dinner is enjoyed with a Greek salad, crusty bread and glass of wine.

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Breakfast Crete: Mediterranean Diet

Cooking, Eating, Napping: Life on the Healthiest Island in the World (Crete, Greece)

The Mediterranean Diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world. And, the Greek island of Crete is a great place to explore this traditional, healthy diet. The unique climate of Crete allows everything to grow in abundance. Wherever you travel in Crete, you are surrounded by olive trees. Cretans consume the most olive oil of anybody in the world. This is one of the keys to their extremely healthy way of life.

The Cretan diet consists of lots of olive oil, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of meat and fish. Cretans also consume moderate amounts of wine and Raki, the local aperitif. They cook everything in olive oil and they hardly use butter. Butter is used for certain dishes and special occasions like rice pilaf. Could this way of eating explain why Cretans have some of the lowest rate of heart disease in the world? This is certainly part of it.

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