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Mediterranean Diet: Authentic Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

Authentic Greek Salad (Horiátiki Salata)

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The waiter brought us bread with extra virgin olive oil to dip. The oil was so good. Then he brought the greek salad. This was a moment I will never...

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Beans and Greens with Polenta

Beans and Greens over Polenta

5 of 5 60 Minutes

The beans and greens of the Mediterranean are cooked in extra virgin olive oil and are usually vegan. You're definitely going to want to use a lot of extra virgin...

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Mediterranean Diet: Chicken Stifado (stew) in Bowl

Slow Cooker Chicken Stifado (Greek Chicken Stew)

5 of 5 360 Minutes

Traditional stifado usually requires much more care and way more steps than this version. The flavor, however, comes out the same. You're going to need some good crusty bread because...

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Mediterranean Diet: Leek Fritters

Leek and Potato Fritters (Greece)

5 of 5 20 Minutes

Leek fritters are one of my favorite appetizers from the Mediterranean Diet.  The oniony flavor of the leeks goes amazing with fresh dill and parsley.  I love dipping these in...

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Traditional Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

Traditional Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

This traditional Mediterranean Diet meal plan will show you foods that the people of the Mediterranean ACTUALLY eat. These recipes are very traditional foods from their respective countries and are eaten from childhood. Children from these countries grow up loving vegetables and beans because they are cooked in a delicious way, with lots of olive oil, fresh herbs, citrus, and aromatic spices.

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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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