The Mediterranean diet features so many delicious vegan recipes because it is a plant-based diet. This is 7 of our favorite vegan recipes, from Vegan Pesto to Baked Eggplant with Caramelized Onions. There’s a great variety of recipes to try out! If you have a guest who’s vegan, there’s a perfect recipe for them on this list! Even if you aren’t vegan, and you just want to eat healthier, these are great recipes to add to your diet!
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Koula Barydakis shows us how to make vegetarian grape leaves on the island of Crete.
In this podcast, we interview Dr. Artemis Morris, a naturopathic physician about the health benefits and myths of olive oil. One of the myths of olive oil is that you cannot use it for frying or deep-frying, because of its low smoking point.
Back in my “eating like crap” stage of life I would have never thought that one day I would become addicted to eating bitter greens and potatoes simmered in olive oil with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Having been brought up on a steady diet of over-cooked frozen and canned spinach, peas, and broccoli slathered in slightly melted tub margarine, I only understood vegetables to be something to plow through in order to get to the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Tuna Helper. As an adult I learned to steam and stir fry vegetables and grew to appreciate the flavor of local produce. It wasn’t until I went to the Island of Crete, though, that I really began to crave bitter greens.
Being vegan means not consuming any animal products (including meat, milk, cheese, honey, fish, and chicken). There are plenty of vegan Mediterranean recipes. People on the Greek island of Crete are traditionally vegans half of the year, because they don’t eat any meat or dairy on religious holidays and there are a lot of religious holidays! On those days, they will eat veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, bread, and fruit. The great thing about this is that they have been doing it so long that they have created thousands of delicious recipes. There is no feeling of lack on the days when they go vegan.
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Foods of Crete Cookbook
"The scientifically acclaimed “Mediterranean Diet” is presented at its best here, with the liberal use of olive oil and plenty of vegetable and fish dishes in addition to mezedes (appetizers), meat dishes, desserts, and pretty much every Cretan dish you can think of."