Your Doctor has told you that your cholesterol levels have creeped into the borderline to dangerous category. They may tell you that in order to avoid taking medications you need to start eating more salad or that it is time to dust off your running shoes. They may recommend you start following the cholesterol lowering Mediterranean Diet. Something that you probably won't hear them say is "oh, and it's time to stop drinking coffee."
The pan con tomate that we make here in our Spanish home in Guadalajara, and which is found in bars and restaurants all over Spain, is based on an old tradition in Cataluña. Originally known as ¨pa amb tomaquet¨, the Catalonian tradition was to take stale bread and rub it with raw garlic and wedges of tomato, then drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle it lightly with salt.
A plant based diet is a one that focuses on eating plants and has been shown to have a number of benefits for our health and the planet. A plant based diet doesn't need to be vegetarian or vegan, being an omnivore is totally possible. The key is to eat much more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains as compared to meat.
The future needs sustainable food systems and plant based diets are what scientists are telling us to eat in order to combat climate change. A plant based diet doesn't have to be a vegetarian or vegan diet. Any diet that puts the primary focus on eating plants (while still allowing for some meat) is a plant based diet. The Mediterranean Diet is a plant based diet. So the question is... could eating a diet that’s been around for thousands of years be a sustainable diet for the future of our planet?
Here are 7 of our favorite Mediterranean chicken recipes! These recipes are a mixture of traditional moroccan, greek and mediterranean-inspired recipes that are easy to make. These all follow the principles of the traditional Mediterranean Diet. Although meat is eaten less on the Mediterranean Diet, chicken is still consumed in the Mediterranean and is used in some amazingly delicious ways. We hope you enjoy these seven Mediterranean chicken recipes!
When it comes to Mediterranean vegetables, one of my favorites is eggplant. Eggplant can be breaded, fried, grilled and prepared in so many ways it is hard not to love it. Eggplant's ability to absorb flavor makes it ideal for marinades and casseroles where the flavors of the ingredients all come together while baking. These eggplant recipes come from Greece, Italy and Lebanon, which have some of tastiest foods in the Mediterranean.
Zucchini is just as plentiful in the Mediterranean as it is everywhere else which is why there are so many Mediterranean zucchini recipes. On the island of Crete, zucchini is often fried or baked in extra virgin olive oil. If you like fried food, the zucchini recipes for zucchini fries and fritters will rock your world. Zucchini is also a great vegetable for anyone who is avoiding gluten. Below you will find a recipe for zucchini noodles that even pasta lovers like myself find equally as tasty as normal pasta noodles.