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Five Things to Remember Podcast

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Fiesta

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Food Cart

  • Egyptian Breakfast: Ful Medames Breakfast, yum!When I think of the typical American breakfast, I am reminded of those long lines of cars at Dunkin Donuts full of people waiting impatiently for morning coffee, doughnuts, and egg sandwiches.  Would they give up their vanilla creme donut and caramel covered latte for some beans and bread? Many countries throughout the world enjoy a ...
  • Searching for the Perfect Falafel Recipe Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Falafel with Tahini SauceMy first experience making falafel was a huge and embarrassing disaster.  I was in my late 20’s and living as an intern in an intentional community.  Once a month, I had to make dinner for all the interns and residents of the community. I wanted to prove what a great cook I was so I decided ...
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Guest House

  • Chios, Greece – The Greek Island of Mastic Chios - Mediterranean DietFor a taste of an authentic Greek lifestyle, visit Chios Greece (pronounced “Hee-os”), the island destination of Greek families and friends. Far from the tourism of the Cyclades, it lies 7 km from the Turkish coast and has maintained an essentially Greek way of life in its culture, its natural resources and especially its food.
  • Rhodes, The Greek Island of Sun Rhodes The Greek Island of Sun Rhodes is the island of the sun, having over 300 days of sun annually.  The Mediterranean diet is in full force here, with the olive tree being cultivated since ancient times. There are citrus trees and vineyards, beautiful wildflowers everywhere, and an array of wild herbs and greens growing out of the fertile Rhodian soil. ...
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Heart of the Matter

  • Our Favorite Avocado Toast Recipes avocado toastWe’ve been testing avocado toast recipes lately and trying to create healthy Mediterranean versions. These are three of our favorite recipes we came up with. Two of these recipes are savory and one is sweet. They are all simple to make, but are also filling and nutritional Mediterranean breakfast recipes.
  • Chios, Greece – The Greek Island of Mastic Chios - Mediterranean DietFor a taste of an authentic Greek lifestyle, visit Chios Greece (pronounced “Hee-os”), the island destination of Greek families and friends. Far from the tourism of the Cyclades, it lies 7 km from the Turkish coast and has maintained an essentially Greek way of life in its culture, its natural resources and especially its food.
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Living Mediterranean

  • 9 Mediterranean Diet Recipes to Help Relieve Constipation Mediterranean Diet Recipes to Help Relieve ConstipationLet’s face it, constipation is no fun.  It is uncomfortable, painful and can be dangerous if it goes on too long.  Luckily, most cases of constipation can be solved with a change in diet and exercise (for severe constipation, you should see your doctor).  Some of my favorite recipes just happen to be excellent at ...
  • Romantic Mediterranean Meals for Valentine’s Day Romantic mediterranean mealsThere isn’t much that is more satisfying than making a romantic meal for your loved one, especially when it really comes from your heart.  I invite you this valentine’s day to forget about the commercialism and really delve into what about your loved one makes your heart leap.  Spend some time thinking about what would ...
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Local Flavor

  • Sofrito in Mediterranean Cooking Mediterranean Diet Recipes: SofritoSofrito is a traditional Spanish vegetable base that is a foundation for many other dishes. It has a long a long history and has been referenced in cookbooks as early as the 1300’s. Sofrito is highly flavorful and makes an excellent base for sauces, stews and other dishes. The elevated flavors are the result of the ...
  • Best of Boiled Eggs, Mediterranean Style Mediterranean Diet: Potato and Egg Salad with Olives and FetaBoiled eggs are a popular ingredient eaten in The Mediterranean. From Tunisia to France, to Israel to Croatia, you’ll find boiled eggs served whole, sliced and chopped into dishes. Boiled eggs are a simple food that can elevate your cooking, particularly in combination with fresh vegetables. They have a natural umami (savory) flavor, so ...
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Mediterranean Diet

  • 7 Ladera (In Olive Oil) Dishes – Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan Series Ladera Recipes: Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan“Ladera (lathera) is a Greek word meaning “in oil”. These are the kinds of foods that define the real Mediterranean diet. They are mainly vegetarian foods cooked in copious amounts of extra virgin olive oil. Since meat was eaten scarcely in the traditional Mediterranean diet, people relied on these foods to fill them up and ...
  • Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan: Weight Loss Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan: Weight LossA modified Mediterranean Diet meal plan has been shown to help people lose weight and most importantly, to keep the weight off.  I personally have lost 40 pounds eating the Mediterranean Diet and have been able to keep the weight off for 2 years.  The trick, for me, has been losing the weight slowly and ...
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Mediterranean Vegan

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Mediterranean Vegetarian

  • Our Favorite Avocado Toast Recipes avocado toastWe’ve been testing avocado toast recipes lately and trying to create healthy Mediterranean versions. These are three of our favorite recipes we came up with. Two of these recipes are savory and one is sweet. They are all simple to make, but are also filling and nutritional Mediterranean breakfast recipes.
  • 7 Mediterranean Salad Dressings mediterranean salad dressingHere are seven Mediterranean style salad dressings that are simple to make, and much healthier than most of store-bought dressings. These dressings can also be used as marinades for meat and fish.
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Moving with a Purpose

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Nectar of the Gods

  • Olive Oil and The Simple Salad   “Olive oil is as important to a salad as a door is to a barn” —-From One Thousand Salads by Olive Green (I kid you not, that’s his real name), published 1909   My wife Christine used to like to eat her salads without any dressing.  To me, a naked salad could only be eaten if the vegetables ...
  • Top Tips For Buying & Cooking With Olive Oil Mediterranean DietOlive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet.  You will find it in almost every Mediterranean Diet recipe.  It can be difficult to get a good quality olive oil here in the states.  Here are some tips for buying and cooking with olive oil.
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Peasant Baker

  • How to eat and make Cretan rusks (Dakos) I don’t like to get embarrassed.  It probably stems from my days as a geeky overweight kid with thick plastic glasses and a tendency towards bright, neon colored clothes bought by my Mother at the Salvation Army. My fear of embarrassment multiplies by ten when I am traveling in other countries.  I barely tried to speak ...
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Peasantries

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Sacred Table

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Sea Cuisine

  • What Seafood is Safe to Eat? It’s not always easy figuring out what to eat as part of a healthy and environmentally conscious diet. And, there are many factors that come into play when choosing fish and seafood. There’s quite a bit of information out there on this topic. It can be a challenge to wade through it all to discover ...
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Siesta

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Sunday Dinner

  • How to cook a Moroccan tagine dish without a tagine Mediterranean Diet-Cooking Tagine Dishes without a TagineYou don’t have to own a tagine to make an incredible tagine recipe. Here are some tips on cooking tagine recipes using other types of pots!
  • Chicken Tagine with Lemons and Olives This recipe blends the spices of Morocco (cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon) with a New England twist (molasses).  Don’t let the long list of ingredients fool you, it’s mostly spices and the prepping should take about 20 minutes.  Because liquid is released from the vegetables while cooking, the end result is more of a stew and ...
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Tapas/Mezze

  • Our Favorite Avocado Toast Recipes avocado toastWe’ve been testing avocado toast recipes lately and trying to create healthy Mediterranean versions. These are three of our favorite recipes we came up with. Two of these recipes are savory and one is sweet. They are all simple to make, but are also filling and nutritional Mediterranean breakfast recipes.
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves (with video) Grape Leaves: Mediterranean Diet RecipesKoula Barydakis shows us how to make vegetarian grape leaves on the island of Crete.
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Taverna

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Tiny Sweets

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Weeds and Spice

  • Lemon Balm: Summer’s Remedy for the Busy Mind Lemon Balm in the Mediterranean Diet with RecipesIn the Mediterranean, the growing season lasts for much of the year. One of the principles of the Mediterranean Diet is to eat what is in season, and what is abundantly available. July is a month of great abundance in our gardens here in New England, and one of the plants that grows most heartily ...
  • Beat The Summer Heat With Cooling Peppermint Mediterranean diet recipe for peppermint teaWe all know and love the flavor of peppermint. It’s cooling, refreshing, invigorating, and slightly tingly. A cup of iced peppermint tea on a hot summer day is a wonderful treat, as is an after dinner mint, particularly after a heavy meal. Adding fresh mint to hot and spicy dishes, particularly to sauces, marinades and ...
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