Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss2022-05-29T15:31:04-04:00

The Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss

Eggplant Casserole (Ikarian Soufico)

Soufico is arguably the best-known dish on Ikaria, the one recipe that almost everyone on the island cites as being completely unique to the place. And yet, its origins are unclear. It belongs to the general category of Mediterranean dishes, from ratatouille to caponata, where the roster of summer vegetables-eggplants, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes - works so harmoniously together in one pot.

Why a Mediterranean High Fat Diet is the Best (with recipes)

Fat is one of the most misunderstood components of a healthy diet. The belief that fat is fattening and increases our risk of heart disease has long been ingrained. It makes sense doesn’t it? Something that fills us up and makes food taste better must have its consequences. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to eat a high fat diet, lose weight and protect against heart disease at the same time. In fact, some of the healthiest people in the world eat high fat diets.

Mediterranean Fish Stew (30 minute recipe)

I'll be honest, even with my love of everything Mediterranean, I don't cook fish all that often.  Generally, I am more likely to get fish when I eat out than when I am at home.  I do love making fish stew though.  I had some amazing fish stews while sitting at small tavernas overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Crete and I enjoy the simplicity of a few vegetables, fresh herbs or spices, fish and a good  broth.  Plus there was the added benefit of watching the fishermen come in with their catch in the morning and eating it later in the day.

Chicken Skillet with Mushrooms and Slivered Parmesan

This recipe for Chicken Skillet with Mushrooms and Slivered Parmesan is delicious and versatile. Whether you’re looking for a quick recipe for lunch or something to take center stage on the dinner table, the combination of flavors in this dish are tried and true. The chicken breast comes out juicy after being cooked in white wine and extra virgin olive oil, which are two staples of the Mediterranean Diet.

Baked Halibut with Lemon and Rosemary (Greece)

I grew up in a small village in Crete where I learned to prepare the many traditional dishes that I still love cooking today. Some dishes are saved for special occasions like this recipe for baked halibut with lemon and rosemary. In the Greek Orthodox tradition, a feast is held on August 6th in honor of the transformation of Christ on Mount Tabor. On this day, I remember going to the small church near my parent’s house and eating fish after the service. 

Moroccan Fish Stew with Fresh Herbs

Nothing feels more authentically Mediterranean then sitting in a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea while enjoying a fish stew from fish that was caught that morning right next to the restaurant.  The warm stew is often served with wine, salad and other vegetables cooked in extra virgin olive oil.  Moroccan Fish Stew with Fresh Herbs is traditionally made in a Moroccan tagine, but we have adapted it so you can make it with any soup pot or Dutch oven.  

Spezzatino – Italian Beef Stew

Beef stew (spezzatino) is one of the most traditional dishes in Italy where it’s eaten throughout the country, from the mountains in the north to the islands in the south. However, in northern Italy most people eat it along with polenta while in the southern regions it’s usually served with just a few thick slices of crusty bread. This dish is so common that there are endless variations and basically every family has its own recipe. 



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