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Grape Leaves: Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Stuffed Grape Leaves (with video)

Koula Barydakis shows us how to make vegetarian grape leaves on the island of Crete.

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The Heartbreak of America

The Heartbreak of America

When I was researching the Mediterranean Diet on the Island of Crete I interviewed a photographer about the Island and their healthy traditions. In 1950’s Crete, the people of the Island had some of the highest longevity rates in the world. The first researchers who went to Crete could only find one man on the whole island who had heart disease. People lived long, productive lives with very little illness. People mostly died of old age.

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Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Avocado

Koula’s Salad

Koula’s salad is our favorite lunchtime salad. It’s perfectly balanced w/ protein packed nutty chickpeas and our favorite superfood avocado. You’ll get your greens in with salad, leaving you feeling healthful and fulfilled.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Cauliflower with Blood Oranges

Cauliflower, Sweet Peppers And Blood Oranges

Sometimes when I’m in the produce aisle, certain fruits and vegetables just “call to me.” Yesterday it was the call of cauliflower and blood oranges. A quick web search revealed a technique for roasting cauliflower with olive oil and blood oranges. And, that’s where it all began for this recipe creation. I decided that this beautiful spring day was deserving of plenty of vibrancy.

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Hiking for Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle

Take a hike!

Anytime is the perfect time to go for a hike. But, as temperatures start to cool and leaves begin to turn we are especially in the mood for a day of hiking! Hiking is a wonderful way to commune with nature and be in the moment. Worries and distractions fall away as we take in the sights, scents and sounds all around us. A cacophony of bird songs, the crunch of leaves and twigs underfoot, waterfalls, and breathtaking panoramic views are just a few of the gifts that nature gives us when we pay attention.

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Chermoula: Moroccan Cilantro Sauce

Chermoula: Moroccan Cilantro Sauce

Last weekend, my wife, Christine, and I tried our hand at creating one of the succulent sauces of Morocco.  Chermoula, which is often used to top baked fish or chicken has as many variations as there are cooks who have made it.  The base usually includes fresh cilantro, freshly squeezed lemon juice, onion, garlic, extra […]

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Fennel: Feathery And Flavorful, For Feasting or Fasting

Fennel: Feathery And Flavorful, For Feasting or Fasting

Eat “nose to tail” with fennel. From fronds, to seed to bulb, you’ll find fennel delicious and full of healthful benefits!

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Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Great way to enjoy quinoa! Thanks to our contributor, Laura Alpern, an avid cook headed to The Culinary Institute of America.

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Mediterranean Diet Resources

The Cookbook Junkies Community

The Cookbook Junkies is a great place to commune and connect over food. Learn more about joining this welcoming community especially for cookbook lovers.

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Mediterranean Diet Benefits

Why the Mediterranean Diet is Unlike Any Other Diet

Does the word ‘diet’ fill you with dread? Does it make you think of deprivation, eating food that tastes like cardboard, and feeling hungry all the time? There are many ‘diets’ that cause these feelings for people, and they don’t provide long-term results. The Mediterranean diet is different. Here is a list of reasons why.

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