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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Polenta Side Dishes

Polenta is cooked cornmeal, which historically was used in the Mediterranean by the peasants as mush. Now, however, many upscale restaurants all along the Mediterranean coast [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Bulgur Wheat Side Dishes

Side dishes prepared with bulgur wheat are very common along the Mediterranean coast; many of the region’s most celebrated, classic recipes use this grain. [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Bean Dishes

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and fava beans are two of the most common beans in Mediterranean cooking, but you also see other varieties, such as black beans and kidney beans. Beans are such [more…]

Eat Pasta Responsibly on the Mediterranean Diet

Pasta is one of the best parts of the Mediterranean diet. But, pasta is one of those foods that can be part of a healthy diet or can become a not-so-healthy problem. People in the United States and Canada [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Vegetarian Pasta

Pasta dishes in the Mediterranean diet are often side dishes or are served in much smaller portions than Americans are used to. Although including protein with your pasta is a good idea, not all pasta [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Seafood Pasta

The recipes here celebrate the coming together of two of Mediterranean cooking’s star players: pasta and seafood. The Mediterranean coast definitely has no shortage of seafood, so you often see seafood [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Pasta with Meat

A great way to make a one-pot Mediterranean meal is to add some type of meat, such as chicken, pork, or beef, to your pasta. Add some vegetables and a fresh sauce, and you have a complete meal. Using meat [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Classic Gyros and Pitas

Gyros and pita sandwiches are common casual foods in the Mediterranean. Just like pizza and other Mediterranean sandwiches, many different versions of pita sandwiches and gyros exist today. [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Chicken Classics from Southern Italy

Chicken is a popular dish served throughout the Mediterranean. Chicken is widely popular in Italy, including in some of those classic, much-loved dishes such as chicken cacciatore and chicken piccata. [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Cretan Chicken Dishes

Grilling and braising are the most popular ways to cook meats in Crete; combined with fresh herbs and spices and traditional foods such as yogurt, cheese, and olives, these techniques create chicken dishes [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Moroccan and Spanish Chicken Dishes

You find no shortage of flavor when you begin cooking with traditional Moroccan and Spanish meals. Moroccan cuisine brings North Africa’s unique flavors and regional foods; it’s very flavorful because [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Appetizers as a Meal

Traditional Mediterranean cuisine is quite unique in that many people often don’t have a main entrée, but instead they eat a series of small side dishes including a variety of different foods, such as [more…]

Recipe for Carrot Salad

This brilliantly orange-colored salad from Morocco and Tunisia combines the culinary elements of the Mediterranean region with the exotic spices of the East, which were brought to the region hundreds of [more…]

Recipe for Greek-Style Yogurt (Yaoúrti)

Imported yogurt from Greece and locally made Greek-style yogurt have been appearing more and more on the shelves of high-end supermarkets and specialty food stores. Once you try it, there’s no going back [more…]

Recipe for Rosemary Potatoes

This recipe is the perfect accompaniment to almost any grilled or roasted dishes, be it meat or seafood. Wild herbs, such as the rosemary in this recipe, grow in abundance throughout Greece and are used [more…]

Butter Cookies (Kourabiedes, Kurabia, Ghiraybah)

These are the ultimate butter cookies. Buttery and light, they literally melt in your mouth. In many countries, they’re prepared and served on special occasions, such as Christmas and weddings, but in [more…]

Feta Cheese and Roasted Pepper Spread

This beautifully reddish orange cheese spread is addictive. It combines two favorite ingredients used in Greek and Arabic cooking: feta cheese and roasted red peppers. The addition of pickled peppers adds [more…]

How to Make Rice Pudding (Rizógalo, Gatnabour)

Traders spread rice throughout the Mediterranean region and Middle East hundreds of years ago. Today, rice appears not only in savory dishes such as Stuffed Grape Leaves and Pilaf but also in sweets such [more…]

Potato and Garlic Spread (Skordalia)

This thick, creamy garlicky spread is served all over Greece as a popular meze with pita bread, although you can also serve it in the summer with a bowl of raw baby carrots. This unique combination of [more…]

How to Make Mock Kataifi Nut Pastries

Finely shredded pieces of phyllo dough, or kataifi, are a favorite Greek and Middle Eastern ingredient to use in making baklava-like pastries. When baked, it crisps up and closely resembles shredded wheat [more…]

Recipe for Falafel

Street food in many Arabic countries, falafel is a delicious Arabic fast food of fried balls (or patties) of ground and seasoned chickpeas stuffed into a pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, and a tahini [more…]

Recipe for Greek Salad (Salatà Eliniki)

People who haven’t ever sampled a Greek salad don’t know what they’re missing. When properly made, a Greek salad should be a combination of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers, livened up with the [more…]

Recipe for Quince Paste (Kythonopasto)

This recipe is made in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and, naturally, Greece. Although every home cook has her own favorite version, the one that follows provides the best results. Don’t be turned off [more…]

Recipe for Swooning Iman (Iman Bayildi)

The history behind this recipe is unique. Rumor has it that this dish was prepared by a Greek cook for an Ottoman iman. The ruler was so taken by the aroma and taste of the dish that he became lightheaded [more…]

Recipe for Yogurt Cake (Yaourtopita, Yogurt Tatlisi)

This wonderfully moist cake (called yaourtopita in Greece and yogurt tatlisi in Turkey) tastes even better when served the day after it’s made. It was probably first created by some farm wife to take advantage [more…]

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