I’m a huge believer in the Mediterranean way of eating. Traditional Mediterranean culture focuses on satiating high fiber, high protein foods. Additionally, meals tend to center on roasted vegetables, high fiber soups, protein-rich beans, and whole grains. Of course, most Mediterranean meals do not end without a glass or two of a delicious, red wine.
Unlike some other prescribed diets, I do not see the Mediterranean diet as a fad diet. It doesn’t have an extensive list of emphatically rejected foods like a fad diet. The Mediterranean diet encourages healthier eating habits concerning food than most Westerners employ. In fact, it goes beyond food a person puts in his mouth.
The lifestyle encourages active living and enjoying moderation in life.
Mediterranean Diet: Easy Recipes for A Healthy Diet
Daniel Alley gives an excellent overview of the Mediterranean Diet in his book Mediterranean Diet: Easy Recipes for A Healthy Diet And Permanent Weight Loss By Cooking Delicious Meals.
In addition to 18 mouthwatering recipes, the author includes four chapters addressing the Mediterranean lifestyle, myths surrounding the diet, ingredients included in many Mediterranean foods, and a section covering the science and benefits of the way of life.
I am happy to see him dispell some myths with these facts:
Pasta isn’t the end-all.
Red wine is good in moderation. More than a glass (or two) is overkill.
It’s a lifestyle – not just a diet.
The diet is based on the traditional diet consumed around the World War II era and includes lean fish and chicken, plenty of whole grains, legumes, beans, and nutritious vegetables. Unlike my previous Mediterranean cookbook review, this book includes meat. If you want a vegan Mediterranean cookbook, I recommend this one. That book does not offer the comprehensive look at this diet that Daniel Alley includes here, however, it does have an abundance of vegan recipes.
I do wish Daniel Alley included photos, but he does not. None of the recipes offer nutritional information, so I recommend using MyFitnessPal or a similar app to determine nutritional content.
I also wish he’d included more than 18 recipes. However, if you want some excellent information on the Mediterranean Diet, this book is a great start. The recipes all look tasty, too!
Mediterranean Flounder Recipe
Feel free to substitute tilapia or any other firm white fish for the flounder.
This Mediterranean Flounder is a healthy, high protein, fast-cook meal boasting a medley of complex flavors. Definitely not bland!
I made a few minor changes to the author’s original recipe. Daniel Alley’s recipe calls for blanching 12 fresh, Roma tomatoes. I just substituted one can of canned tomatoes for simplicity. Blanching fresh tomatoes results in lower sodium than my version. He also calls for a Spanish onion. I used a red onion to cut the tang of the canned tomatoes a bit.
As is typical for the Mediterranean diet, this main-dish recipe is low fat, low sugar, and high protein. I suggest pairing it with a Greek salad (recipe also in the book) to complete the meal.
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