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The Cookstr Weekly: Mediterranean for Health and Pleasure

March 1, 2013
A recent study showed compelling evidence that a Mediterranean diet can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, which is fantastic news for many who already eat along those lines. The ‘true’ Mediterranean diet includes a significant amount of fat coming from olive oil, nuts and fish, and plenty of vegetables, fruits and legumes.
But we aren’t talking about the sad piece of frozen salmon with a helpless-looking side of limp broccoli or boiled spinach. Think hearty bean dishes with lots of garlic, marinated fish with sumptuous sauteed eggplant, and whole grains studded with toasted nuts and dried fruit. Add a few different kinds of veggies to a bowl of pasta, or sub in pureed cauliflower for the mashed potatoes in a weeknight dinner. What are your favorite recipes that fulfill the criteria of Mediterranean eating?
Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director

by Jean-Georges Vongerichten

A whole fish is an impressive and luxurious meal, especially cooked on a colorful bed of thinly sliced fennel, cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley. This recipe for Roasted Whole Sea Bass with Fennel, Meyer Lemons, and Cherry Tomatoes is high in Vitamin C, and best of all, it only takes about ten minutes of prep time. You can finish the rest of that bottle of wine (this recipe calls for one cup) while the fish is in the oven!


More Mediterranean Recipes from Cookstr

“The key to delicious and moist banana cake is making sure you have extremely ripe bananas – nice and dirty-brown. Trying to make tasty banana bread with pale green bananas is like trying to make your eyelashes look voluptuous with old, clumpy mascara! Ideally, buy the bananas ahead of time and store them in a brown bag in a drawer; do not refrigerate them. Helpful hint: If you are in a pinch, I suggest begging a produce department employee to find some ripe bananas in the back (they usually pull the bananas that look too ripe and throw them away).” 
– Sarah Levy 
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