Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest way of eating. I have been eating in this manner for a long time and I feel amazing! You can enjoy delicious food every day and be fit, satisfied, and happy. Here is how.

For breakfast, try a homemade banana-chocolate-almond bread. Filled with healthy flaxseeds, the crunchy slices are perfect with a cup of coffee. Or if you are craving something salty, try whole wheat bread with pesto, prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, and tomato slices. This is like a pizza for breakfast, but it is actually very well paired with a cup of green tea with lemon juice. I like to bake my own bread, so I feel even better, because I use organic ingredients. In addition, it tastes as good as it looks!

Banana-chocolate-almond bread

Whole-wheat hot sandwich with pesto, prosciutto, mozzeralla, and tomotoes

Whole-wheat bread out of my oven

Whole wheat bread ready to be sliced

For lunch, try sliders instead of hige burgers. I make mine on potato rolls. The patties are made from ground chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese. To add more mediterranean flavors, I use yogurt-based aioli and roasted bell peppers for more color. Arugula sounds fancy, but it adds such a good peppery flavor and together with the roasted fries, they round out the meal perfectly. Sometimes, I like to mix some tropical flavors in my diet to make it more interesting. A refreshing lunch is a rice salad with grilled chicken, mango, grapes, pineapple, mint, and lemony vinaigrette. For those cold snow days, nothing is better than a hot roasted fennel and garbanzo soup!

Chicken, sun-dried, feta sliders with arugula, yogurt sauce, and oven fries

Tropical Salad to go! Chicken, mango, pineapple, grapes, and mint!

Tropical salad for a relaxing day-off!

Roasted fennel, onioin, and garbanzo beans

For dinner, serve yourself a glass (or two) of red wine and make mini whole-wheat pizzas with pesto, chicken, grapes, parmesano, and mozzarella cheese. Top it with baby arugula and you have an express meal and a happy husband! Sometimes, I make a slow-cooked ragu, like the pork and fennel ragu over casarecce sprinkled with parmesano. We start all these wonderful meals with a salad or a soup. Recently, I have been trying so many different styles. For example, the carror slaw with green apple and roasted almonds is sweet, crunchy, and refreshing. On the other hand, the roasted asparagus and roasted radishes salad has an intensified flavors and just a touch of fresh ingredients (grape tomatoes, herbs, and feta cheese).

Grapes, chicken, pesto, cheeses, and arugula pizza

The best nights are the pizza nights!

Pork and fennel ragu over casarecce

Carrot slaw with green apple and toasted almonds

Grilled asparagus and radishes salad

For dessert, try creme brulee with fresh fruits, or cheese cake with chocolate sauce. They are so sweet and creamy, that I am happy each night!

Cheesecake with chocolate sauce and chocolate truffle

Creme brulee with fresh strawberries and mint

For special romantic nights, I prepare our favorite foods, like salmon with yogurt sauce and coconut-corn jasmine rice. Or coriander-cumin crusted tuna with saffron aioli. Or sexy fungi pizza (slow roasted mushrooms) with prosciutto, onions, cheese, and chili oil.

Beautiful flower arrangement

Sockeye salmon, coconut-corn jasmine rice, yogurt-fennel sauce

Fungi pizza with prosciutto, onions, and cheeses

Coriander-cumin crusted tuna with saffron aioli and coconut-corn rice

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