Tired of being on diets only to gain all the weight back (plus more)? The Mediterranean diet is more like a lifestyle. Once you commit to it, you won’t want to stop eating its delicious food. The author of The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners knows of what she speaks she’s a Greek-American nutritionist and registered dietitian who has lived this lifestyle her entire life.
Other Mediterranean diet books limit the fattening foods, like olive oil, in the menu. This book does not. Other books encourage low-fat meats like boneless skinless chicken breasts. This book does not. In fact, this book allows cheese, bread, rice, and wine, which are forbidden on many other diets. The book allows pasta twice a week too. It encourages eating vegetables and beans and restricts red meat to once a week.
The book includes a two-week meal plan to get you started. However, the recipes are the star. Feta cheese is almost ubiquitous in the recipes. So if feta is not a favorite, this diet may not be for you. You might also want to purchase pots of fresh mint and dill. However, once you have those ingredients and extra virgin olive oil, the rest are relatively inexpensive. I bought enough to make sixteen recipes for under $80 that included the oil, cheese and herbs. I can’t wait to make the vegan Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew and the Baked Italian Spinach and Ricotta Balls. There are also desserts included like Stuffed Dates with Feta, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts. Yummy!
Want to lose weight without really trying while eating delicious food? Pick up The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners and begin your healthy new life! 5 stars and a favorite!
Thanks to DK and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.