Mediterranean Mezze Feast for Two – Part 2
Well now, since we last talked, I pulled together the mezze, and my wife said it was “amezzing.”
Here's a tour of the “family-style” deal, albeit for two.
I toasted some of the tiny pita breads. They are bite size and good for dipping into homemade hummus. I used chick peas and a dab of peanut butter, blended with olive oil, red curry, and elephant garlic. I served it with pearl black olives as a garnish.
I made the Greek yogurt with lemon juice, garlic, mint leaves, and shredded cucumber, served chilled.
I also served chilled tomatoes and chilled sliced radishes.
I made a mixture of shredded carrots with dried cranberries, enhanced with a little honey and balsamic vinegar.
In addition, I served the toasted sliced red bell pepper that was in an oil marinade over night.
We're stuffed and it was dramatic.
See the photos.
“Mediterranean diet: Choose this heart-healthy diet option The Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy eating plan combining elements of Mediterranean-style cooking. Here's how to adopt the Mediterranean diet.
If you're looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Most healthy diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats. While these parts of a healthy diet remain tried-and-true, subtle variations or differences in proportions of certain foods may make a difference in your risk of heart disease.
Benefits of the Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is thought to reduce your risk of heart disease. In fact, a 2007 study conducted in the United States found that both men and women who consumed a Mediterranean diet lowered their risk of death from both heart disease and cancer.
Key components of the Mediterranean diet include:
Getting plenty of exercise and eating your meals with family and friends
Eating a generous amount of fruits and vegetables
Consuming healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
Eating small portions of nuts
Drinking red wine, in moderation, for some
Consuming very little red meat
Eating fish or shellfish at least twice a week”