Friday, October 28, 2011

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid Gets a Makeover

By Elena Paravantes, RD
From the Olive Oil Times

The Mediterranean Diet Foundation in collaboration with several international health and nutrition organizations updated the traditional Mediterranean Diet pyramid to reflect and adapt to today’s lifestyle.

While some elements remained the same, there were new components added to this eating plan in order to represent the Mediterranean lifestyle as a whole.

The pyramid continues to promote breads, grains, olive oil, fruits and vegetables as the basis of the diet, while red meat and sweets are at the tip of the pyramid to be consumed sparingly. However, in this version recommended servings are included as well, providing the reader with a better idea of how much to eat and not only what to eat.

The most interesting aspect of this new model is the fact that it includes suggestions regarding cooking, socializing, use of seasonal and local foods, activity, moderation and of course adequate rest.

The pyramid has been translated in 10 languages that are spoken in the Mediterranean region and can be downloaded from the Mediterranean Diet Foundation website.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

AntiPasti Chopped Salad - 5 Ingredients Fix - Claire Robinson

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Artichoke Chicken

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This recipe was so easy and SOOO GOOD! Great for a quick weekday meal!

Ingredients:
1 (15 ounce) can artichoke heart
half a bunch of parsley
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or boneless skinless thighs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a food processor, chop the artichoke hearts, parsley and garlic. Then mix in the mayonnaise.
Place chicken in a greased baking dish, and cover evenly with artichoke mixture.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear.
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebrating National Pizza Month with Artichoke Pizza

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Cara Mia brand was started by an artichoke grower co-op in 1955, in the “artichoke capital” of the world, Castroville, CA. The co-op opened as a freezer operator with the intent of providing consumers another means to enjoy the edible thistle all year around. The venture proved so successful that a marinating line was added in 1958. Soon sales of the marinated produce far surpassed the frozen line as consumers enjoyed the proprietary marinade that dressed the tender leaves. The Borges Group acquired Cara Mia and its proprietary spice mix/marinade recipe in 2001. Today Cara Mia is the #1 selling brand of marinated artichokes. Look for them, and the other Cara Mia marinated vegetable items, in the Produce Dept.
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