to SCAPP3LL3, hi I' m italian and it is true all the grains we eat are white! they used to be whole my granny used to eat whole wheat homemade bread but now the whole grains product are kind an old fashion thing, or they are available just for people that are in a diet or for whoever want to change lifestyle for better. the main problem is that a pound of whole wheat could cost somenthing in between 2 up to 4 euro while a pound of plain refined dececco costs about 1 euro O.O.... the good thing is we don't use a lots of butter but we use extra vergin olive oil and we eat a lots of veggie and fruits and beans or lentils and so on... it is sure that the most famous dish are super fat super igh in calories like lasagna pizza, pesto, cotoletta alla milanese, risotto (the real one is made whith butter veggies or fish or meat and broth and cheese a lot of cheese) but it is also true that we enjoy those meal just during big occasion.... i think the last time I eat lasagna at home was during christmas so it is something once in a while..... the only problem is that the whole grains are little bit expensive :(
Sounds great but its not true. I live in Italy, they eat cookies for breakfast. Seriously. And they NEVER eat healthy whole grains. All the fresh breads, pastas, pastries, etc. are from white, refined, simple-carb flour. They are thinner, but not necessarily healthier. They have a huge rate of diabetes in people 60 and older. And all the other human conditions common in America. Except obesity.
Just wondering why there isn't a Mediterranean Cuisine recipe section on the site?
12/27/2010 10:29:06 AM
Sounds really high carb :-(
12/25/2010 6:44:05 PM
This is a really good way to eat! I have really had to train myself to eat more vegetables when sometimes I just want bread. But I love my afternoon snack of a fresh apple and almonds or walnuts. Thanks Maddy for the cookbook recommendation--I am going to request that at the library for more ideas.
The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein is a GREAT cookbook for wonderful recipes influenced by styles from Spain to Morocco to Italia. I wasn't a vegan when I got this book and I felt free to add cheese or chicken to different recipes, but it was also my transition book to becoming vegan. There are no meat substitutes, just excellent, flavorful whole foods. The quick minestrone is still one of my stand by soups 4 1/2 years later. It's a great way to eat especially in the summer when my garden is giving me all that lovely "Mediterranean" produce!
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