This my first posting about an area that I feel very passionate about, helping people prepare meals which are satisfying, delicious and balanced. It stems from a sensible approach to incorporating healthful eating habits into one’s life. The basics come from the ability to select ingredients full of macronutrients and flavor and the confidence and knowledge to prepare meals which are home-cooked and flexible, perhaps best representing the basic principles behind the Mediterranean diet.
As an illustration of the range of this diet, I want share my family recipe for keftedes, which are Greek meatballs prepared for holidays and special family occasions. During my childhood, my yia yia (grandmother) used to greet us with a plate of these meatballs for Sunday dinners. The kids would pop them into their mouths in between running and chasing each other around the yard. Adults would enjoy them with a glass of “holy water,” also known as red wine or other libation. My mother continued to make these for special occasions and now we do the same for friends and family. Now you may say, hold on! Why are you showcasing a red meat selection in this first post about supposed healthy cooking?
By selecting lean ground beef and using fresh ingredients and spices, you can make a delectable meatball which will satisfy the most demanding carnivore’s deepest cravings while also serve are a source of macronutrients and a treat to be eaten in moderation. Incorporating red meat into one’s diet in moderation is ok, especially if you are making the meal from scratch and you can control the ingredients that go into into the recipe. Eating a homemade meatball is a far cry from eating a fast food burger! I recommend that red meat could be enjoyed 2-3 times per month.
The Mediterranean diet is one that has received much attention in the recent year. The diet is perhaps the staple of my own family’s lifestyle, and research behind it demonstrates its value for its positive effects on disease management, including hypertension, diabetes, cancer and heart disease, for example. The diet is neither a low fat , vegetarian nor a weight loss diet, nor is it eating “Greek food.”
Practical versions of this diet may includes many varieties of ethnic foods, spices and samplings from various international inspirations. The diet is top-loaded with vegetables, fruits, legumes and spices. The fats are predominately unsaturated oils. A follower of the Medterranan diet never has to say never to any types of food, but is empowered to make sensible choices and understand the concepts of what makes food taste good…flavor and variety! A balanced approach to can maximize nutrition in every meal we have, celebrating family, friends in the preparation and enjoyment of our meal times.
Try these keftedes and invite some friends over to enjoy them with you!
Click here to learn how to make keftedes.