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Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Mediterranean diet on 02/28/2013 21:00:42 MST Print View

With all the hoopla on the Mediterranean diet being healthier for you, what other relatively quick dishes (i.e. fuel efficient) are out there?

Have the following for dinner:

1) couscous

2) angel hair pasta (preferable with pesto too - do feel free to share your fresh pesto recipes on this thread!!)

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Mediterranean diet on 02/28/2013 22:59:33 MST Print View

Isn't Mediterranean diet more like fruits and vegetables, olive oil, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grain, some fish, maybe some chicken,...

Couscous and angel hair pasta are un-whole grain - bad, bad, bad,...

But maybe when you're backpacking it's okay

There are lots of dehydrated legume dishes that would be better. Dehydrated fruit. Granola like stuff...

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Mediterranean diet on 02/28/2013 23:27:18 MST Print View

You can get whole wheat couscous and other pasta (couscous is a form of pasta). They cook in about the same time as the empty calorie, flavorless white variety. Health food stores are your best bet.

Because couscous is almost instant while even angel hair takes quite a while to cook (and is very "al dente" if done freezer-bag cooking style, as well as being apt to poke holes in the bag), I use whole wheat couscous for all pasta dishes.

The Mediterranean diet also includes a glass of red wine daily. Not exactly dehydratable.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Mediterranean diet on 02/28/2013 23:39:38 MST Print View

"The Mediterranean diet also includes a glass of red wine daily. Not exactly dehydratable."

Is it the grape skins or the alcohol? You could eat some raisins and a cocktail with some high percentage alcohol

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Mediterranean diet on 03/01/2013 08:54:27 MST Print View

Take one of the shelf-stable Tetra Paks of wine...lol! OK, I despise wine for drinking :-D I eat my tasty home-dried wine grapes (raisins). So good!

Anyhow, yes, there are plenty of whole wheat options. Top with raw nuts, EVOO, lots of fried veggies and so on.

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(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: (...)
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Edited by RogerDodger on 07/08/2015 16:10:28 MDT.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
and the Okinawan diet? on 03/01/2013 16:58:44 MST Print View

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Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 11:13:45 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: and the Okinawan diet? on 03/01/2013 17:31:27 MST Print View

Lots of fruits and vegetables are common between Medeterranean and Okinawa diet.

According to wikipedia, Okinawans eat more Sweet Potato instead of rice.

O and M both eat relatively small amounts of meat, sugar

O and M both eat some fish

O and M eat no processed c**p like we are marketed so heavily and eat here. No high fructose corn syrup.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Re: and the Okinawan diet? on 03/01/2013 18:06:58 MST Print View

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Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 11:12:27 MDT.

Dirk R
(Dirk)
Re: Mediterranean diet on 03/02/2013 01:14:52 MST Print View

The Mediterranean diet is healthier than current American diets because of the higher consistency of fruits and vegetables. Olive oil is lauded as a key component and as "heart healthy." But in all honesty, it could only be considered "heart healthy" compared to other fats. As a monounsaturated fat, it is healthier than saturated and trans fats, that much is true. But as a fat, it isn't something you want to ingest in great quantity as it isn't good for your heart.

Dirk