The Mediterranean diet has long been recognised as a blueprint for living a healthy lifestyle. It is based on the diet and lifestyle of traditional communities throughout the Mediterranean region. In a nutshell the diet promotes the consumption of all those things that we know are good for us including fruit, vegetables, pulses, fish and olive oil to name but a few. It advocates limited consumption of red meat, cheese and wine. Frequent exercise and socialising with friends and family are also considered part of what is as much a way of life as it is a diet.
Whilst the origins of this diet have been traced back to Crete recent studies have identified many similarities in terms of diet and resulting health benefits which are consistent throughout the Mediterranean region. As such, each of the nations which make up this region have their own regional dishes which are valuable additions to what we vaguely refer to as the “Mediterranean Diet’.
In this eBook which appears in Kindle stores worldwide you’ll find the following authentic recipes from the kitchens of Spain:
PART 1: SALADS AND SOUPS
Green Bean Salad
Red Pepper Salad
Moorish Salad with Cumin and Paprika
Orange Salad with Onions
PART 2: RICE, PASTA AND LEGUMES
Valencian Noodle Paella
Alternative Paella Recipe
Baked Rice with Currants and Chickpeas
Chickpeas and Spinach Broth
Macaroni with Chorizo and Tomato Sauce
Prawns, Chorizo and Chickpea Stew
PART 3: FISH AND SEAFOOD DISHES
Baked Basque Fish
Baked Bream Madrid Style
Sea Bass in Salt
Salt Cod in Tomato Sauce
Mallorcan Fish Recipe
Baby Squid in Ink Sauce
Hake with Clams
Trout Navarra Style
PART 4: MEAT AND CHICKEN DISHES
Castilian Roast Lamb
Spanish Beef Stew
Chicken With Red Peppers
Chicken and Olive Casserole
Roast Chicken with Orange Sauce
Pork with Chorizo and Peppers
Skewered Pork Kebabs
Stewed Pork in Sauce
PART 5: STOCKS AND SAUCES
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The Prosperity Diet
As the typical diet of Western society has deteriorated over recent decades we’ve seen a significant decline in health standards with a frightening growth in the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and obesity to name but a few. The Mediterranean countries were slower to jump on this bandwagon but have slowly done so with processed convenience food now a constant in the diet of many people of the region. As such health standards have suffered in exactly the same way as we’ve seen in other Western countries. In Spain for example:
Adult obesity rates in Spain are higher than the OECD average, but child rates are amongst the highest in the OECD. Two out of 3 men are overweight and 1 in 6 people are obese in Spain. One in 3 children aged 13 to 14 are overweight. The proportion of adults who are overweight is projected by the OECD to rise a further 10% during the next 10 years.
This is a shocking quote considering that Spanish society has long been considered so healthy in dietary terms. The answer to this problem is so straightforward. It’s time to say no to junk food and return to the traditional values of the Mediterranean diet. Get a copy of the eBook above and you’ll find a great selection of healthy Spanish recipes which are typical creations of the Spanish kitchen. They are straightforward with easily available ingredients which you can cook at home in the certain knowledge that you are cooking authentic Spanish dishes created by Spanish households and restaurants since long before the so called ‘prosperity diet’ raised its ugly head.