Do you have a favorite recipe that features Mediterranean ingredients? If, so we would love to hear from YOU!
Over the years, I have had many people offer to share their favorite recipes. It would be my great pleasure if you would submit one of your top recipes so my entire community could benefit. Of course, giving credit to the creator (or leaving it anonymous if you prefer). And, some lucky recipes may also be featured in one of my future books (only if you give your permission).
I always encourage recipes that are easy-to-prepare, but for a special occasion a dish that includes extra effort is always welcome.
There is an incredible variety of Mediterranean flavors. Your dish could be Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Israeli, Egyptian, Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, and/or depending on the ingredients, even Portuguese.
I may request to modify your dish, if needed, to meet the recommendations of my next book, The Mediterranean Method, Harmony books. The publication date is December 31, 2019.
The guidelines are easy to follow: Please read below.
- For oil, use extra-virgin olive oil, or if you are using high heat cooking/baking (more than 400 degrees F), you can use avocado oil or almond oil.
- Be generous with portions for vegetables, spices, herbs, and garlic.
- Bean dishes are encouraged.
- Dishes that use nuts are urged as well.
- If using dairy, make sure you choose an organic source. You can use either low-fat or full fat products, although with full fat options, please keep the portion size moderate. You are also welcome to use dairy free alternatives, such as organic (Non-GMO) soy or almond milk products as preferred.
- If using animal protein, it should be cage-free, organically raised, and/or wild. Poultry, fish, and shellfish are all welcome.
- If you pick a dish using whole grains, keep the grain portion small.
- Avoid using grain flour, although almond flour (technically almond meal) is clearly acceptable.
- If using pasta, use protein and fiber enriched pasta, and keep the portion size small.
- For desserts, focus on fruit, chocolate, and optionally, small amounts of honey.
- Avoid sugar and sweeteners, although something naturally sweet, such as, dried, no sugar added fruit, a small amount of honey, maple syrup, or molasses in a dessert are ok, provided it has ample fiber from other sources, such as fruit and/or a whole grain.
- I like to cook with wine, but if you want it alcohol-free, use broth instead.
- If you are recommending a beverage with the meal, focus on water, herbal infusions, and optionally red wine.
- If you can include ideas that make cooking your dish fun, and/or that include people working together in the kitchen, that is a bonus!
You are encouraged to send a photo of your completed recipe (a simple phone photo is adequate), although a photo is not required.
**Please email your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org with Recipe Request in the subject line, by October 30th.
I am grateful for your time and consideration, and I look forward to seeing what you submit.
Many thanks in advance for your help!
Steven Masley, MD
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