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Bucatini is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole in the center. Ziti would also work well. The veggies and olive oil in this recipe meld together to create a comforting, almost creamy sauce. An unexpected hit of lime keeps the flavors bright....

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Whole grains, vegetables, salmon and eggs—this recipe has it all! This dish will please culinary and nutrition experts alike, and with 23g of protein per serving, it’s a powerhouse recipe, as well. Enjoy!

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Making even the simplest of cheeses is a fun, delicious, and surprisingly quick and easy kitchen experiment, but good quality store-bought ricotta will make beautiful dough as well. For light gnocchi, be careful not to overmix the dough.

veggie burger

Whole grain pita pockets are one of our favorite carriers for veggie burgers, as they make the perfect catchall for any stray crumbles.

whole grain pasta tossed with pesto

Don’t discard the leafy green tops when you buy a bunch of beets from the farmers market. Instead, use them to make pesto....

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Whole grain pizza crust is available in the refrigerated or frozen section of the grocery store. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. This recipe uses sun-dried tomatoes along with artichoke tomato sauce to add an extra bite. ...

Sun Dried Tomato Mediterranean Pizza

Whole grain pizza crust is available in the refrigerated or frozen section of the grocery store. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. This recipe uses sun-dried tomato pesto instead of classic tomato sauce to add an extra bite. ...

Crispy Moroccan Chickpea Flatbreads

When baked in the oven, chickpeas become crispy and delicious. In this recipe, they are tossed with a Moroccan spice blend and sprinkled on top of a pizza. Save a few for snacking while the pizza bakes.

Summer Harvest Pizza

This pizza is made with lavash, a soft, unleavened flatbread popular in the eastern Mediterranean. It’s topped with feta, beans, and vegetables — delicious!...

Mediterranean Diet Linked with Lower Risk of Gallbladder Removal

Cholecystectomy, or the removal of the gallbladder, is a common treatment for gallstones, which affect 10-15% of the adult population. Some studies suggest that foods typical of the Western diet (high in calories, cholesterol, etc.) may increase the risk of gallstone disease. Researchers analyzed whether a healthful diet, like the Mediterranean diet, could potentially prevent cholecystectomy in a group of 64,052 French women. They found that those more closely following the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of cholecystectomy. Specifically, a higher intake of legumes, fruit, vegetable oil, and whole grain bread was associated with a lower cholecystectomy risk, and a higher intake of ham was associated with a higher risk.
American Journal of Gastroenterology. 25 July 2017. [Epub ahead of print.] (Barré A et al.)

Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich

Enjoy this sandwich with a few of our favorite picnic snacks: mixed green olives, Kalamata olives, Castelvetrano olives, blue cheese, and mixed nuts.

Vegetable Protein Linked with Lower Risk of Early Menopause

Early menopause is linked with health risks, like heart disease, so strategies to prolong fertile years in women are an important area of research. In a study of 85 women, women with the highest plant protein intake had a 16% lower risk of early menopause (defined as menopause before age 45) compared to women with the lowest intake in the group. Plant foods with protein include beans, peas, nuts, seeds, lentils, whole grains and soy foods. Overall animal protein intake was unrelated to risk of early menopause, but red meat intake was associated with a 12% higher risk of early menopause. Additionally, one serving per day of pasta, dark bread, or cold cereal was also associated with lower risk of early menopause, at 36%, 7%, and 18%, respectively.
American Journal of Epidemiology. 2017 June 24. [Epub ahead of print] (Boutot ME et al.)


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