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Live longer with more plant-based protein

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

I am frequently invited to speak about the Health Meets Food curriculum, a set of 30+ combination online and hands-on cooking classes created to train physicians-to-be, practicing physicians, and allied health professionals how to have a more substantive and effective conversation with their patients about food and health.

In those lectures I talk about the Mediterranean Diet as a "plant-based" diet. People often misinterpret that "plant-based" descriptor as meaning "vegetarian" or even "vegan".

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Mediterranean Diet does not cut out all animal proteins or even all land animal proteins (as opposed to water-living animal sources of protein like fish or shellfish). Live longer with more plant-based protein »

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Zucchini SoupCoumadin (warfarin) Diet

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a person pouring salt from a salt shakerLow Sodium Diet

Following a diet that's low in sodium (salt) doesn't have to be bland or boring! With these healthy, low sodium recipes from Dr. Gourmet, you'll be eating well and eating healthy without needing to reach for the salt shaker. Get the book! The Dr. Gourmet Low Sodium Diet: paperback: $19.95 + s/h | PDF: $14.95

Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance Diet

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FishDiabetes Diet

What is the best diet for those with diabetes? A Mediterranean Diet! For diabetics, eating well is THE key to controlling blood sugar. For those with Type 2 diabetes, The Mediterranean Diet seems to help you control your diabetes better, without medication. The Best Diabetes Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

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What is a Mediterranean Diet? Find out how familiar foods are part of this healthy style of eating.

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Featured Recipes

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Viniagrette

I debated what to call this sauce. It is not exactly a pesto nor is it really a sauce. Nor is it really a vinaigrette in the strictest sense. It is, however, pretty delicious. Like a vinaigrette, it has a bit of saltiness, tartness, creaminess, and sweetness.

The vinaigrette (sauce) is perfect on pasta and the small dices of mozzarella add some creamy texture while the capers bring not just saltiness but enhance the umami flavors in the whole dish.

Coq au Riesling

I was inspired to work on this recipe after reading one of my favorite restaurant reviewers wax lyrical about a version she had tasted. The traditional recipe is anything but - onions, shallots, leeks, maybe mushrooms, maybe not, tarragon, sage, parsley... It seems that as with most Country French food, anything goes. For this one I chose leeks for their mild oniony flavor and dried mushrooms to bring an intense umami flavor to the dish that offsets the sweet wine. The sausage brings a bit more depth of flavor than using the traditional diced bacon.

Pomodoro Sauce

You can make it in just a few minutes using the strained, seedless tomatoes like Pomi or San Marzano brand. They make a thick, rich sauce and cook quickly. If you are going to use fresh tomatoes, it is best to puree them in the food processor first. Roma tomatoes are a great choice and widely available.