The Mediterranean Prescription has been a terrific resource for me personally, as I try to improve my eating habits in an effort to lower my cholesterol without taking prescription drugs. A brief introduction provides the science and justification for eating the Mediterranean way–which includes a lot of vegetables, limited meat intake, fish a couple of times per week, replacing most fats with olive oil, and limiting alcohol intake to a moderate amount of red wine each night. Recipes which adhere to these guidelines are provided, as well as modifications and suggestions for a two week weight loss jump start which Dr. Acquista claims will work with anyone wishing to lose weight. I have not attempted the weight loss portion of the book, but the recipes have been a great way to wean my family off of meat and onto a mostly vegetable and fish based diet. We have enjoyed all of the recipes we have attempted, and plan to eat them over and over again.
My favorites include:
Broiled Portobello Mushrooms
Scrod Filet with Onions and Tomatoes
Salmon with Orange and Lemon
Baked Shrimp Oreganato
Even though this book was published in 2006, it is still a tremendous resource for those wishing to adapt a Mediterranean diet without sacrificing taste and enjoyment of food.