Stuffed vine leaves make a delicious healthy Mediterranean dinner.
This classic Greek dish from our Olive Garden Nutrition parade typifies the healthy Mediterranean diet. It's a bit fiddly, but cooked now and again will have your family oohing and aahing. Get the kids on board to wrap the parcels so that they too can learn from an early age about olive oil benefits.
Ingredients for your experiment with Olive Garden Nutrition!
Stuffed vine leaves are a bit fiddly but worth the effort occasionally.
Many recipes call for freshly squeezed lemon juice. It's good stuff, but even better is the whole lemon pulp. Careful to get the pips out, though. Many of citrus' vital ingredients are found in the pulp.
It's all about Olive Garden Nutrition. Don't forget the Greek salad.
Here's a variation; instead of the zuccini, use half a kilo of
mincemeat and a couple chopped tomatoes. Add another sliced onion on top of the parcels before placing the plate on them. Throw in a chili. The
Mediterranean peoples are great on Olive Garden Nutrition. That's probably the main reason why
they live longer, healthier lives.
Olive oil benefits are of course at the very centre of Mediterranean cuisine, so it comes no surprise that your stuffed vine leaves include a healthy sample of Athena's gift.
If you love olives, and want to eat them by the dozen (like it do!) then buy them by the can, and then enjoy pickling olives yourself. It's really very easy, and you can choose your own flavours, and experiment with dill, and pimento... to buy them already pickled in small quantities is prohibitively expensive.
Nerves are coated in a fatty myelin sheath. Without it, no conduction can occur. Ask anyone suffering from Motor Neuron Disease and Multiple Sclerosis about it. Oleic acid is the MUFA found abundantly in olive oil and avocado fat; it's the main constituent of myelin ... good fat, healthy fat is vital for health nerves. And so olives and olive oil is a vital subject for Chiropractic help. When did you last eat avocado and olives?
Freshly ground flax seed too is rich in oleic acid, but it is the best non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acid.
Do yourself and your family a big favour: make the decision to NEVER buy white rice again. Why? Two reasons:
You'll find some sites describing legumes and nuts as anti nutrients; it's because of the phytate content in them. They would frown on making stuffed vine leaves with lentil protein.
Added synthetic phytic acid indeed adsorbes up to 50% of some of the minerals like iron and calcium. However, by soaking, cooking and exposing naturally occurring phytates to fermentation this detrimental effect is greatly reduced. You can read more about it at are phytates bad?
The same is true of wheat and oat bran which they conveniently ignore; what we do find is that a sourdough bread recipe is a lot more friendly, and the lactobacillus fermentation reduces that effect of phytates.
In addition, if you don't get some of your protein from legumes and nuts you're going to be eating far too much meat. The World Health Organisation of long consideration of the scientific studies has declared that meat is "probably" cancer causing.
So, take your pick; cancer or some loss of minerals by phytates?
There are only three ingredients that are definitive for a olive garden salad recipe; olives, olive oil and feta cheese. You can barely see the bowl of olives but there are enough for 10 to 15 apiece; if you buy large tins, they aren't expensive. Serious Greeks and Italians will only eat olives with their pips; and another bowl of quick hummus.
I love the flavour of balsamic vinegar, but many are filled with chemicals; read the label, and rather use lemon juice if you can't find a decent vinegar.