5 Mediterranean-inspired Dishes

This meal plan has four dinner recipes and one side dish. Eating Mediterranean isn't only delicious, it's also good for you

This meal plan has four dinner recipes and one side dish. Eating Mediterranean isn’t only delicious, it’s also good for you.

Researchers at Columbia University recently studied 674 Manhattan residents with the average age of 80 and found that the brains of those who ate a Mediterranean diet — mostly vegetables, legumes, grains, and some fish, little meat and diary — were more robust. They had more grey matter, which was the equivalent of slowing the aging process by five years.

From an article in The Guardian: “There is an increasing amount of evidence that eating a healthy diet rich in fish, vegetables, legumes, and nuts is good for your brain,” said Dr. James Pickett, the head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society. “This study delves further into the potential benefits that diet could have, but it does not prove that a Mediterranean-style diet can stop your brain from shrinking as you age.”

[yumprint-recipe id=’85’]A wonderfully garlicky, lemony chicken dish that is guaranteed to become a favorite.

[yumprint-recipe id=’71’]A delicious stew rich in flavor, high in antioxidants.

[yumprint-recipe id=’44’]Everything in the salad is very, very good for your health and your taste buds. Your mouth will be happy, your skin will be bright, and you’ll have energy to spare.

[yumprint-recipe id=’73’]This salad is a meal for 4 or a great side dish for 6. If it’s summer, I’d serve this with a big plate of fresh tomatoes and basil, drizzled with olive oil.

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