At the tip of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid we find meats and sweets, with an admonition to enjoy these temptations less often. But, unlike many diets, you’re not asked for complete denial, just reasonable restraint. We’d imagine that the motto of the region might be “Everything in moderation… including moderation!”
In the traditional diet of the Mediterranean lands, red meat was a special occasion food for most people. Likewise, pastries and other desserts are typically reserved for celebrations, rather than everyday meals. Can you imagine a Greek feast without grilled lamb, or an Italian carnival without gelato? That would be a sad party, indeed! But by saving these indulgences for occasional enjoyment, they’re kept special and festive.
Here are some of our favorite recipes for those splurge-worthy occasions where sweets and meats make sense:
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