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Popular Diets of the World: The Italian Way with Food

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Bottom line: "All real food is healthy if you eat it in moderation," says Grant. "And that's the Italian way."

Italian Diet RECIPES

Caprese Salad

Mozzarella cheese and tomatoes is a very popular summer dish in Italy. Use the best summer tomatoes you can find -- preferably locally grown -- and mozzarella made from the milk of a water buffalo if you can find it. With a slice or two of crusty bread, it can make a perfect lunch dish.

4 tomatoes

2 cups mozzarella cheese

Fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

1. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella into thick rounds. Arrange in overlapping slices on dish, alternating between the cheese and the tomatoes.

2. Top with few basil leaves. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

Serves 2 to 4.

Reprinted from Slim the Italian Way, by Dr. Eldo E. Frezza, MD, FACS. Copyright 2006 by Cine-Med, Inc., Woodbury, Conn.

Green Pesto

2 garlic cloves

3 cups fresh basil leaves

3 tablespoons pine nuts

1 oz. fresh flat-leaf parsley

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup mixed grated Pecorino cheese and Parmigianino Reggiano cheese

salt and freshly-ground pepper

1. Crush the basil, parsley, and garlic using a pestle and mortar or food processor. Process until you get a thick paste.

2. Add the cheese. Then proceed to add the oil in a thin drizzle.

3. Taste and adjust seasoning.

4. Pour into a serving dish, and serve with hot cooked pasta.

Note: Traditional Genoese pesto is made with pine nuts, but for an interesting variation try hazelnuts or walnuts instead.

Reprinted from Slim the Italian Way, by Dr. Eldo E. Frezza, MD, FACS. Copyright 2006 by Cine-Med, Inc., Woodbury, Conn.

Published January 2007.

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