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Mediterranean-Style Recipes for Grilling on Father's Day


Why not encourage dad to be healthier by putting a Mediterranean twist on your Father’s Day cookout? Tell Dad you love him while serving him healthy food.

A new study published in the June 15 online edition of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes adds to the research suggesting a Mediterranean-style diet can help keep men's hearts healthier and aid in the prevention disease.

A Mediterranean-style diet refers to the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The diet includes: fish, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts; spices and herbs to flavor foods rather than salt; and wine in moderation.

Dads love to grill, but rather than just using it for barbecuing red meats plan a menu with the Mediterranean diet in mind. Consider cooking fish or chicken and fresh vegetables on the grill. The grill can also be used to prepare grilled fruit for dessert.

Here are links to some recipes which would work

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Mediterranean-style grilled salmon

Mediterranean Rice Salad with Seared Tuna

Mediterranean Sautéed Shrimp and Fennel

Red Snapper with Thyme, Tomatoes, and Olives (cook on grill rather than in oven)

Grilled Pepper Salad

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables (consider cooking on grill)

Grilled Asparagus

Savory Grilled Onions

Grilled pineapple (can do the same with other fruits)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mediterranean Dietary Pattern Is Associated With Improved Cardiac Autonomic Function Among Middle-Aged Men: A Twin Study; Juan Dai, Rachel Lampert, Peter W. Wilson, Jack Goldberg, Thomas R. Ziegler, and Viola Vaccarino; Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes first published on June 15, 2010; doi:10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.109.905810