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  1. I just started my journey on this challenge and I am loving everything I have made so far. I have been so curious about the Mediterrean diet but have always been so unsure how to start. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes! They are easy and so very good! Recommending this to all my family and friends. Starting 2021 on the right foot!

  2. Hello Elena,
    Are seeds like flaxseeds included in the mediterranean diet? If yes, how much per day or per week? Thank you very much!

  3. I have to say I couldn’t be more thrilled at finding your website. I had the privilege of living in Athens for 18 months a long, long time ago, and their hospitality, their food, and their way of life is something I’ve never forgotten. I recently decided to go on the Mediterranean “Diet” and was so disappointed that everywhere I looked, whether websites or books, everything was Americanized. Your site is exactly how I want to live and eat–right down to the fasting schedule. I have explained to others many times about the Greeks and their fasts and how it made their way of eating so different from Americans. The other thing was that I was SO thrilled to find something that acknowledged that it was okay to eat bread–as long as it’s the right kind of bread–and how it, too, is a vital part of the food culture. I have just begun to make bread using Einkorn sourdough, and it is perfect for these meals. Again, I can’t thank you enough for what you have brought to us on olivetomato. Bless you for sharing this with the world. You’ll probably laugh if you see my website url. I’m about to make a huge confession to my readers.

  4. I love your site and have made many of your recipes. They are delicious! I have a few asks on site usability. It would be great if 1) the recipes were searchable were searchable by ingredient and type and 2) if the Recipes page headings were anchors with a table of contents at the top of the page so you can quickly jump to each section rather than having to scroll. Thanks for reading my suggestions.

  5. I would appreciate a recipe for pastichio. I read your story about eating this and thought I want to try this. We have been working on eating healthier and this site has been the most helpful. My dear husband even volunteered to make the Spinach Casserole with Feta for dinner tomorrow. I have been altering my favorite foods such as grits and fried egg. I fry my egg in olive oil then pour the fried egg and olive oil onto my grits. It is so good and keeps me out of the margarine. I have used olive oil to make my grilled cheese by brushing it on the bread. The bread toast perfectly. Thank You for this wonderful site. I recommend it all my friends.

    1. Thanks for sharing your diet swaps. Yes, the patsichio is definitely on my list, especially as it is one of my mother’s most popular recipes! I’ll be putting the recipe here soon!

  6. Hello, Elaina! I’m currently cleaning kitchen cabinets and donating things I haven’t used. In your opinion, what countertop appliances, if any, are helpful for cooking Mediterranean food?

    1. Great question Stephanie!For the most part good knives and cutting boards, but in terms of kitchen appliances a small food processor (2-3 cup) is great for chopping vegetables or pureeing tomato or making bread crumbs. Also a toaster oven is useful. Other than that, mostly pots and pans.

  7. This is my second attempt for answer. I know you are busy so l will truly appreciate your help. My physician has prescribed the Mediterranean Diet to me to lower my cholesterol level. As I continue to read about this topic, I become more concerned. I cannot tolerate cultured dairy and I have never liked any legume because of the texture. I want to do whatever I can to lower my cholesterol, but do you believe that my risk of osteoporosis will increase without dairy and only four protein meals a week.

    1. Hello Vicky, I have already replied to your first comment/question a few days ago, please check the post where you posted it to see it. However, for detailed nutrition advice, I suggest you make an appointment with a dietitian/nutritionist.

  8. My greek family, now living in Australia, will be visiting for the holidays. My 13 year old grandson, who loves to cook is making a dish calling for sourdough bread. What do I look for in Athens bakery?