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Thank you for sending me a message. Although I do read them all, I am not always able to answer them right away. Thank you for your patience! – Elena



  • Reply Helen Hernandez January 7, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    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!

  • Reply Airrion Copeland, Executive Director at Compound January 2, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Just a simple thank you to Elena for sharing this information about TRULY what the Mediterranean diet is all about! Her new book is amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone. It will change your life for the better.

  • Reply Staci September 2, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Can the Barley risks be made with 100%barley flour? Wheat is out for me.

  • Reply Rianne Vandenberg February 15, 2020 at 6:17 pm

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

  • Reply Madeline October 20, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for this information, Elena!

  • Reply Denise Greene September 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    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.

  • Reply Wordgirl September 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    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.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN September 11, 2019 at 5:38 am

      Thanks! The Recipe Index provides recipes based on ingredient and type of meal.

  • Reply Aimee Cancino July 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    What are you thoughts on Acai bowls?

  • Reply Sharon Ruddy June 19, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Hi Elena
    Can you recommend a good quality olive oil.

  • Reply Marilyn May 15, 2019 at 3:26 am

    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.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN May 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      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!

  • Reply stephen March 16, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    hi elena, just wondering on portion sizes, are the recipe’s for one person or two or more?

  • Reply Stephanie February 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    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?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN February 19, 2019 at 6:45 am

      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.

  • Reply Vicky R. January 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    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.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN January 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      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.

  • Reply Linda Paparsenos December 4, 2018 at 11:53 am

    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?

  • Reply Griffith Leon November 2, 2018 at 7:02 pm


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