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5 Mediterranean comfort food recipes

By: Enrique Gili on March 1, 2011, 7:33 a.m.
Greens and golden raisins in bowl

Photo: Enrique Gili

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Eat well

Your resolve to eat healthier just got easier. It's possible to eat hearty meals without putting on the pounds by taking a cue from the cuisine of the Mediterranean, which relies on olive oil, nuts and spices to deliver flavor, while fish, beans and vegetables provide the backbone of this healthy cuisine.

And the good news keeps on coming. A new study cites the overwhelming advantages of a Mediterranean diet, which dramatically trims the risk of heart disease and stroke while still allowing plenty of indulgences: dark chocolate, nuts and red wine are firmly on the menu. Read more about the wide variety of foods available, and try one of these five recipes that don't substitute flavor just to save a few calories. * To make this dish, see the variation for the recipe on page 5. (Text: Enrique Gili)