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Greek Healthy Cuisine

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What can I say. The Greeks Cuisine like their meat, olive oil, butter, and creamy dressings. What I remember clearest of this Greek restaurant I went to in Holland  was that I have never seen as much cooked meat on one plate before in my entire life .

They literally “piled” it on. So the first suggestion I have is to keep your meat portion modest. There is an ancient proverb (that I just made up) that says: “The meat you take home tonight could fill tomorrow’s sandwich.”

I also recall a smaller, creamier pile lying conveniently next to the meat pile and resembling mayonnaise. Remember, 1/4 cup is equal to 400 calories, 98 percent from fat! A yogurt dressing (there is a type mixed with garlic and cucumbers called Tzatziki) would cost you fewer calories, but since it’s probably made from whole milk it would still be at least 47 percent calories from fat. If you’re making it at home, use the nonfat or low fat plain yogurts.

Also keep the anchovies, olives, and feta cheese in perspective. All three are high in percent of calories from fat and in sodium. (Six olives contain 50 calories, 93 percent from fat, plus 230 milligrams of sodium. Three anchovies equal 25 calories, 54 percent of them from fat. Two ounces of feta cheese have 150 calories, 71 percent from fat, and 632 milligrams of sodium.)

One Greek taste treat rates in the “very high-fat” category probably the richest dessert cake ever created, baklava. Before you take that first bite, just promise me you’ll think about the pound of butter (4 sticks!), 2 pounds of naturally fat nuts, 2 cups of honey, and 2 cups of sugar that went into the baklava.

Hang in there. I’m almost finished with the “bad” list. Avoid ordering babaganoosh (an eggplant appetizer made with fat), Kibbeh (lamb and butter), and those two wonderfully fatty pies, tyropita and spanokopita.

So, what’s left? The forever famous shish kabob, where lamb and assorted vegetables are broiled on a spit, or plaki, fish cooked with tomatoes, onions, and garlic. And you can have plenty of pilaf, rice, and bread as long as you’re going extremely easy on the butter.

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