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3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 4-ounce package sliced bresaola*
54 (about) arugula leaves
1 medium fennel bulb, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
1 4-ounce piece Manchego or Parmesan cheese, shaved into strips
Whisk olive oil and lemon juice in small bowl to blend; set dressing aside. Place 1 bresaola slice on work surface with 1 long side parallel to edge. Place 3 arugula leaves at 1 short end so that leaves extend past 1 long side. Top with layer of sliced fennel, then 2 cheese strips. Sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon dressing. Starting at filled end, roll up bresaola, enclosing filling. Arrange, seam side down, on platter. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

This is a typical recipes of the Mediterranean diet.

The Basics of the Mediterranean diet, present especially in European countries and in the Mediterranean area, are based on the consumption of foods such as bread, fruit, vegetables, herbs, grains, olive oil, fish and wine in moderate quantities.

The Mediterranean diet has in it a "nutritional paradox", the people who habitually eat according to the dictates of this diet consume relatively large amounts of vegetable fat, but despite this, they have lower rates of cardiovascular disease than populations that consume higher quantities of animal fats.

The explanation seems to be that the amount of extra virgin olive oil used in the mediterranean diet scales, at least in part, the fats of animal origin.

Olive oil seems to have the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

According to studies, the Mediterranean diet reduces mortality rate of 50% compared to coronary heart disease.


Edited by lucas82 - 5/29/14 at 6:28am