It’s Mediterranean Diet Month—a celebration of different dietary traditions of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Crete, and Southern Italy. A true Mediterranean diet consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, olive oil, red wine, and other items that can help fight cardiovascular diseases and cognitive decline. In addition to healthy eating, the Mediterranean lifestyle includes meal sharing, daily exercise, and appreciation of the pleasures derived from preparing and eating fresh, flavorful foods.

Mediterranean Diet Month

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The Mediterranean diet may provide the following health benefits:

  • Protection against cardiovascular diseases.
  • Protection against type-2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and delay of cognitive decline.
  • Lower risk of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Increase in lifespan.
  • Weight loss or the maintenance of a healthy weight.

The following dish is a prime example of Mediterranean eating. It is fresh, tasty, and rich in antioxidants that help eliminate toxins that accumulate in the body.

Balsamic and Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting is not a typical way of cooking cauliflower, but it results in a delicious and healthy meal. The cauliflower florets are cut into big slices and tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and herbs. You will note that parts of the floret surfaces that come into contact with the roasting pan take on a deep brown color that adds a nutty, sweet flavor.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into florets (about one inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram (dried)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (balsamic)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (finely shredded)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss the florets, oil, salt, marjoram, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Spread the florets on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10 to 15 minutes until the florets start to turn brown at the bottom. Toss the florets with vinegar and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted and the moisture has evaporated.