Weekend Cooking: Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight

July 27, 2013 Book Review, reviews 24

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Weekend Cooking: Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose WeightSlimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight by Harry Papas
Published by Turner on June, 2012
Genres: Non-Fiction, Wellness
Pages: 240
Source: complimentary review copy


All my life I have sworn I would never diet.  I don’t like the word, I see it as one of those nasty 4-letter words!  But as many of you know, I have multiple sclerosis and recently I’ve read so much about how the way we eat affects the way we feel { logically, I know that ~ as someone who loves sweets, breads and southern food in general it’s much harder to um, accept}.  However, I’ve given myself a challenge.  I thought for 30 days I would simply *try* to eat healthier – cut out the biscuits, iced caramel macchiatos with 3 pumps of simple syrup, and the sweets.  I told myself that I can do anything for 30 days – it’s really not that long among other pep talks!

So in order to start my new regimen of eating (notice I’m not using that 4-letter word!) I got a couple of books to help me out – Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight and Everyday Paleo: Real Food for Real Life.

Slimmer, by Harry Papas, begins with “The Slimmer Story” and an explanation of the nutritional plan.  I found Papas descriptive and logical explanation of the plan to be easy to understand with lots of research to back up his recommendations.

Studies continue to show that following a Mediterranean-style diet, which incorporates the traditional foods of the Mediterranean regions of Greece and parts of France and Italy, is beneficial to our health on a number of levels.  From lowering the risk for heart attack and stroke, to warding off cognitive impairment as well as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and even obesity, the benefits are numerous and impressive.

What is the Mediterranean nutrition plan and lifestyle and is it doable in our fast-paced, rush rush rush society?  Large family meals at lunch time, afternoon naps, disconnecting from all the electronic devices that seem to have a hold on us, breathing – slow and steady. . .I’ve found that these can be done, with a little bit of tweaking (ok, maybe a lot of tweaking).  Large family meals? We do this at my mum’s on Sundays; afternoon nap? at least on the weekends I can get in an hour, and disconnecting? Well, I do that daily now.  Five minutes. No computer, cell phone, ipod, tv, ipad, anything that has to be plugged in.  During that 5 minutes I’ve found dinosaurs in the clouds, heard the birds serenading the world, and felt the warmth of the sun on my skin and the breeze lifting my hair.  Peace.  That’s what I’ve found in those 5 minutes.  Hey I like this Mediterranean lifestyle!

To go along with simplifying, I’ve chosen the easiest recipes out of Slimmer to try, including the Citrus Glazed Salmon below.  This was so simple, ready in less than 30 minutes and so delicious.  The ingredients were simple to find and most I had on hand anyways.  We just added fresh vegetables in foil to the grill that were also ready in 25 minutes.  Voila! A nutritious, delicious meal in less than 30 minutes!

I’d love to know if you try this recipe and if you cook the salmon on the grill or in the oven.  I imagine its quite tasty in the oven as well.

canstockphoto1521411Citrus Glazed Salmon

For the marinade:

Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 grated orange rind
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Salt & pepper to taste {recipe calls for this but I don’t use salt/pepper – rely on herbs for flavor}


  1. Make the marinade by whisking together all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place the salmon fillets in a ceramic or glass baking dish and pour marinade over.  Cover & refrigerate for at least 2 hours, occasionally turning the fillets.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  *we grilled the fillets using a cedar plank on the green egg – setting temp to 350 degrees and cooking for about 20 minutes – beyond yummy!*
  4. Remove cover and bake the salmon in the middle of the oven until firm and pink, about 25 minutes.  Occasionally check and move to prevent sticking and to evenly glaze.

Have your eating habits changed with the focus everywhere on Gluten-free, Hormone-free, Organic, Paleo, Atkins, etc. etc.? Do you have a favorite?  Next week I’ll share what I’ve learned in the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook that is different from Mediterranean.  It’s all so confusing but also kind of fun to experiment with!

Weekend Cooking is hosted at Beth Fish  Reads.  For more great recipes and books all about food, please visit her site!

Happy Weekend Lovelies!

Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher for the complimentary review copy.


24 Responses to “Weekend Cooking: Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight”

  1. BermudaOnion

    My eating habits have changed since my husband started working 2 jobs. I actually eat pretty healthy, though, but could improve in several areas.

    • Stacy

      Wow that’s got to be difficult! Do you ever get to see each other? It’s no fun just cooking for one I’ve found.

  2. Carole

    I grill salmon skin side down til the skin is crispy and then put it in the oven to finish – covered in foil – you end up with lovely soft flesh and fantastic crispy skin.

    • Stacy

      i love when the salmon gets a bit crispy on the outside! I’m going to try your suggestion!

  3. Col (Col Reads)

    Good luck with the change in lifestyle that is not a diet. Since last fall, I’ve been trying to eat vegan all day long, except for the milk in my coffee. Then meat dinners only 3 times a week. I feel great. It was the first year in forever I didn’t wind up with bronchitis, but I can’t say that’s the reason!

    • Stacy

      I’m so impressed! The vegan lifestyle is one I certainly looked into but just could not give up the dairy and meat. Very cool you noticed a difference in your health! Hope it continues for you 😀

  4. Cecelia

    I feel like diet is a four letter word myself, but I’ve recently started doing Weight Watchers with my best friend. I find that I still eat the same things, but in different proportions. Fruits and veggies – I’m eating 6-7 portions per day of those. I know it’s good for me, and I’m steadily losing weight, too. I guess good living isn’t all sugar and fat… though I’m not 100% convinced yet. 🙂

    • Stacy

      Haha! I agree with you ~ that sugar and fat is trying to be my downfall (esp the sugar) but I shall prevail! I did notice that since I’ve cut sugar out for the most part {I am southern and must have one glass of sweet tea/day} but desserts are almost *too* sweet now. Have you found that as well?

      And how do you like weight watchers? I looked into it but then thought I’d try my own thing before doing WW. Congratulations on a healthier nutritional plan! ;-D

  5. Heather

    more fruit and veg in your meals is a win any time. Even though I know that, it can still be a challenge to do.

    • Stacy

      I know! I’m the one who always said if its green its not for me….I’m learning to like vegetables…still can’t do the tomato but fresh summer squash or zucchini and I’m all in for those!

    • Stacy

      that’s what I do like so much about his book ~ the recipes are easy and don’t require a food dictionary to figure out what to include ;-D

  6. Beth F

    We eat pretty healthfully, although we might run out for ice cream a couple times a month in the summer. I like the idea of having unplugged time — we do that for all our meals (no phones, tv, or even music). We do a spice rub for our salmon and grill it, about 12 min. an inch, meat side down for 60% of the time then flip and grill skin side down to finish. We’ve also done salmon in foil packets on the grill, so I’ve bookmarked this recipe to try.

    • Stacy

      I’m so impressed with your unplugged time at dinner! It’s always been my rule that no cell phones no tv but we usually have light music in the background {honestly it’s a pet peeve of one of my daughters to hear all the crunching and munching!} so we keep the music going.

      What kind of spices do you use in your salmon rub? Is it very spicy? I’ve also seen salmon cooked in the foil packets but we’ve just always done it on the cedar plank….does the foil make it flakier/juicier?

      Thanks for the suggestions!

  7. Laurie C

    Sounds great! I have a vegetarian Mediterranean cookbook that I use pretty often. We have this book at the library, so I’ll take a look at it there.

    • Stacy

      I picked up a vegetarian cookbook at the used book store (can’t recall which one and I’m being too lazy to get up and walk into the kitchen to find out) but I thought if I’m going to start eating veggies I needed a veggie cookbook ~ is there one that you would recommend for someone just starting to really get into eating vegetables besides green beans and corn?

  8. lakesidemusing

    Love the idea of an ‘unplugged’ period each day… there are WAY too many electronics in my household! I’m going to try the salmon recipe this week. Bet it’s delicious.

    • Stacy

      Oh my goodness can I relate! It seems like the technology has taken over…but what would we do without it?!? That’s why I’ve found, for me, starting this mindfulness/peacefulness/unpluggedness for 5 minutes is a good beginning. And seems to be helping! I’m not quite as crazy by the end of the day now ;-D

  9. joyweesemoll

    I lost 70 pounds by reading lots of books and switching my eating plans (I don’t use the word ‘diet’ very often either) when the weight loss stalled or I got bored. I enjoyed the plan in the back of the Complete Beck Diet for Life (which also has terrific ways of thinking and acting to support my goals), the DASH diet, and Richard Simmons Food Mover (a cute gadget). These days, I combine everything I’ve learned from books and experiments and follow my own plan. But it’s still very much a plan — if I just let myself loose, I go right back to my old overeating ways.

    Slimmer looks like just the sort of thing I like. I’m not so interested in Paleo. I decided that if I could possibly get to a healthy weight while remaining an omnivore, that’s what I would do. And I did!

    • Stacy

      I’m in awe! And so glad you shared your story with me! that’s exactly what I’m trying to do ~ figure out the *right* plan for me. And wow! 70 pounds! You look great! Of course I’m looking at a thumbnail pic but holy toledo – you are beautiful!

      I’m going to look for those books you mentioned…I’m not familiar with either one and is the Richard Simmons Food Mover some kind of gadget that I need to find? I’ll google it…google tells me everything ;-D

      I really appreciate you sharing. I find the days I don’t stick to my plan I don’t feel as great. Knowing that someone else was so successful at creating a nutritional lifestyle without the help of the Quick Weight Loss Centers or Weight Watchers is so encouraging. Thank you my dear!

  10. Staci@LifeintheThumb

    I just recently went back to WW because I’ve been wanting to get healthy. I’ve actually read a lot about the Mediterranean way of eating and think there’s a a lot of sound science in the diet!

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