The M.I.N.D. Diet

I’ve been trying to get used to being on the Mind (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet.

It’s mainly fruits, vegetables, and fish, just like the Mediterranean diet but with more leafy green veggies.

Here’s what you should eat:

    Green leafy vegetables (like spinach and salad greens): At least six servings a week
    Other vegetables: At least one serving a day
    Nuts: Five servings a week
    Berries: Two or more servings a week
    Beans: At least three servings a week
    Whole grains: Three or more servings a day
    Fish: Once a week
    Poultry (like chicken or turkey): Two times a week
    Olive oil: Use it as your main cooking oil.
    Wine: One glass a day

And here’s what you shouldn’t eat.

    Red meats
    Butter and stick margarine
    Pastries and sweets
    Fried or fast food

The good part: I like red wine.

The bad part: That entire shouldn’t eat list.

A friend of mine has become an evangelist for this “life-altering” diet, but what he forgets to mention in his sales pitch is that it took him a couple of months to adapt.

When I spoke to him last the diet was the first thing he asked about, so I told him I was still trying which seemed to make him happy. Although I may have forgotten to mention the banana bread I made in the middle of the night.

The way I see it, I’m allowed a couple of minor lapses, after all, I’m just getting started.

As a side note. Does anyone else feel like they spent more time coming up with a cutesy acronym than they did on the diet?

Green Tomato Cake

Green tomato cake.

2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp nutmeg
1cup coarsely chopped pecans
1cup raisins
21/2 cups diced green tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350° F
While the oven is heating get a large mixing bowl and beat sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
In another bowl sift together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and slowly add to the bowl with egg mixture beating until well mixed.
Then, with a large wooden spoon, stir in pecans, raisins, and tomatoes.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake about one hour, until the top is browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.

Top with Browned Butter Icing:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until butter is lightly browned. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.