Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Advent One Week Menu

Looking for a hearty, but easy to make, vegan menu for December? Healthy food that is still substantial? 

Here is a week-long menu to inspire you!




Calzone Casserole  


with Easy Stir & Pour Breadsticks:




Indian Lemon Rice with Peas  



Black Bean Soup (Slow Cooker) 



Eggplant Stew (Dump Dinner)






 Barbecue

Fajitas, Veggie 







Greek Stuffed Veggies ( Gemista ) 



Lo Mein, 10 Minute, Lazy Day  




Make-Ahead Breakfast Idea: 

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Dessert or Party Idea:

Brownie Snowball Cookies


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Monday, November 4, 2019

3 Ingredient Greek Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

Easy, 3 Ingredient Greek Tzatziki Sauce or Dip
 Tzatziki is a delicious, savory Greek Yogurt Sauce. It is perfect on traditional Souvlaki (normally made from Pork), Chicken Souvlaki, or Lamb.

For us vegetarians, it is delicious with Oven Fries, over Potatoes, with Pita, or on Salad in a Pita!

It is also delicious just plain.

No matter how much I make, "Leftover Tzatziki" is a bit of an oxymoron at my house!

And, really, that's okay. Because Tzatziki is best when it is freshly made. As the cucumbers sweat, they become less crisp, and the liquid settles to the top of the dip. It's still delicious the next day - just not quite as delicious. But with a recipe this easy, I don't mind whipping it up when needed : )

Here's my basic batch:

Tzatziki
1 Small to Medium Cucumber, Shredded with the Large Grater holes
1 Pint (2 Cups) Greek Yogurt (I use nonfat- but it's totally your decision!)
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Salt (to taste)
Stir, and serve

The following makes a nice, big batch. I have yet to discover a "too big" batch size of Tzatziki - everyone loves it so much! 

Large Batch Tzatziki
1 (32 oz) container Greek Yogurt (I use Nonfat. This is approximately a Litre)
2-3 Small Cucumbers, Shredded (or 1 Very Large one)
2-3 teaspoons Garlic Salt (to taste)

Now, I know what some of my readers are saying, "But MY Yiayia uses (insert ingredient here: Dill, Mint, Oil, Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Sheep Yogurt, FRESH Garlic, etc)"

That's the beauty of a recipe like this one. As a traditional recipe, every family has its own wonderful variations! But once you have the basic formula - it's oh so easy to change it up to match your family's taste!

Καλί Όρχεξι! (Enjoy!)

Try this delicious Dip/Sauce with any or all of the following favorites:





Greek Souvlaki at Home
Greek Skillet Chicken
Bulgur Pilaf ( Pourgouri )
Greek Stuffed Veggies ( Gemista )
Mushroom Kabobs, Grilled ( Manitarakia )
Orzo Pilaf
Greek Inspired Oven Fries
Rosemary Roast Potatoes in the Slow Cooker


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Monday, October 21, 2019

Za'atar Hummus

Za'atar Hummus
This flavored hummus combines to great Middle Eastern flavors - Za'atar & Hummus - in a distinctly
American way.

If you're looking for a new twist on Hummus - this is a great variation!

Here's how to make it:

Za'atar Hummus
In food processor, combine:
1 (15oz) can Chickpeas, Drained
2 to 4 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Fresh Minced Garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
Scant teaspoon Salt
Blend, adding water as needed for desired texture:
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Allow processor to run for several minutes, to get smooth, creamy texture
Then add and pulse briefly
2 1/2 Tablespoons Za'atar (Middle Eastern Seasoning Blend)

Serve with Raw Veggies, Pita Triangles or Crackers - or spread on a Sandwich.

Enjoy!

If you're a fan of Hummus, try my other variations:

Hummus with Capers 
 
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper, Copycat Sabra 
 
Hummus, Smoky 

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