My extended family is kind of a mixed bag when it comes to our diets. My sister is a vegetarian, my brother doesn’t eat pork and my mom and I both have a problem with wheat. Fortunately, we all have a deep love of food and find ways to continue to enjoy meals together. One of the cuisines in which we are all able to find something we not only can eat but adore eating is Greek.
Greek food is not for the meek and mild. It is bursting with incredible flavors from spices and meats, while fresh vegetables and herbs make many dishes exceptionally nutritious. Honestly, though, one of my favorite aspects is that you get to eat with your hands! Whether you’ve never had Greek before, or partake frequently, the following are tasty dishes you should try sooner than later.
An amazing way to start a meal is with a couple of great appetizers. My favorites when I dine Greek are grape leaves and tabbouli salad. Grape leaves are stuffed with rice, spices and sometimes contain meat. Tabbouli salad is made up of cracked wheat tossed with tomatoes, onions, parsley, mint and lemon juice. It has an incredibly fresh taste.
Greek meats are seasoned and marinated beautifully. Whether it’s chicken kabobs, beef shawarma or lamb kafta, no one’s taste buds will be disappointed. For the vegetarians, falafel is a bean and vegetable patty that is full of flavor. All of these are great when stuffed into a pita with hummus, tzatziki and seasoned rice.
If you even have room for dessert, the best choice is baklava. Baklava is a rich and sweet treat made of layers of phyllo dough, butter, honey and pistachios. It’s an amazing end to a delicious meal. When ordering, keep in mind that one is enough!
If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own hummus as a healthy snack to enjoy with pita chips and raw vegetables.
Simple & Quick Hummus
2-3 cloves Garlic, peeled
2 cups canned Chickpeas
⅓ cup Tahini (or Sesame Butter, found in the international section of the grocery store)
1 teaspoon Salt
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
⅓ cup Lemon Juice
Add garlic, chickpeas, tahini and salt to a food processor or blender. Process for a few seconds, then add oil and lemon juice. Process until smooth.
Check out these neighborhood restaurants that Deliver Greek right to your doorstep!
1. Gyro Uno
Big Fat Pita
Ashley Howe is a food enthusiast, a clean-eating blogger and a full-time chef to two little ones. When not experimenting in the kitchen, Ashley likes to seek out new foods and ways to make eating deliciously fun and accessible to everyone. You can find her recipes and tips at AshleyRightNow.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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