Red Pepper Dip with Feta Cheese and Greek Yogurt

September 25, 2014 8 Comments

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A new study from English researchers published in the British Medical Journal Open, showed that people who consumed 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables experienced a higher level of mental well-being. According to researchers, high mental well-being is more than the absence of symptoms or illness; it is a state in which people feel good and function well. Optimism, happiness, self-esteem, resilience and good relationships with others are all part of this state. Read more »

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Greek Spicy Feta Cheese Dip – Tirokafteri

September 16, 2014 8 Comments

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According to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes eating full fat cheese is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes by 23%… I like this study.

I often get this question about the amount of cheese consumed in the Mediterranean Greek diet: is it healthy? Don’t Greeks eat a lot of cheese?
Well yes, they do. In fact, depending on the source Greeks consume the most cheese per person in the world. Feta is probably responsible for this, as we eat it with almost every meal. Cheese is in essence the main source of protein in the traditional Greek diet, since the main course was usually vegetables or legumes. Read more »

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Olive Oil and Wine Greek Savory Cookies

September 10, 2014 5 Comments

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During vacation we would spend hours on the beach, swimming, sleeping, playing or just doing nothing. For all those hours we would eat fairly lightly, eating fruit we brought with, a small meze with an ouzo and something salty to munch on. I found at our local bakery these simple savory koulourakia that were basically made from flour, olive oil and wine. Read more »

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Men, Listen up! This is Your Super Food.

September 2, 2014 3 Comments

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Obviously I believe that tomatoes are one of the best foods we have. In the Greek kitchen tomatoes transform even the most boring vegetable into a delicious meal. But even plain, good, in-season tomatoes are wonderful with a sprinkle of salt or with some cheese or with a drizzle of olive oil.

We know that they are a good source of vitamin C, have very few calories and also have an antioxidant called lycopene that appears to protect from prostate cancer.

And now a new British study showed that men who consume 10 servings of tomatoes a week had an 18% less chance of developing prostate cancer. Read more »

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Mama’s Greek Cheesy Spaghetti

August 24, 2014 5 Comments

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Spaghetti, also known as makaronia in Greek is a bit different in Greece than it is from our neighbor Italy. Here, traditionally pasta is not cooked al dente, but rather cooked longer along with beef, chicken or even seafood.

A popular way it is cooked at home is with olive oil (or butter) and cheese.

By looking at the picture you may not see more than some pasta sprinkled with cheese, but there is a little secret here that makes this pasta addictive. Read more »

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Stewed Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

August 19, 2014 6 Comments

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My posts have been fewer as I have been on vacation, but to be honest, I probably would have been online more often if I had better internet access. But I do not- which might be a good thing actually when you are on vacation…. Although I admit I do post on my instagram profile whenever I get a signal on my phone.

Now many times vacations are associated with plenty of food or eating out all the time, but for us, this year we are staying in a coastal town in Peloponnesus where I spent many summers when I was a child. The place is a pretty town, with a long child-friendly beach and several restaurants with the typical Greek summer foods and plenty of fresh fish. Read more »

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5 Ways You are Using Olive Oil Wrong

August 8, 2014 15 Comments

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1.You use it for special occasions
You may have bought a nice bottle of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil once and save it for special occasions and that bottle is sitting there for months even for a year waiting to be used. Drizzling it on some heirloom tomatoes you found at the farmers market or just to dip in some bread when you had company over. But the reality is that you are doing a disservice to the olive oil and yourself. Olive oil is best used when fresh for two reasons: it tastes good and it retains its nutrients when it is fresh. Let’s not forge that olives are fruit and as with every fruit you prefer their juice fresh. After 3-6 months from the harvest date olive oil is no longer fresh. So next time you find a nice olive oil, make sure you use it. Read more »

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