6 Ideas for Easy Meal Prep

Are you looking for ways to make your weekly meal prep a little easier? Check out these six ideas to make getting delicious food on your table a breeze.

Mediterranean Diet 101: What you Need to Know

The Mediterranean Diet is a traditional eating pattern that is characteristic of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, and Spain. It is the most popular “diet” in the world. Read on to discover why so many people are embracing it.

Lemon Tarragon Shrimp Kabobs

Drawing on classic flavor combinations is one way to dress up everyday shrimp. We all know shrimp at their most basic — sizzled up with a little garlic and butter. But this recipe raises the volume on our favorite crustacean with deep depth of flavor and a little acidity.

Crete Culinary Tour with Christina Xenos

The fabled Island of Crete has enchanted me ever since my first visit 20 years ago. It’s hardly surprising since the dramatic terrain boasts some of the best beaches in the world. But Crete truly transcends the typical vacation destination and I would love to show you why.  Join me and Modern Adventure for a delicious tour of Crete from May 13-19, 2023.

Why the Mediterranean Diet Matters Most

The Mediterranean Diet has once again been voted the “best overall diet” according to U.S. News & World Report. For the fifth year in a row, this accolade recognizes the way people eat on the shores of the Mediterranean — even though these populations have been eating this way for millennia.

Manestra — Greek Chicken with Orzo in Tomato Sauce

Manestra is a humble one-pot dish common throughout Greece. At its most simple, it’s just orzo (in Greek called kitharaki) in tomato sauce. You can make that sauce from tomato paste or with canned or fresh tomatoes (wait till they’re in season). But you can also dress it up a bit and make it heartier with a little chicken or other meat. That’s what I’ve done here, because that’s how I remember eating it.

Mushroom Pasta

This Mushroom Pasta recipe is a riff on one of my favorites that I developed for Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. The dish was based off one I had in Athens, using pasta and mushrooms from Crete where my family roots are from. It’s an umami bomb that combines meaty wild mushrooms with cheese and a little cream/Greek yogurt. In this recipe, I’m also suggesting adding saffron, which plays off the richness with more nuance and depth of flavor. It’s optional, but I highly recommend it. Cooking it all in one pot makes the process seamless and clean up is easy when you’re done.

Mushroom Toast

It seems like avocado toast gets all the glory, but in my heart a rich, rustic, mushroom toast ranks no. 1. And it’s surprisingly easy to make with this recipe. Enjoy it any time of day: breakfast, lunch, brunch, second breakfast, etc. You will thank me.

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