Harvest Quinoa Pilaf

Fall is all about comfort food, but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice being healthy. It also doesn’t mean that your healthier dishes have to be boring. This Harvest Quinoa Pilaf isn’t your every day grain bowl. Instead, it’s packed with energy boosting and vitamin-rich ingredients like quinoa, pomegranates, and sweet potatoes. Together, they create a dynamic combination of flavors, textures, and colors. What’s not to love?! Oh, and it’s also is super easy to make and only uses one pot, for easy cleanup.

Savory Lentil Soup

Lentil soup has become quite the comfort food for me over the years. It’s hearty and healthy with lentils that are packed with fiber and other nutrients. Additionally, it’s a handy soup to make without much planning since it’s full of pantry staples.

Roasted Greek Lemon Potatoes

If there’s one certainty in life that I can stand fully behind is that Greeks love their potatoes. The humble root vegetable is incorporated into a number of iconic dishes like moussaka, briam, artichoke and potato stew. If you’re used to visiting Greece in the summer you’ll most often see it fried in olive oil as the universal side dish. But what I want to share with you today is my all-time favorite recipe for roasted Greek lemon potatoes.

Kourkoubines Pasta with Figs and Honey

This summer I had the exciting opportunity to travel to Greece’s island of Evia, even though I never left Los Angeles. Travel Evia reached out to me to develop a recipe based on some of the island’s most prized ingredients. That’s how this recipe for local Kourkoubines Pasta with Figs and Honey was born.

Avocado Skordalia (Avocado Garlic Dip)

I wanted to put a healthier spin on the classic Greek skordalia and update it a bit. So instead of the starchy base like bread or potatoes, I’m using avocado for this recipe. Avocados are nutrient dense and full of healthy fats. They also whip up perfectly with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon that are the backbone of this recipe.

Easy Imam Bayildi

Imam Bayildi is a classic Greek recipe for eggplants stuffed with savory tomatoes, onions and spices with roots in its Ottoman occupied past. The literal translation means “the imam fainted,” of course because this combo of tender eggplants and savory tomatoes tastes so incredibly delicious. This is my go-to dish for both a relatively easy weeknight vegetarian meal, and as a show-stopping meatless marvel at my pop-us dinners. It packs so much flavor, is gorgeous, and incredibly stunning. 

Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Is there anything Greek yogurt can’t do? One of my favorite ways to use it is in a marinade like in these Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kabobs. By combining just a few simple ingredients (Greek yogurt, lemon, dried oregano, salt, and pepper), you not only infuse maximum flavor, you keep your chicken from drying out as well.

Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce — Soutzoukakia

To say meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods would be an understatement. I love them with any type of ground meat, served alone, or Keftedes served with tzatziki on a mezze spread. I make them all the time for my Los Angeles personal chef clients because they are so versatile, delicious, and freeze well. But one of my favorite ways to eat them is in tomato sauce full of savory spices like in this Soutzoukakia recipe. 

Chicken Kapama — Greek Braised Chicken in Spiced Tomato Sauce

There are few things more comforting to me than a dish of slowly braised chicken stew with a richly spiced sauce. That’s why this traditional recipe for Chicken Kapama — slowly braised chicken in tomato sauce with spices — is one of my all-time favorites. Chicken Kapama perfectly utilizes the classic Greek flavor combination of meat, tomato, and cinnamon. Greek cuisine incorporates this with all types of meat in a variety of iconic dishes like stews, pasta sauces, and other meat sauces like the one used in Moussaka or Pastitsio.

Cinnamon Raisin Star Bread Recipe

At it’s most basic, Star Bread is a delicious solution when you want to make a pull-apart bread, but elevate it to the next level. Its star shape has three layers and eight points. And you stuff each layer with a sweet or savory filling. It is perfect for the holidays or if you just need a show stopping centerpiece for your table.

Southwestern Spiced Chicken Soup

This Southwestern Spiced Chicken Soup recipe is delicious and satisfying. It’s based off tortilla soup, but bumps up the flavors and vegetables in the soup instead of using tortillas as a filler to create a healthier outcome.

Pasta Flora (Greek Fruit Perserve Tart)

One of the tastiest desserts in the Greek pastry menagerie — and one of my favorites — is Pasta Flora. Despite its name, Pasta Flora doesn’t have anything to do with “pasta.” It’s actually a traditional Greek jam-filled tart with a sweet flaky crust. 

Greek Lobster Pasta (Astakomakaronada)

I’m currently getting ready to head off to Greece, and one thing I always look forward to when I’m there is indulging in Astakomakaronada: Greek lobster pasta. You can find the dish all over the islands in the summer, and when it’s done well it’s worth the hefty price tag. Read on to find out how I make this delicious recipe.

Mediterranean Salmon Baked In Parchment (En Papillote)

Sunday is our market day in Los Angeles, and the inspiration for this Mediterranean salmon baked in parchment recipe. Strolling to the farmers market on Sundays is my incentive to wake up a littler earlier in anticipation of what the week’s harvest will bring. Right now, summer is swinging into high gear and all the farmers tents are stocked with plenty of squash, heirloom tomatoes, stone fruits, and eggplants are just beginning to arrive. It’s my favorite time of year with so much available.

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