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.

Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup with Tomato) Recipe

Beans and legumes comprise one of the cornerstones of the Greek diet. And it’s no wonder — they’ve existed in Greece since before the Bronze Age. They are a humble ingredient that makes a sustainable source of protein and ultimately satisfaction. That’s why you can find Fasolada — Greek White Bean Soup — throughout the country and diaspora.

Chestnut Stifado Recipe (Kastana Stifado) – Braised Chestnuts with Pearl Onions

Stifado is a traditional Greek braise that features pearl onions usually in equal quantities to the amount of meat that is being braised with them. But this recipe is a different take, braising chestnuts with pearl onions. The result is an intoxicating tomato sauce laced with cinnamon and cloves. This recipe is delicious to eat on its own, over some rice, mashed potatoes or winter squash, or noodles. It’s also vegan and gluten-free.

Melomakarona (Greek Honey Walnut Christmas Cookies)

Melomakarona is one of the most beloved Greek desserts and is traditionally served at Christmastime. It’s a festive cookie—boasting spices like cinnamon and cloves—tender and crumbly, and moist from its final swim in a spiced honey syrup, similar to one that is drizzled over baklava. Every Greek family has their own version of this cookie, and I’m excited to share mine with you.

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.

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.

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.

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