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Spinach Lasagna with Lime

Spinach Lasagna with Lime

This recipe was cooked for us by some dear friends from Rhodes, when they visited us right before COVID kicked off and changed our lives! As a chef and his partner, they fed us a selection of tasty treats during their stay - but this was our ultimate favourite, and one I just had to ask them for the recipe for. They are very generous, and shared the recipe with us in a heartbeat. My thanks to them, always! Lasagna (or Lasagne is correct, I think, in the UK and Europe) is heart-warming comfort food at the best of times. But this veggie-based spinach lasagna recipe, using the iron-packed and healthy spinach in place of mince, and the addition of that mouth-watering lime, makes this dish a whole different ball game! You still have that ultimate comfort dish - but with a twist. You know you’ve knocked it out of the park when the whole table goes quiet after that first mouthful, silently savouring the wonderful flavour explosion happening in their mouths! A healthy spinach lasagna is great to have in your repertoire as a veggie - but this lime-infused one is all the more special. We didn’t even have the fooodlove site back when they made this recipe for us - but it’s the best spinach lasagne recipe I’ve ever tried, and one I simply HAD to share with you guys onsite! I hope you adore it as much as we do.

Green Beans with Tomato Sauce

Green Beans with Tomato Sauce

I remember enjoying this at home in Rhodes through the summer as a child - with freshly-picked green beans from the garden, and even freshly picked tomatoes too! This stewed green beans dish (or Fasolakia Giaxni in Greek) is more than the sum of its parts, and is well worth incorporating into your recipe repertoire. The great news is that beans are now available all year round, frozen! And because tinned tomatoes are a perfect substitute for fresh ones here, this has really turned into almost a store cupboard dish, which I can conjure up whatever the season, whatever the weather. It can be grat to know you’ve got a veggie ‘store cupboard’ side, for when I’m due to go shopping and we’re almost out of fresh veggies. Fasolakia Ladera, or Green beans with oil, and the addition of tomatoes and herbs, makes simple freezer ingredients shine. This is one of those great vegetarian sides; it’s so complex in flavour despite the simplicity of making it. Green beans in tomato sauce is one to cook up as a side to accompany a special evening meal (or indeed, lunch in the sun, should you be so lucky!). Some pair the dish with beef, which is good for meat eaters, but I really don’t think it misses much through the absence of the meat here. Good quality olive oil is important too, as is the finely chopped sprinkle of herbs at the end - this really elevates all the flavours and melds them together perfectly.

Mediterranean Style Shakshuka

Mediterranean Style Shakshuka

This Mediterranean-style Shakshuka was actually thought out by my husband! He is not often found cooking, but he hit on a real win with this simple Shakshuka recipe when I was too tired and busy to cook one day, back in Rhodes. We call it Greek Shakshuka; I don’t think that’s a real thing, but he took the shakshuka ingredients and added Greek staples so that’s what it became! What is Shakshuka? Shakshuka is a popular dish originating from North Africa, which has been popular with the Israeli community and Jewish diaspora, bringing it to brunch menus across the globe over the past decade or so. Broadly, Shakshuka consists of eggs poached in a tomato sauce, with vegetables, herbs and spices. We love our roster of Mediterranean egg recipes, so we had to somehow work this popular North African dish into the Mediterranean canon! To do this we keep it simple - tomatoes, feta and egg are the primary tastes here. This is perfect for a light lunch or supper with a side salad, this is, however, a go-to brunch dish, served with a side of toast. It’s a flexible recipe, too, so if you want to add a few herbs and spices, and even extra veg, be my guest. This is our recipe - feel free to tweak it until you have your own! We have this at least once a month for a comforting, sustaining and satisfying brunch.

Top 5 side dishes to accompany Greek recipes

Top 5 side dishes to accompany Greek recipes

Wondering what Greek side dish will best accompany your Greek recipe? fooodlove shows the top 5

Vegan Filo Potato Pie

Vegan Filo Potato Pie

This vegan filo potato pie is a brilliant crowd-pleaser. Any vegetarian filo pie is a hit with me, as a veggie myself, but I love to have lots of vegan recipes in my arsenal to make sure I can feed all of my guests equally well. Filo pie is a brilliant use of filo pastry, which is very popular in Greek cuisine, and so versatile. Any Patatopita recipe (that’s potato pie in Greek!) has to be topped with that filo crunch, and then have a rich centre. Serve this eggless potato pie with a side salad for a lighter lunch, use it as a luxurious side to a bigger meat, or veggie, main dish, or make a big dish and cut into smaller pieces, for brilliant party mouthfuls! Adding leek, and going for a potato and leek pie, is another option which is really lovely come wintertime, and a little bit of an alternative to the classic potato and onion pie that’s so classic in the UK. This potato filo option has all of those Greek flavours, imparted by the dill and parsley, and the sprinkle of sesame on top adds both that Greek nuttiness and of course a range of essential nutrients and vitamins, like phenolic antioxidants, minerals and protein - all vital, particularly to a vegan diet.

Pasta Salad without Mayo

Pasta Salad without Mayo

This pasta salad is such a simple dish that it barely needs a recipe; that’s part of the reason I love to make it! The second reason is that it gets some nice veggies into the kids’ diet without any fuss - they love pasta in every form. This is a great, easy supper dish. I often serve it with my wine-infused burger patties, for a hearty lunch or evening option. It’s also the perfect dish to feed to those guests who came round for coffee - and are still here hours later, when dinner is due! Cooking pasta is the easiest, quickest thing, and there is always enough in the fridge to help me rustle up this recipe. You might’ve noticed I use Greek yoghurt here, instead of mayonnaise. This really brings the calorie count back under control; it’s still an indulgent pasta, but the added protein from the Greek yoghurt and the decrease in calories make it easier to warrant cooking regularly. I tend to make a big batch of it, hoping to have it in the fridge to use as a side dish over the next two to three days - but my family often thwart this plan, demolishing it in one sitting!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Tzatziki is probably one of those Greek recipes that needs no introduction! This famous dip is a creamy and refreshing mixture of thick Greek yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and olive oil. It’s enough to transport anybody back to a Greek taverna, eating some souvlaki in the sun! Even if you’ve never visited Greece, you’ve likely enjoyed tzatziki as a dip for pita bread or carrot sticks, at a sunny barbecue with friends. Now that the sun is smiling down on us and our BBQ is permanently uncovered, this is a regular side dish to any and all of our BBQ recipes, and to dip flatbreads or pitas into when our mouths are watering and we just can’t wait for everything to be cooked!

Orange Filo Pie

Orange Filo Pie

I always do lots of research to make sure a recipe is exactly how I want; I usually try a few iterations, varying ingredients and quantities to finely tune the recipe. While making the Baked Feta recipe, I did just this - and so ended up with a lot of leftover filo! I was so cross when I opened the fridge the next day to see that I had failed to seal the filo properly, and it was completely dried out. Now, I should tell you that I hate waste. This was also a LOT of filo, and I couldn’t consider just throwing it away! So I researched some different ways to take advantage of this drier texture, and a friend then told me about this orange filo pie recipe. What a save! After experimenting a little, I found a way to create a dish that I absolutely love! One that I love so much, in fact, that I now had to find a way to quickly dry out filo on purpose…😁 Served with a little vanilla ice cream, this is an amazing sweet orange pie, and a must-try dessert!

Dolmadakia Stuffed Vine Leaves with Rice

Dolmadakia Stuffed Vine Leaves with Rice

Dolmadakia, or stuffed vine leaves, are probably something you’ve seen on the menu at a Greek restaurant, found in a deli, or have tried if you’ve ever visited Greece. If not - they are truly delicious Greek morsels that you must try! Dolmadakia truly are traditional, and are one of my favourite ever recipes. Somewhat frustratingly, they’re the kind of dish that disappears even before they’ve hit the table! My youngest daughter sneaks in to steal a couple every five minutes in that danger period, when they are made but it’s not lunch time yet… but how can I blame her, when I did exactly the same at her age! It took me a while to learn how to make them. Needs must, though, as I couldn’t find any when I lived in the Netherlands, so decided to give them a try. I discovered that all you need is a little patience; they’re not difficult or complicated to make. The taste of the vine leaf, combined with the vegetables and rice inside, a squirt of sharp lemon juice and a dip of yoghurt? Incredible.

Florina Peppers Stuffed with Feta

Florina Peppers Stuffed with Feta

Feta-stuffed Florina peppers are a very popular side dish in my family! Every time we have a family gathering (pre-pandemic, anyway), we would each bring a meze dish to the feast…and this particular side would somehow always be present. It’s just a hit with everyone who tries it! Showcasing simple ingredients and with an easy cooking method, this is a great meze dish. It also seems to go with everything - I think you’d be hard-pushed to find a pairing that didn’t sit easily with it! In my book…there is always room for Florina peppers stuffed with feta. (Ssh, let me tell you my secret! When all the peppers are gone but there’s still olive oil in the bottom of the dish, dipping bread into those feta- and pepper-infused juices is possibly my favourite morsel of all!)

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

You might think that mashed potatoes are a distinctly British culinary invention. You’d be wrong! In Greece we love mashed potatoes too! I always want mash with my soutzoukakia, for example - it’s the absolute go-to side dish for this! We’d also have it with burger patties, or chicken. Liquid yet lumpy mash is enough to turn anyone off - but done right, this simple tasty side dish is the perfect accompaniment to so many dishes! My mashed potatoes method is simple - adding milk and butter is a no-brainer to make this indulgent in all the right ways making for light, delicate, tasty mash. This recipe makes a large quantity, but feel free to half it, the proportions will still work.

Juicy Chicken with Veggies

Juicy Chicken with Veggies

This simple and satisfying supper is one of the first “proper” meals I cooked for my husband when we got married! I had always been confident with all the egg options (always a go-to for our breakfasts), but I tended to stick to the safety of easy pasta dishes for dinner. So, I got this chicken with veggies recipe from my mom. And we’re still married…coincidence? Perhaps not! Haha! I’d say this recipe marks the beginning of my journey into love - for family, for food, and for cooking. This recipe for chicken with veggies is a similar dish to the chicken and red pepper mix that works so well in chicken fajita recipes - so there’s another serving option for you! We like to have it served simply with basmati rice. It’s a brilliant midweek meal, featuring lots of healthy lean protein as well as plenty of veg, for a really balanced meal. It’s pretty quick and easy, too. You can even enjoy it with rice one night and as the filling for chicken fajitas the next! I love batch cooking, as a great way to make sure my family has plenty of great food to eat through the week, without having to stand at the stove for ages every night.

Creamy Zucchini Penne

Creamy Zucchini Penne

This creamy zucchini penne (or courgette penne, for all my UK readers!) makes a healthy vegetable the star of the show. For this tasty dinner, the little tubes of penne are a great choice for catching the sauce, although rigatoni, maccheroni or even straight pasta like tagliatelle or spaghetti will do in a pinch. When there are lots of palates around the table, especially with little ones, it can be hard to leave everybody in the family satisfied.  This is a dish that always succeeds for me in that regard! I am a veggie, but my family all eat meat. Nevertheless, this dish is a big hit, and a great no-meat meal to have in your repertoire.

Baked Feta in Filo with Honey and Sesame

Baked Feta in Filo with Honey and Sesame

This famous meze is a go-to side dish for us when we’re back in Greece, enjoying a meal in a taverna. It’s usual to have several “mezedes” (this kind of side dish) with your order - and I often find that the mezedes can end up being one of the most enjoyable parts of the meal for me! The combination of salty feta wrapped in crunchy filo pastry, alongside the nutty tang of sesame seed and silky honey is just a match made in heaven. ‘Sweet and sour’, ‘agrodolce’ - lots of cultures are accustomed to mixing savoury and sweet, and this particular Greek example is one of my favourites.

Lemon Pea Stew

Lemon Pea Stew

This lemon pea stew recipe is a perfect veggie winter warmer. It’s super easy, and the addition of lemon and dill at the end makes for a vibrant zestiness that is so addictive. In some parts of Greece this recipe is made with meat, too. There are several Greek recipes that make arakas, or peas, the star of the show, and this is one. Other arakas recipes might include beef, or tomatoes - but I like the clean, sweet flavour of peas in combination with lemon and dill best. At our house this is served simply, with lots of crumbled feta cheese mixed with olive oil and lemon, maybe a side salad and some garlic bread. It sounds simple, but really this sits pride of place as a main meal. It is the perfect dish for early spring - it tides me over from the cold winter nights when all I want is a bowl of warm, nourishing stew into the springtime, when I crave fresh, green flavours. This lemon pea stew recipe straddles both of these desires perfectly.

Gemista

Gemista

Gemista, or Yemista, is a very popular and traditional Greek dish for stuffed vegetables. Using commonly available ingredients, this Gemista recipe is a vegetarian one (some add pork or beef mince). Every household in Greece seems to have their own, slightly unique Gemista recipe, but they tend to have rice and herbs in common as fillings - and are stuffed into a vegetable. Full of flavour and vibrancy, this recipe for stuffed tomatoes is healthy and fresh. ‘Gemista’ actually means ‘filled with’ or ‘stuffed’ in Greek, so literally that is the only thing you have to do - stuff a vegetable with a filling! Served as a starter, a side dish or as the main course, the Gemista is pretty flexible. We enjoy eating it for our main meal, often accompanied by feta cheese and fresh bread.

Traditional Soutzoukakia

Traditional Soutzoukakia

This is my Soutzoukakia recipe - a traditional Greek spiced meatballs recipe. This dish is also known in Greece as Smyrna meatballs, Soutzoukakia Smyrneika or İzmir Köfte. That’s because the dish arrived in Greece via immigrants from Smyrna (now called Izmir), in Anatolia, Turkey, which was often referred to as ‘Asia Minor’. This hearty Greek dish provides a fabulous combination of Mediterranean flavours. The cinnamon gives a gentle warmth, but it is the unique savoury note provided by the cumin that makes Soutzoukakia unlike anything else. These flavoursome meatballs cooked in a rich, thick tomato sauce are definitely considered ‘the main event’ for my family’s dinner (served with either rice or mashed potatoes), but they can also be considered a side dish as part of a larger feast. Please invite me!

Spicy Feta Dip

Spicy Feta Dip

You probably know feta - a traditional Greek brined cheese made from sheep (or sheep plus goats’) milk, and aged in brine. We’re total feta addicts in our house; I just think it makes everything extra delicious! This spicy feta dip recipe is traditionally called ‘tirokafteri’, and is the perfect combination of creamy, sweet, savoury, tangy and gentle spice. Often offered as a side dish in Greece, this is a great party dip, but we actually enjoy it most often as a spread on our morning sandwich (yep, sandwiches for breakfast!) and as a dip for nachos during movie night (it’s perfect for this)! This is irresistible…and the recipe takes the grand total of five minutes. It’s a no brainer!

Greek Spinach and Rice

Greek Spinach and Rice

This traditional Greek country dish is a winter staple in so many homes. Greek spinach and rice - called Spanakorizo in Greek - seems super simple, but it is the ultimate in comfort food. Its soft and creamy texture plus plenty of lemon juice and olive oil make for a warming bowl of comfort which is nevertheless packed with a super-boost of veg. As with so many Greek recipes, this recipe provides a fuss-free, easy and, more than anything, tasty way of getting lots of goodness into your diet. Served as both a side dish and a main dish, we tend to eat this for an evening meal on dark winter’s nights and as spring creeps in. It is great as a side too though, as part of a big feast of mezedes, or Greek small dishes! Spinach is a great source of vitamins K, A, C and folate, as well as providing manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Rice provides the comfort and sustenance, and the fat present in olive oil actually facilitates your takeup of antioxidants.

Giouvetsi with Chicken

Giouvetsi with Chicken

Giouvetsi is a Greek recipe that really takes me back and makes me nostalgic for my Greek childhood! It is simple - traditionally, a meat dish (chicken, lamb or beef) cooked with pasta (often ‘kritharaki’ - orzo - as here) in a tomato sauce. Back at home it would traditionally be baked over fire in a clay pot - a güveç - hence the name! It is a recipe that goes back hundreds of years; the original one-pot meal. Orzo is a great, versatile pasta. Only slightly bigger than grains of rice, orzo gives the dish body and is perfect at soaking up all the flavours created by the baking time. The delicious, tender chicken remains moist, whilst the vegetables infuse both flavour and goodness into the stew-like vegetable sauce. Top with cheese and it’s the perfect winter warmer, or weekend lunch.

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