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Going Greek!

Each week my husband and I plan the meals so that each night we have a set meal planned and helps keep us organized and within our budget when we go grocery shopping. This week I was inspired to go Greek and was excited to try cooking a new cuisine since I love eggplant, veggies, rice, and chicken…and of course just put a straw in some tzatziki sauce. Each of the recipes are super easy to put together and use pretty much all of the same ingredients so double win! So, here are a few of my favorite recipes from the week I had a chance to try myself and highly recommend for you and your family!

Authentic Tzatziki Sauce

Saying I love this traditional Greek sauce is an understatement and no matter what restaurant I go to their tzatziki sauce always tastes fantastic. When I found this recipe to recreate this at home for the week I couldn’t wait to try it. A good tzatziki is the base for any Greek dish and not to mention it’s fantastic on its own with some pita bread or pita chips. I made this on a Sunday and within its shelf life of 3-6 days it was a perfect addition to every meal I had planned.

Next time I plan to make it with chopped cucumber instead of grating it just because I enjoy the crunch. But, this recipe was easy to throw together and since it’s authentic, it made me feel like I was attempting something a Greek grandmother would teach me.

Cucumber Greek Salad

This was such a fun fresh salad to throw together as a little snack or side for any dinner throughout the week. Just toss in some fresh cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives, some feta and citrus juice and you’ve got a wonderful summer salad! Munch on it with fresh pita and y.u.m!

Moussaka: Eggplant Casserole

This was a fun and hearty dish to pull together, but like all the new recipes I tried this past week it was really easy to make. Casseroles are wonderful, especially for a SAHM or working mom because you prep and cook a couple of the ingredients then just layer it and throw it into the oven. It combines eggplant, a delicious meat sauce, potatoes, and a cheese topping. This is definitely a recipe we’ll have to make again.

Garides Tourkolimano (Greek Shrimp)

Talk about a super easy recipe that literally only takes a few minutes to make. This dish combines shrimp and a super yummy tomato, garlic, and wine sauce that is just delicious when soaked up with slices of french bread.

Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf with Veggies and Tzatziki 

The marinade for the chicken is to die for and only uses simple ingredients to pull off. The recipe calls for skewers but I opted for cubed chicken and instead of the pilaf I made a simple brown rice side. We had run out of pita bread by the time we made this, but next time I’ll be sure to stock up! Roasted veggies just completes this whole hearty dish and this is one I’d love to make again.

What are you cooking up this week? Leave some links for me in the comments!


 

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  • I love Greek food! I’ve never made my own tzatziki but now I want to. I’ve gotten rather lazy with meal prep between traveling a lot and third trimester exhaustion…ha.

    • I hear ya! Making my own tzatziki was always something I wanted to make myself too and I’m so glad I found this recipe. It’s a good starting off place for you to make your own adjustments to how you like it. I’m looking forward to cubing the cucumber this time instead of grating it, but it was still good the way it describes in the recipe! Gyros are typical, but still a favorite – I ate them all through my third trimester!

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  • Amy

    wholly. molly.
    these all look so delicious!
    i made my own tzatziki once, but i need to try again. <3
    and that eggplant casserole looks beyond scrumptious.

  • Amy

    wholly. molly.
    these all look so delicious!
    i made my own tzatziki once, but i need to try again. <3
    and that eggplant casserole looks beyond scrumptious.

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