Grape Leaves (Dolmades)

Growing up as a Greek- American, stuffed grape leaves (dolmades) were always a staple at any occasion.  Whether a holiday, wedding or just part of our daily meals, grape leaves always found their way in.  Many Greeks will even refer to the grape leaves as gold because growing up in Ohio there is only one…

Lentil Bolognese

If you are following a plant-based diet, trying to cut back on saturated fats or just want to try something new, this Lentil Bolognese will make you forget you ever craved meat!  This meal is vegan, gluten free and packed with nutrients.  But don’t let all that fool you, this meal is comforting, hearty, and…

Giant Baked Lima Beans

These giant baked lima beans, AKA, Gigantes Plaki, is a traditional Greek dish often used during the lenten season.  Weather you are following a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle or just looking to add some more beans to your diet, this is a great recipe to try.  Although it can take some time due to the soaking and…

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

April is among us and with that, mother nature’s April fools day joke was snow in Ohio! Just as spring was making its appearance, and us Midwesterners were getting use to not having to bundle up every time we walk out the door, we are hit with a couple inches of snow. If you need…

Battling Cooking Fatigue

A year ago the world just about shut down forcing Americans, and the rest of the world, to change their lifestyle dramatically.   For most of the people in the United States, our lifestyles have always been “GO, GO, GO”! Because of the pandemic, over the last year, we have been forced into our homes with…

Cretan Medicinal Herbs

As we are deep into the winter months in Ohio, sickness has traveled through my home prompting me to pull out my dried herbs that I got on my last stop in Greece this summer- the island of Crete.  Stopping in Crete, my intentions were to further explore the Mediterranean diet and the gastrostomy of…

The Golden Liquid- HONEY!

After traveling from Athens to Agrinio, our next stop to experience the Mediterranean diet firsthand was an island in the eastern Aegean Sea named Samos. After having many meals rich in plant-based foods, fresh fish, olives and olive oil with the touch of creamy cheeses and lamb, we stumbled upon a small honey store that…

The Olive- One Key to the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as the World Health Organization as it is considered one of the healthiest ways of nourishing your body.   The lifestyle of this diet has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.  This was first observed when it was noted that…