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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Health Effects of Added Sugars

More and more we are finding out that increased added sugars in our diets, coming from the large amount of sugar sweetened beverages and processed foods we consume in the United States, is leading to increased numbers of overweight, obesity and many chronic diseases.  In part 1 of my sugar series- The Truth About Sugar!,…

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The Truth About SUGAR!

Sugar- it is lurking in almost all the foods we consume in our diets.  If you are buying something that comes in a package, box or, can, there is a good chance that sugar has been added to that product.  We are constantly hearing that sugar is bad for us but is it really?

Vegan Quinoa Salad

Eating vegan is a trend that is on the rise.  People decide to eat vegan foods for several reasons including animal rights and religious reasons.  While I am not a vegan there will be times that I eat vegan foods.  I will stress that just because you are eating vegan does not mean that you…

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Ranch Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

After making my vegetable stuffed pumpkin I couldn’t even think of throwing away the pumpkin seeds! They are way to precious!  Not only are they delicious, but pumpkin seeds are packed full of nutrients including magnesium, iron, zinc and protein just to name a few. There are so many different seasonings you can put on…

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Coconut Oil- Foe or Friend?

In the past couple years it seems the trend has been to use coconut in everything.  From coconut oil to coconut flour and coconut water, it seems that the coconut industry is booming.  So is this new love for coconut just a trend or is there any real health benefit from all these coconut products.…

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