Greek Night at the Johnson's



Ok, ok, it may not be totally authentic, and yes, I may have taken some short cuts, but I wanted to share this idea with you because it can be the basis for a whole variety of quick, easy and healthy weeknight meals.

As you can see in the picture, I cut up tomatoes, cucumbers and Kalamata olives. I offered store bought hummus and pita bread that I quick toasted in the oven with a little spray of coconut oil and sprinkle of sea salt. I also threw together a greek yogurt dip for my store bought falafels. I had Romaine as the base and there was also feta cheese to top it off with.

Everyone was happy because they got to pick and choose what they wanted and how they wanted it “organized.”

My littlest at everything separate and chose not to have salad. My oldest didn’t like the falafel, so she had everything in a salad with pita and hummus on the side. I threw everything into a bowl except the pita and hummus, and my husband made a giant salad with the falafel on the side.

I cook a lot of dinners like this because it offers options, and takes the pressure off my littles. This way they can explore if they’re feeling brave, or not.

Here are some other variations on this meal:

· Homemade falafel
· Greek Marinated Chicken or shrimp
· Greek flavored turkey meatballs!
· Chickpeas, roasted or not
· Red onion
· Pepperoncini
· A grain salad like tabbouleh or saffron rice
· Pick everything up at the olive bar and salad bar at Whole Foods or other grocery store!!

The following are typical spices and herbs found in Mediterranean cuisine:

  • Anise
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Chili
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Fenugreek
  • Garlic
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Poppy seed
  • Saffron
  • Sesame
  • Sumac
  • Thyme
  • Onion


You can use whatever combinations you want to create a Greek Inspired Meal at your house.

 

Since I don't really use exact recipes when I cook, here's my “sort of” recipe for the Greek Yogurt Dip:

¾ c. Plain Greek Yogurt

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Oregano (I was out of dill)

½ lemon, juiced

Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all together.

The next day I actually just added a little water to this and used it as a salad dressing.

 

I hope this inspires Greek Night at your house!

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