A compilation of 10 traditional Greek meals for anyone interested in cooking Greek food.
Παραδοσιακές ελληνικές συνταγές. Anyone interested in learning more about Greek cooking and traditional Greek recipes will welcome this post! We’ve compiled a selection of traditional Greek foods which go beyond the better known, and amazing moussaka and pastitsio (don’t worry, we’ve included those too!). We hope that this will help inspire you to make Greek main meals that you may not have heard of, but that we think you will certainly enjoy.
Traditional Greek recipes are very regional; depending upon what area of Greece you are living and eating in, recipes will vary. Our parents are from the Peloponnese, Messinia to be more exact. So, some of these recipes, and their specific preparation are specific to that area, and to our family. We hope that you will enjoy them as much as we do!
A tropical and easy cake made with coconut, lime and zucchini
Although Fall is here and the internet is full of recipes starring apples and pumpkin, (like our easy apple crisp and our perfectly perfect pumpkin bread), we can’t help but want to hold on to a few tropical flavours. Ingredients like zucchini, lime and coconut may give off summer vibes, but the reality is that they are available all year round – and we’re grateful they are. Sometimes you just want a dessert that tastes like sunshine and warm weather.
Healthy vegan borlotti bean soup made with fresh beans
Σούπα από φρέσκα φασόλια. Greeks who immigrated from Greece in search of a better life, the way our parents did, worked hard to learn the language of their new country. Most did this without formal schooling or structured classes. Many, like our mom, learned to communicate by watching television and by listening to co-workers or people on the bus or the salespeople in shops. This, while also learning to adapt to a new climate, new social contexts and expectations, and the newness of no longer living under the protective wing of family. When we think about it, and we think about it often, we are so impressed and so proud of our parents, and the countless others like them who leave a life they know behind and come to a new land to enrich it, and themselves. These are brave and inspiring stories.
A traditional Greek side dish or main meal of okra stewed in tomato sauce, bamies latheres me domata
Μπαμιές λαδέρες με σάλτσα ντομάτα. Yes, there are people out there (and here) that love okra. We are of those people, and we think you might be too, even if you don’t know it yet! Once you embrace the idea of trying okra, and you make our recipe for Greek okra stewed in tomato sauce, we think that it will become your new favourite side dish. In fact, this recipe is so good, we often make it as the main meal – we just eat more of it! Serve with some bread and some feta and olives and you have a meal fit for a King or Queen (also, speaking of Queen, check out this heirloom variety of okra called Silver Queen).
Muffins are the perfect grab and go breakfast. The ideal snack to pack in your child’s lunchbox. They are the answer to late evening cravings, with a glass of milk or a soothing herbal tea. Lighter than cake, sweeter than bread, muffins like our easy banana muffins satisfy your cravings while still being a pretty healthy option.
Making your own muffins is so easy; once you have the necessary equipment (basically a muffin tray), there will be no stopping you. And banana muffins are everybody’s favourite – especially mom’s and dad’s who wonder how the bananas they purchased went from being just right to almost overly ripe seemingly overnight! No worries, these easy banana muffins are best when made with very ripe bananas – the banana flavour is more intense and the flavour naturally sweeter.
Λαδένια. We are so happy to introduce you to what is probably one of our favourite summer meals. Ladenia (pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable) is a recipe that brings us way, way back, and very far away. This was a recipe that our grandmother often made during our summer stays in Greece, and it was always such fun to sit around her wooden, rickety kitchen table and watch as she cut it into slices. Our eager hands and hungry bellies eyed each piece, carefully assessing them to see which was the largest, and which had slightly more toppings.
Our healthy brownie baked oatmeal is vegan and has no refined sugar.
It can be quite easy to eat well, if you know where to turn! If you are concerned about making healthy food choices, finding recipes that satisfy the less-than-good-for-you-cravings, while still being wholesome, is so important. It’s easy to stick to a healthy diet if you focus on vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins all the time, but let’s face it, sometimes you want ooey, gooey chocolate.
Peach galette is an easy and delicious summer dessert
Nothing screams summer as much as biting into a ripe peach and having the juice run down your chin. Any fruit that you have to slurp before you bite is sure to be delicious, and a perfectly ripe peach is worth all shirt stains and sticky fingers. A perfect summer peach is something you remember. One of us can still taste the peach that cost more than any fruit should, purchased at the now long closed Balducci’s in New York’s Greenwich Village. For a struggling student that peach was a fortune, and it was worth every penny.
This slushy cocktail made with ouzo and lemonade is the perfect summer slushie treat!
Summer makes us thirsty! There is nothing like a refreshing cocktail, sipped poolside, to help celebrate the warm weather months. Flavours and recipes we would pass on in winter, we crave in the summer – frosty cocktails are one of those things.
Montreal summers can get pretty hot and humid. Temperatures ranging in the high twenties or early thirties, with a high humidex can make you feel hot and sweaty and pretty uncomfortable. The best place to be when that happens is by the water (a pool, a lake, the shower), sipping a nice cool drink.