Mia Kouppa Nativity Fast Meal Plan – 2021

Mia Kouppa Nativity Fast Meal Plan 2021

A FREE downloadable meal plan, NEW lent-friendly recipes, pantry staples and substitutions

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Youvetsi with lamb

Youvetsi with lamb is a classic Greek slow cooked meal made with lamb and orzo.

Youvetsi with lamb is a classic Greek slow cooked meal made with lamb and orzo.


Γιουβέτσι με αρνί. Several years ago one of us was gifted a cookbook called Slow Food. Like all great cookbooks it was bedtime reading for weeks. Only after every page had been turned over at least once did the book make its way into the kitchen, where a few of the recipe were tried. We still have that book, and love it. The photos are appetizing, the recipes varied and delicious, and the spirit of the book is exactly what we needed then, and now. Slow cooking (not to be confused with slow cooker cooking) is about intentionality, calm and patience. Since that book, the slow food movement has ebbed and flowed in its popularity but one thing is for sure – the Greek kitchen is full of recipes that require time, and little else.

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Alevropita (Αλευρόπιτα)

Alevropita

Alevropita is a quick, thin-battered feta pie


Sometimes we are so lazy! Like, stay in bed all day reading and eating bon-bons lazy. Or, too tired to cook so have cereal for dinner lazy. Or no one’s around to judge so I’m going to take the elevator one flight up lazy. It happens, and we don’t have the energy to pretend that it doesn’t.

Laziness however can also result in really lovely things, like alevropita. This is the cheese pie you want to make when you’re too lazy to make your own phyllo, when you’re too lazy to fold kalitsounia, and when you’re too lazy to spend much time in the kitchen.

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Easy Greek olive and oregano bread

Easy Greek olive and oregano bread

Easy Greek olive and oregano bread is quick and simple to make and is loaded with Kalamata olives and oregano


If you’ve ever been to Greece, or visited a Greek home (or been raised in one!), you know that there are times when meals are very simple affairs. Especially in Greece, where there is the afternoon siesta, lunch is often the largest meal of the day with dinner being much lighter. It is not unusual to sit at a dining table in the evening and be offered bread, olives, tomato wedges, feta and maybe some nuts and be told that supper is served.

This easy Greek olive and oregano bread would be welcome at that Greek dinner table. In fact, it would be welcome anywhere. Loaded with Kalamata olives and flavoured with amazing Greek oregano, this is a bread that you’ll find yourself making again and again.

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Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano (Ψωμί στη σχάρα)

Grilled bread with olive oil and oregano

Thick cut country grilled bread with olive oil and oregano flavour.


Just when you thought bread couldn’t get any better, along comes this. If you have ever eaten in a Greek restaurant, either in Greece or elsewhere, you would have likely been served a basket of bread like this; thick cut slices of country bread brushed with olive oil and kissed with oregano, grilled so that they are at once crispy, toasty and yet still soft and able to sop up all sorts of deliciousness.

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Christopsomo (Χριστόψωμο)

Christopsomo

Christopsomo is a layered Christmas bread with the most unbelievable texture and flavour

Christmas rituals certainly vary across cultures, regions and families. Some are embedded within religious traditions while others are developed through years of “that’s just the way we do things”.  One tradition which our family shares with many other Orthodox families is the baking of the traditional christopsomo, which literally translates to Christ’s bread.  This bread is typically baked on Christmas Eve and eaten on Christmas Day and is replete with symbolism and meaning.

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Pita bread

Pita bread

Soft and kind of fluffy pita bread

Pita bread

The French have the baguette, Mexican cuisine has the tortilla, Indian aloo gobi gets sopped up with soft, pillowy naan bread, and if you’ve every treated your palate to Ethiopian food you’ll likely remember using the pancake-like bread called injera to scoop up every bite you took.  Every culture, every cuisine, seems to have a variation of some cereal or grain based bread that is quintessentially their own.  For Greeks, that is the pita.

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Kouloures (Κουλούρες)

Kouloures (Κουλούρες)

Kouloures are the Greek-take on bagels! Delicious recipe for bread rings coated in sesame seeds.

Every once in a while our parents would take us to a local Greek bakery to help select a dessert to bring to a dinner party or gathering.  Usually they would make and bring along their own galaktoboureko, baklava or melomakarona, but occasionally our parents would be too busy to do so (because they were also bringing along some homemade spanakopita or keftedes).  When that was the case, we would walk into the bakery with them and be overwhelmed by the sights and smells of all the delicious Greek desserts, breads and snacks.  Our parents would typically ask us to choose a variety of small, individual serving size cakes (glyka or γλυκά), often 8 – 12 in a box.  This was so exciting…shopping for sweets!  We were sure to select vanilla cakes, kok, cream-filled pastries, chocolate mousses and anything else that made our box of cakes a sight to behold.  The only thing better than selecting the pastries was receiving these boxes of glyka when we had company over.  Well before dessert was served, all the kids would sneak into the kitchen, snip the ribbon which tied the box closed, lift the lid with great anticipation, excited to see what joy lay within the box.  We would then quickly call dibs on the particular piece of dessert that we wanted.

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Tsoureki and feta grilled cheese

Tsoureki and feta grilled cheese

Tsoureki and feta grilled cheese is a sweet, salty, crunchy and oozy grilled cheese sandwich that you’ll love!

For years, when we thought about grilled cheese we thought only about two pieces of white toast slathered with butter, with a slice of processed cheese in between them.  This would get fried in a non-stick pan and would usually be served with a cold glass of milk.  A thin, crispy but at the same time kind of soggy, sandwich…and we loved it.  It was one of the first things we learned to make ourselves when we were young, and we felt that we were teaching our parents a thing or two…grilled cheese was not something they grew up on. Now that we are older, and more culinary (we have a blog after all!), we still occasionally enjoy this classic…but we’ve also learned that there is more than one way to grill a cheese sandwich. The result? The original Mia Kouppa tsoureki and feta grilled cheese!

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Tsoureki bread pudding

Tsoureki bread pudding

A simple and slightly sweet bread pudding served with a rich sauce

Greek Pascha is the holiday which keeps on giving…leftovers, that is.  One of the things that our Easter season seems to leave us with plenty of is tsoureki, and we’re thrilled because that means we can make recipes like our tsoureki bread pudding.  It seems that most Greek homes bake a huge number of these sweet loaves during this holiday season, many of which are then are gifted to family and friends.  If you are Greek however, you usually end up receiving as many tsourekia as you give away and end up breaking even!  Good problems to have!

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