Giant beans (gigantes) with greens

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)
A Greek recipe which combines giant beans (gigantes) with a mixture of greens.

A Greek recipe which combines giant beans (gigantes) with a mixture of greens.


Γίγαντες με λαχανικά. Have you met our parents? If you have, in person, then you have hopefully visited them in the summer and taken a stroll through their garden. They love sharing this outside oasis with family, friends and people they just met. A garden is a lot of hard work, but the payoff is priceless. The pride of growing your own food, knowing that it is as fresh and as clean as possible – well, there is nothing better. It also offers a perspective that you can’t really appreciate otherwise. A garden, big or small, gives you a glimpse into the work that our farmers and agriculturalists experience every day to keep us fed.

Continue reading “Giant beans (gigantes) with greens”

Tahini honey cookies

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)
Simple, vegan and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites.

Simple, dairy-free, gluten-free and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites


Μπισκότα με ταχίνι και μέλι. If you have just stumbled across Mia Kouppa and are wondering what all the fuss is about, and especially if you are not sure that you should use precious ingredients on one of our recipes, we have a few things to say. First, welcome!!! We are so happy that you are here! Second, try this recipe for tahini honey cookies. Seriously. We know that this recipe will convince you that we are worth the risk.

Continue reading “Tahini honey cookies”

2022 Great Lent Meal Plan

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)

Our new and improved Meal Plan for 2022 Great Lent. Recipe ideas to take us from Clean Monday to Pascha!


We are once again so thrilled to be able to offer you our FREE downloadable meal plan for Great Lent 2022. We have worked hard to make this meal plan even better than previous ones. The larger format makes the daily recipe ideas easier to follow. We have included many new recipes, including some wonderful ideas for lenten friendly breakfasts (many of which can be prepared the night before). Finally, we have included links to some of the major holidays during this lenten period.

Download our FREE 2022 Great Lent Meal Plan and additional lenten recipes:


About fasting during Great Lent

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly (Mathew 6.16–18).

Continue reading “2022 Great Lent Meal Plan”

Kalamata olive tapenade

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)
A Kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect quick and easy meze!

A Kalamata olive tapenade is the perfect quick and easy meze

We literally feel as though we have won the tapenade jackpot! Making an olive tapenade is pretty straightforward, but it can be a bit time consuming when you have to pit the olives yourself. Sure, you can use the canned black olives that taste like plastic if you like; those are usually pitted. But we’re fans of flavour, and great flavour at that so we prefer to make our tapenade with Kalamata olives; the pitting is worth it.

But what if we told you that you could make our amazing tapenade and not have to pit a thing! Wouldn’t that be amazing? It would be! And it is! The MEZE brand of pitted Kalamata sliced olives makes tapenade making a breeze. Simply add all ingredients to a food processor, give it a whiz, and you are good to go. Kalamata olive tapenade makes the easiest and most delicious appetizer!

Continue reading “Kalamata olive tapenade”

Mia Kouppa Nativity Fast Meal Plan – 2021

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)
Mia Kouppa Nativity Fast Meal Plan 2021

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

and an invitation to help support the JGH Fund for Ovarian Cancer or CarePacks MTL.


Download your FREE Meal Plan and FREE Recipe Collection and FREE pantry staples and substitutions here:

Please enjoy our Free Meal Plan and Additional Lenten Recipes, and please DONATE to either :

Mustache for a Cause to help support the fight against ovarian cancer

https://jghfoundation.crowdchange.co/22181?fbclid=iwar263npnizdyqhsqz5sgo56ntdsugyhibpk0szqel35wnebnifm07sudhgc

or CarePacks MTL

https://www.facebook.com/carepacksmtl/

Continue reading “Mia Kouppa Nativity Fast Meal Plan – 2021”

Prasorizo Greek leeks and rice

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)
Prasorizo is a classic Greek vegan meal made with leeks and rice.

Prasorizo is a classic Greek vegan meal made with leeks and rice.


Πρασόριζο. Our father was a little older than 18 when he left his village in Messinia to fulfill the obligation that all young men in Greece, to this day, must fulfill. Universal and compulsory military service for men (women can now enroll on a voluntary basis) meant that young men like our father would leave their homes for several months in order to take part in this national service. Universal conscription was introduced during the military reforms of 1909 and was seen (and is still seen by some) as a rite of passage for young men; a final stepping stone before entering the real world

Continue reading “Prasorizo Greek leeks and rice”

Vegan moussaka

A recipe for a plant-based, soy-free version of the classic Greek moussaka.

A recipe for a plant-based, soy-free version of the classic Greek moussaka.


Νηστίσιμος Μουσακάς. Settle in guys, this is going to be a long one. No, not the post…don’t worry about that. If you’re here only for the recipes, you’ll be happy to know that this particular blog entry doesn’t come with any nostalgia, no family stories, and no personal anecdotes that some people seem to find annoying on food blogs. Also, some people love them and if you happen to be in that group of people, head on over to posts like Horta and How to dye really cool Easter eggs…and Thea Voula’s cheesecake. Heck, most of our posts come with a healthy dose of, well, US!.

Continue reading “Vegan moussaka”

Potato salad with smoked herring

A traditional Greek potato salad with smoked herring from Messinia

A traditional Greek potato salad with smoked herring from Messinia


Σαλάτα με πατάτες και καπνιστή ρέγγα. Our parents are from Messinia, a region found in the south western part of the Peloponnese. The capital is Kalamata and it is a marvelous part of the country. Soaring mountain ranges, fertile flatlands and forests, picturesque villages, citadels, vineyards and orchards are some of what make Messenia such a rich and glorious land.

Visitors have learned that there is much that this area has to offer and tourism plays an increasingly large role in the economy. Still, this fertile area is an agricultural wonderland and crops remain the most important industry for the region. Some of the main products are olive oil, Kalamata olives, oranges, sultana raisins and figs.

Continue reading “Potato salad with smoked herring”

Greek stuffed calamari

Home » Greek Recipes » Greek Lenten recipes (Nistisima)
Baked squid stuffed with rice and herbs and baked in a tomato sauce.

Baked squid stuffed with rice and herbs and baked in a tomato sauce.


Καλαμάρια γεμιστά με ρύζι. Greek stuffed calamari is a spectacular meal. If you have never had stuffed calamari we strongly encourage you to give this recipe a try. Calamari were made for stuffing. With their long, hollow (once cleaned) and supple body (which is technically called a mantle), you can easily fill them with an assortment of good stuff. In this Greek stuffed calamari recipe we use rice, some vegetables and herbs to create a wonderful lenten meal.

Continue reading “Greek stuffed calamari”

Octopus and pasta

Greek recipe for octopus in a tomato sauce and small shaped pasta, baked in the oven.

Greek recipe for octopus in a tomato sauce and small shaped pasta, baked in the oven.


Χταπόδι με κοφτό μακαρονάκι.. There are certain scenes which are immediately recognizable as being part of the landscape and story of Greece. The white washed walls and bright blue roofs of homes in Santorini is one. The expansive aqua-blue sea and pink sand of Elafonisi is another. Donkeys carrying satchels of whatever the mountainous village has to offer. The Acropolis at night. The sunset in Meteora . The dozens of octopus hanging and drying in the sun as if they were freshly laundered button-downs, while the fishermen look on and nearby psarotaverna (fish tavern) patrons rest assured that the menu is certainly fresh.

Continue reading “Octopus and pasta”