Easy roasted potatoes make a perfect side dish.
Sometimes we spend so much time, and focus so much attention on the centerpiece of a meal that the sides take a back seat. We get it. One can get excited over a gorgeous maple glazed smoked ham, perfectly marinated souvlaki or a show-stopping prime rib roast. But guys, there is enough food excitement to go around! Sides are like the must-have accessories that take a simple black dress from wow, to WOW.
In terms of sides, there is probably no ingredient more relied on than the humble potato. Sure, broccoli is great (yes, it is great!) and rice is lovely, but potatoes are unbeatable. Talk about versatility! Whether mashed, fried, roasted or boiled, potatoes are everyone’s favourite – unless you hate potatoes in which case don’t waste your time here – hop on over to this page.
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A one skillet meal of shrimp and rice full of vegetables and herbs.
Γαρίδες με ρύζι. We love shrimp. They are up there with eggs as an ingredient we always want to have on hand. Eggs and shrimp are building blocks upon which great, quick meals are made. It may not seem obvious, but a bag of shrimp in the freezer means you are only a quick defrost away from a meal that can be fancy enough for company, and simple enough to serve one in front of the television, watching Netflix. Shrimp are there for all occasions.
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A complete vegan meal. Sheet pan quesadilla layered with sweet potato, black beans, corn, salsa and brown rice.
We’re hooked on the idea of sheet pan quesadillas. Consider this fair warning, you are going to be seeing many variations on this theme. Our obsession started with our sheet pan spanakopita quesadilla (which is divine!!) and has now extended to this vegan meal. Sweet potato and black bean sheet pan quesadilla is our latest new favourite thing!
It is hard not to love a meal like our sweet potato and black bean sheet pan quesadilla. It is easy (there are a few steps, but none of them complicated), nutritious, budget-friendly and vegan. That last one is important because it allows someone following a plant-based diet to dine with carnivores while they all eat the same thing, and are happy doing so. We have yet to meet a meat eater who found this recipe lacking. It’s just that good!
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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.
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Our 2022 Tyrini (Cheesefare) Week Meal Plan to take you from Cheesefare Monday to Forgiveness Sunday.
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Tyrini Week (also known as Cheesefare week – Tyri means cheese in Greek) is the last week of Apokreas or Carnivale before the start of Great Lent, which begins on Kathara Deftera (Clean or Ash Monday). Although all food except for red meat and chicken are permitted during this week, there is a special emphasis on dairy and cheese. This is helpful because it offers an opportunity to use up any products you already have in your refrigerator so that they don’t spoil. It’s also an opportunity to gorge on feta, which is usually sorely missed during Great Lent.
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A vegan tray bake made of spaghetti squash topped with a variety of roasted vegetables.
We’re relatively new to the world of spaghetti squash. This is not a gourd we grew up with and when we first showed it to our parents their only question was, “Will it make a good pita?”. Greeks like our parents love using squash to make things like pita and fritters, not as substitutes for pasta.
We love spaghetti squash! It’s not that we are trying to cut out carbs (we live for bread), but we genuinely love the way it tastes. We also love how magical it is to see a once solid vegetable transform into delicate strands of golden yellow. One of our favourite ways to serve spaghetti squash is topped with roasted vegetables. This makes a perfect light meal, but also works as the side to something like grilled salmon or steak. Or, you can keep your meal vegan by serving the spaghetti squash and roasted vegetables with some chickpea fritters
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A delicious plant-based salad starring roasted cauliflower, chopped kale and with a wonderful vinaigrette
Do you have people in your life that hate cauliflower? Despise kale? Shun away from salad on most days? Then this is the recipe for them! Our intention is not to sound flippant. On the contrary, with all due respect, we think you should serve our roasted cauliflower and kale salad to these cauliflower, kale and salad haters. It’s fun to see their face transform from cringe to shock as they take a bite and realize that cauliflower, kale and salad aren’t that bad after all.
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A delicious and beautiful side salad made with red cabbage and apple.
We’re only a few days into January and we’re already exhausted by the fact that we’ve got so much riding on this year. In addition to all our work, blog, and family goals, we have our own personal goals too. We join the masses who, when the clock chimes midnight, commit to healthier living. We’re not unhealthy in general. We don’t smoke, we don’t drink excessively, we don’t eat dessert every day…but we know we can do better. Maybe we could take the stairs instead of the elevator. Maybe, when we finally get into bed, we can go to sleep instead of scrolling through Instagram. Maybe when we eat koulourakia, we can stop at two instead of seven. Or maybe, if we eat more salad, we don’t have to do any of that!
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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!
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A healthy and vegan banana bread made with dates and sweetened with molasses
This healthy banana bread sweetened with molasses and dates is guaranteed to become your new go-to banana bread. It is so full of goodness that you will likely jump to correct anyone who wants to call it a cake. Made with a combination of regular all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour, sweetened with a bit of molasses and studded with beautiful Medjool dates, this healthy banana bread is perfect for breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, and it is the perfect bit of sweetness to accompany your late evening cup of chamomile tea.
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