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Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

Recipe: Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 to 1 1/4 lbs. medium sized raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Pinch of salt, more to taste
  • Pinch black pepper, more to taste
  • 3 oz. feta cheese (about 2/3 cup, crumbled)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat oil in a large, oven-proof skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds more.
  2. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer, reduce heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the juices thicken a bit.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in the herbs, shrimp, feta cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Place pan in oven and bake, uncovered, until shrimp are cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately. Serve with crusty French or Italian loaf bread, pasta, or rice.

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Orzo with Lamb, Olives & Feta

Recipe: Orzo with Lamb, Olives & Feta

Sure, orzo is good in soup, but there’s no need to stop there. Here it’s a base for a bold blend of spices, tomato sauce and flavorful ground lamb. The optional pinch of crushed red pepper will add the heat that many crave.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces lean ground lamb, or ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary, or oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, (optional)
  • 1 14-ounce can whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, pitted black olives
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces orzo
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.
  2. Cook lamb (or beef) in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain in a sieve set over a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, cinnamon, rosemary (or oregano) and crushed red pepper, if using; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add lamb (or beef).
  4. Puree tomatoes and their juices in a food processor until smooth. Add to the meat mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in olives. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, cook orzo until just tender, about 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and toss with the sauce. Serve garnished with feta.

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

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Greek Ziti with Lamb Ragù

Recipe: Greek Ziti with Lamb Ragù

This meal is so rich it could feed a small Greek army, and it’s special enough for festive gatherings of family or friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • Fine sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano or marjoram, leaves finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 small red chile pepper, such as fresno or cherry, finely chopped
  • About 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • A small handful pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped, or 2 tablespoons black olive tapenade
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • A few grates fresh nutmeg
  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1/2 pound brick greek feta cheese, drained and finely crumbled
  • A handful each flat-leaf parsley and fresh mint, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over high heat. Add the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, and the lamb; brown the lamb, caramelizing the meat to deep brown. Add lots of black pepper, sea salt, the oregano (or marjoram for a milder taste), garlic, onion, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and chile pepper and cook for 7 to 8 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the tomato paste and olives (or tapenade) and stir for 30 seconds. Add the wine and deglaze the pan; add the milk and reduce the heat to a simmer. Add nutmeg to taste and simmer the ragù while you cook the pasta.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the hot pot with half of the finely crumbled feta. Discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Add the ragù to the ziti and stir, adding in the pasta cooking water as necessary to move the heavy ragù around the pasta. Serve in shallow bowls topped with the remaining feta and the finely chopped parsley and mint.

Cooking time (duration): 30 min

Number of servings (yield): 6

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Mediterranean Chicken Couscous

Mediterranean Chicken Couscous

Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Couscous

No pots and pans are required for this easy, no-mess Mediterranean recipe. Simply use a glass measuring cup to heat the broth in the microwave, place dry couscous in the serving bowl, and then add the broth. Once the remaining ingredients are stirred in, the dish is ready to serve.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 (5.6-ounce) package toasted pine nut couscous mix
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken (about 1 rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Heat broth and seasoning packet from couscous in the microwave on HIGH for 3 to 5 minutes or until broth begins to boil. Place couscous in a large bowl, and stir in broth mixture. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Fluff couscous with a fork; stir in chicken and next 6 ingredients. Serve warm or cold. Garnish, if desired.

Personal Notes

Tip: You’ll need to buy a 2/3-ounce package of fresh basil and 1 rotisserie chicken to get the right amount of basil and chicken for this recipe. Substitute 4 teaspoons of dried basil if you can’t find fresh.

Cooking time (duration): 25 min

Number of servings (yield): 8

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Greek Bison Burgers

Greek Bison Burgers

Recipe: Greek Bison Burgers

Feta and spinach not only add great flavor to these Greek-inspired burgers, but also provide moisture and texture to lean ground bison. The yogurt sauce is a perfect condiment, with much less fat than regular mayonnaise.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 1/2 cup cooked spinach, squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, preferably sheep’s-milk
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Yogurt Sauce

  • 3/4 cup nonfat or low-fat Greek-style plain yogurt, (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Bun & Toppings

  • 4 French rolls, or 4-inch pieces of baguette, preferably whole-wheat, split and toasted
  • 16 thin slices English cucumber
  • 8 slices vine-ripened tomato
  • 4 thin round slices red onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Place bison, spinach, feta, 2 teaspoons dill, oregano, cumin, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large mixing bowl. Gently combine without overmixing. Form into 4 oval-shaped patties roughly the size of the rolls.
  3. Oil the grill rack (see Tip, below). Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 155°F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  4. To prepare yogurt sauce: Combine yogurt, lemon zest and juice, 1 teaspoon dill and mint in a small bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Assemble the burgers on rolls with the yogurt sauce, cucumber, tomato and onion.

Cooking time (duration): 45 min

Number of servings (yield): 4

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Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole

Swiss Chard Spanakopita CasseroleRecipe: Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole

This is a casserole version of the classic individual pastries. It’s much quicker to assemble with less fuss, and it’s just as tasty.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 cups minced white onion
  • 3/4 cup minced green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 9 cups chopped trimmed Swiss chard (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 12 (9 x 14-inch) sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add white onion; sauté 7 minutes or until golden. Add green onions and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in chard; cook until chard wilts. If your skillet it too small, add chard in batches and cover, adding more chard as the chard in the skillet reduces.  Stir in parsley and mint, and cook 1 minute. Place in a large bowl; cool slightly. Stir in cheeses, salt, pepper, and egg whites.
  3. Place 1 phyllo sheet in 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray and coat with cooking spray. Top with 1 phyllo sheet, and coat with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with 4 additional sheets.
  4. Spread the chard mixture evenly over phyllo.
  5. Place 1 phyllo sheet over chard mixture and coat with cooking spray. Top with 1 phyllo sheet, and coat with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining phyllo sheets. Coat with cooking spray. Score phyllo by making 2 lengthwise cuts and 3 crosswise cuts to form 12 rectangles. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until golden.

Personal Notes

Note: Cut the phyllo stacks so they fit in and up the long side of the baking dish. Arrange folded section against short edges of dish to encase filling.

Number of servings (yield): 12

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