When we think of Greece, we have fond memories of fun family holidays spent enjoying the sunshine and traditional Greek cuisine
Sloped buildings surrounded by the clear blue Mediterranean Sea; lounging in the sun with the water at the tips of your toes whilst the kids have fun in the pool... Failing that, add a little bit of Greek into your kitchen without stepping through the front door with some simple Greek recipes.
Not only is Greek food delicious, it can be healthy too - despite its heavy use of olive oil. Roasted vegetables, olives, cheeses and fruits make up some of the healthy balanced staple foods used in Greek food which is a great option for quick hearty but healthy midweek meals for the family.
Steeped in history; Greece is renowned for its cultured cuisine which has evolved over the centuries. Greek food, like many other Mediterranean cuisines, uses an abundance of flavourings in its food. Some of which include oregano, mint, garlic, onion and dill plus herbs such as basil, thyme and fennel seed. Buying these staple flavourings and adding it to any hearty meal will give your dish an added flavour of the Mediterranean.
We understand the pressure you’re under to come up with new foodie ideas and cooking family meals can sometimes take its toll, so if you’re stuck for ideas take some inspiration from the beautiful country of Greece and its flavoursome hearty foods.
We’ve put together some simple Greek recipes you can prepare, batch cook and eat on a few evenings in the week when you’re busy with family life.
Our favourite is the famous Greek salad, the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Full of flavour plus those all-important nutrients; add a generous portion of Greek salad to your meal and you can’t go wrong. Why not serve it with a homemade lamb burger too!
Moussaka is found in various forms throughout the Mediterranean, however the iconic dish of laying minced meat, sautéed aubergine, pureed tomato and lashings of herbs and spices originated in Greece.
Moussaka is perfect for batch cooking; double all of the ingredients and make two at the same time. Then freeze the second portion and re-heat on another day; perfect for a mid-week family meal.
Crispy Greek-style pie
Vegetables and cheese are key elements to the Greek diet.
Feta cheese, which is commonly used in a wide variety of Greek meals is iconic to this beautiful country – it tastes great too.
Greek vegetable kebabs
These colourful tasty kebabs are a fun way to get the kids involved in cooking and they’re healthy too.
Either cook on the BBQ for a smoky flavour, or use a skillet or frying pan to easily control the char-grilled effect.
Now it's your turn...
Why not choose a day of the week to try out a Greek meal; easy to make, perfect for families, great for batch-cooking and super tasty.
Preparing this type of food is also a great opportunity to get a helping hand from your kids; making meal times easier for the whole family.
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