MEDITERRANEAN STATE OF MIND

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greece 2 Dear Diary,

I spent this week reminiscing about Greece.  It’s my favorite place in the entire world, thanks to my best friend who spoiled me with the most ultimate vacations on her home island.  For those of you fortunate enough to have spent time in the Greek isles, I know you understand… there’s nothing more surreal and tranquil than being on a remote island with some of the best and warm people you can find on this earth.  And there is nothing more delicious and satisfying than a fresh mediterranean feast!  I wish I could go back this second!!! But unfortunately, I’m too broke to be traveling anywhere abroad this summer, so my own recreation of mediterranean classics will have to do!

California is kind of like Greece… except the water isn’t as warm, the culture is not quite as charming… ugh, let’s face it– the only thing california and the mediterranean have in common is the serene landscape, but you know what, I’ll take it!  California is full of consciously healthy eaters, and while in Greece they may not be quite as aware of the latest health trends, they’re diet is so naturally healthy, they don’t even have to stress… so if the greeks aren’t stressin’ neither will I.  I can have my cake and eat it too– or more like, eat exactly what I want, and not worry about it!  That’s the beauty of the mediterranean diet, it’s real food, cooked right!  Here’s what I’m making:

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quinoa tabbouleh:

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1 cucumber sliced into cubes

bundle of green onions

bundle of radishes

4 tomatoes

bundle of parsley

lemon juice/salt/pepper/olive oil to taste

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 simple greek meatballs with greek yogurt, whole wheat pita & cucumber salad

bake meatballs in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes

1 lb. of organic meat

salt/pepper

chopped white onion, 4 cloves of garlic sauteed in olive oil until caramelized

1 egg

1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs (flax seeds are a great alternative ;))

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nutritious & delicious, yes please!!

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Summer is made for new adventures, traveling, and experiencing something new! To get you in the spirit– here’s a taste of Greece for you!

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and yes… this is me and my girl swimming in the middle of the aegean sea… that’s right!

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here’s another picture of one of the islands many amazing beaches…

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… and a view from the top of the island at my friend’s beautiful home… does it get any better!?  Have a greek feast and let’s dream the afternoon away!

 

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  1. I’ve never been to Greece but I hope to get there some day soon! We love eating Mediterranean style in our house. it’s the BEST!

  2. Johnna Green says:

    Greece is one of my favorite places to. My closest Armenian friend recently came over and taught us how to make a Mediterranean Feast- Here is the link to all of her family recipes http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/2014/06/03/supper-club-recipes-for-a-mediterranean-feast/

  3. Teddygirl says:

    your recipe was a little confusing lol what’s the sauce under the meatballs? is it just yogurt?

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