Thinking about summer

We took a trip towards the sun that invokes nostalgia for for the Mediterranean…

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Our dears, finally the sun… the lightness of air, serenity and awakening. We can smell the sea, soon… wishing for a healthier and happier way of life. So we decided for a light Sunday lunch filled with colours, flavours and healthy ingredients, we need a flavored detox. Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet, preserving heart and blood vessels. And we have to take care of our hearts, right? The simplest way to present the Mediterranean diet is through flavours and scents which permeate this kind of cooking. We got drawn to Greece this time, but it’s all variations to the theme…

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We made a divine salad and a light dessert for the soul…

GREEK ORZO SALAD (Yield: About 6 servings)

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1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/4 cups (8 oz) dry orzo
1 cup (5 oz) crumbled feta
1 medium English cucumber, diced
1 (10.5 oz) pkg. grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives or 3/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped red onion, rinsed under water to removed harsh bite
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In a jar mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste (don’t add too much salt because the feta and kalamata olives are pretty salty), set aside.
Cook orzo according to directions listed on package. Drain and let cool (about 5 minutes. They’ll start to stick to each other a bit but that’s fine the dressing will break it up).
Add all of the salad ingredients, including cooked orzo, to a large bowl and toss. Pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Store in refrigerator, serve within a few hours for best results.

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This is a perfect dessert when you want to eat something light, sweet and delicious. All of the amounts are exactly how you want them to be and you’ll need:

Greek yogurt
Crushed biscuits

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Simply put yogurt in bowls, then walnuts, drip some honey and add the crushed biscuits. Ready in no time. Enjoy!

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Yours M & M