Monday, April 7, 2008

Improve Your Heart Health - With Greek Food

Yes , I need to eat

Greek Food!!!!

Greek Recipe:

Lamb Souvlaki Skewers '

Total time: 15 Minutes
Preperation time: Few Minutes
Marinate time: 3 hours
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Very easy

chefs' Note:

-Serve in pito bread with slices of tomato & onion

- The best side sauce is unquestionably



750gm. ( 1 lb. ) boneless lamb or shoulder , cut into 4 cm. ( 1 and a half cubes)

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tblespoons white wine

1 clove garlic - crushed

1 fresh branch rosemary

1 teaspoon salt

a pinch of oregano

ground pepper to taste


Combine spices, wine and oil, brush on cubes of meat on all surfaces with mixture

Marinate : 3 hours

Assemble the skewers' : grill 5 minutes, turn once and cook another 5 minutes.

Tzatziki sauce

Preparation time: 15 minute s & 2 hours refrigeration

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves 6


Chilled yoghurt dip - highly flavored with garlic

3 large cucumbers,-coarsely grated

500 g. thick natural yogburt

3 cloves garlic, - crushed

1 teaspoon, - finely chopped fresh dill

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper,- to taste

2 pitta breads

2 tablspoons olive oil,- extra

1. Line a fine strainer with cheesecloth. Spoon cucumber into strainer, cover with cloth to enclose.

2. Press and squeeze firmly to remove the moisture from the cucumber. Place cucumber into mixing bowl.

3. Add Yogurt, garlic,dill and oil: mix well. Season to tast. Cover with plastic wrap: refrigerate: 2 hours or overnight.

4. Preheat oven ; to moderate 180*C.

Cut through centre of pitta breads with sharo knife.

Brush rough side with oil. cut each round into 8 wedges.

Bake bread on ungreased tray 20 minutes or until crisp.

Serve cool with chilled Tzatziki

Improve Your Heart Health - With Greek Food

-Use olive oil

Olive oil is one of the healthy fats, meaning it's a monousaturated fat. This type of fat can ACTUALLY LOWER the LDL( " bad " ) CHOLESTREROL and in 2004, the FDA recognized clain that replacing other fats with olive oil can help reduce heart disease risk.

- Use barley

Increase Barley Products ( and other whole Grains ) can help reduce heart disese risk.

- also reduces the risk of coronary disease.

- pick in the wild and those we buy greens contain lutein, known to prevent clogged arteries.

- Legumes are that group of beans, peas & lentils that are high in fiber and combate heart disease. The Cretan ( and Greek ) diet is filled with fabulos dishes using many vaietis of legumes.

- Keep it Natural- use freshingrediants and doing the least possible to it. Sticking with foods that are recognizable in their originalform is the key.

-Greeks also use fish & Meats in small quantities and less frequently. We also incorporate grlic and onions as well.

Thank You , Nancy Galfyllia