Heat the vinegar mixture. In a small saucepan, stir together the vinegar, water, salt and your desired amount of sweetener. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a simmer. (Or alternately, you can heat the mixture in the microwave.)
Combine in a jar. Place the thinly-sliced onions in a large mason jar. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the onions, screw on the lid, and shake the onions briefly until they are evenly coated with the vinegar mixture.
Marinate. Let the onions marinate for 30 minutes. (You may need to press the onions down with a spoon so that they are all submerged under the vinegar mixture.)
Serve. Serve immediately, or refrigerate the onions in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
1 tsp. dried oregano, rubbed between palm of hands
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 box of orzo, cooked according to package
2-3 TBSP butter
2 TBSP lemon juice
2-3 TBSP fresh dill, chopped
8 oz. feta cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
2 TBSP olive oil
Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, and red onion with Greek Salad Dressing.
Greek Salad Dressing:
1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
2 lemons juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 (to 1 1/2) tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
For the Meatballs: Preheat oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl, add all the meatball ingredients and mix to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; roll about 30 meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, turn meatballs over and bake for another 5 minutes.
For the Orzo: Bring a stockpot to boil, then add a generous amount of salt. Cook according to package, and then drain. Put cooked orzo back in pot, add the butter and stir until melted. Then add the lemon juice and dill.
For the Whipped Feta: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The feta can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
For the Salad Dressing: Add all ingredients to a jar with lid and shake to combine.
Assemble: On the plate or large bowl add a smear of whipped feta, then add orzo to overlap the feta, top the orzo and feta with the meatballs, then add the salad. Drizzle with the dressing.
Can easily make this vegetarian by swapping the meat for another can of beans. Also makes for a great taco salad.
1 1b. ground chicken, turkey, or beef
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
16 oz. jar of favorite salsa
1 15 oz. can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can of corn, drained and rinsed
Shredded cheese to your liking
Serve over rice with taco toppings (lettuce, tomato, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, etc.) or use as burrito filling
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; then add the ground meat and crumble. When meat is no longer pink, add cumin and chili powder and stir to combine; then add the salsa, beans, and corn and cook through. Toss in some shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted.
Serve with chips and taco toppings, serve over rice, or use as a burrito filling.
Israeli couscous has become a family favorite, so I subbed the quinoa for the Israeli couscous. You could also use bulgar, farro, couscous, etc.
Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.
1 1/2 c. water
1 c. Israeli couscous
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. olive oil
15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 English cucumber, diced
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/2 c. packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 c. loosely-packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 c. roasted salted pistachios, chopped
1/2 c. (2oz) crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 c. lemon juice (about 2-4 lemons)
1/2 c. olive oil
1 TBSP honey
Salt and pepper, to taste
Lemon Dressing: Add ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid, or small bowl, then shake or whisk to combine.
Couscous: Add water, salt, and olive oil to sauce pan and over medium high heat bring to a boil; once boiling, add the couscous and stir; then cover the sauce pan and lower the heat to simmer; simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer cooked couscous to a bowl.
Add dressing: Add about 1/8 c. of dressing to the slightly warm couscous and toss well to combine. Set aside (or refrigerate) to cool completely.
Salad: Add couscous to a large mixing bowl then add chickpeas through mint, and toss to combine. Add about 1/3 of the dressing and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Serve: Add mixed lettuce greens to a plate, top with a generous scoop of the couscous salad; sprinkle the pistachios and feta on top and drizzle with dressing.
Spicy mayo (see below) or Yum Yum Sauce (see below)
Spicy Mayo: 1/4 – 1/2 c. mayo plus 2-3 TBSP of sriracha, mix and adjust to your taste.
Yum Yum Sauce:1 c. mayo, 1-3 TBSP sugar, 3 TBSP rice wine vinegar, 3/4 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and sriracha, if desired; mix and adjust to your taste.
Tofu: prepare Crispy Baked Tofu and then toss with teriyaki sauce (if you want a thicker sauce, simmer the sauce for a few minutes before tossing with the tofu).
Rice: prepare rice according to package.
Edamame: prepare edamame according to package.
Assemble: in a bowl/plate, add mixed lettuce and rice; top with tofu, edamame, cucumber, jalapeno, avocado, crunchy onions, and add spicy mayo or yum yum sauce and top with additional sriracha, if desired.