Monday, April 18, 2011

It's All Greek To Me

It has been a long, long couple of weeks of school play preparation, dress rehearsals, make-up applications and just plain running around like a crazy person.
The thing that sticks with me most after all of this?

Is that I have got to take better care of myself, including eating more healthfully and getting regular exercise.  Because at the end of this two week activity sprint?  I am worn out.

And no amount of extra sleep appears to be helping me to bounce back as yet.

It is amazing how much punishment you can heap on your body when you are younger and in better shape, and how the same amount of activity and exhaustion can nearly sideline you as you get older.  I woke up this morning feeling about 800 years old.  This cannot be how I live the rest of my life, because I refuse to just curl up and do nothing -- activity needs to be something I can do.  But in order to be smart about it, given the autoimmune issues in play for me, I need to make healthy choices every day that minimize and heal instead of make things worse.  (Let's just say that last week's pepperoni roll grab for lunch for everyone was not one of my best moments and leave it at that.)

So today?  I'm going to take a peek at some healthy recipes from a cuisine that is said to be very anti-inflammatory and healthful, so long as you choose your meals from it wisely and so long as they include lots of veggies, herbs, lean meats and olive oil with the emphasis on the veggies, veggies and more veggies.

Let's talk Greek, shall we?

Here are just a few of the healthy recipes I've been perusing:

-- Greek Isle Chicken
-- Easy Greek Chicken Casserole
-- Skillet Chicken Souvlaki
-- Quick Avgolemono Chicken, Orzo and Lemon Soup
-- Greek Chicken and Barley Salad
-- Herbed Greek Chicken Salad
-- Chicken Oreganata
-- Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breasts
-- Greek Salad
-- Greens and Cheese Pie (Hortopita)
-- Aegean Lamb with Orzo
-- Greek-Style Lemon Potatoes
-- Lamb Moussaka
-- Greek Dinner Salad
-- Greek Feta Burgers
-- Rosemary Lamb Pita
-- Pasta Skillet with Tomatoes and Beans
-- Hummus Pitas with Feta-Olive Salsa
-- Spicy White Bean Dip
-- Mini Spanikopitas
-- Fashoulakia (Greek Green Beans and Tomatoes)
-- Feta-Spinach Tarts
-- Greek Cucumber Salad
-- Leeks a la Greque (Technically, this is probably a French recipe, but it is delish and full of healthy veggies, so I'm including it anyway.)
-- Greek Greens and Sweet Onion Pie
-- Greek-Style Stuffed Eggplant
-- Greek Salad With Sardines For Two
-- Chopped Greek Salad With Chicken
-- Greek Omelet
-- Greek Diner Salad
-- Greek Orzo-Stuffed Peppers
-- Greek Revival Salad
-- Greek Lemon-Pepper Marinade
-- Greek Tomato Sauce
-- Greek Potato And Feta Omelet
-- Roasted Eggplant and Feta Dip
-- Shrimp Saganaki
-- Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad For Two
-- Greek Salad With Baked Pita
-- Spanikopita Casserole
-- Cheese and Pepper Dip (Htipiti)
-- Potato Garlic Dip (Skordalia)
-- Moussaka
-- Phyllo Bites
-- Eggplant Dip (Melazanosalata)
-- Greens and Tomato Gratin
-- Zucchini and Feta Gratin
-- Pasta with Uncooked Cherry Tomatoes and Herbs

(Photo of a lovely church on Santorini via Darkb4Dawn.  Just beautiful -- like a vacation in a snapshot, isn't it?)

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