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Pineapple Fried Rice

Greek food is great. And Greeks love Greek food. Besides in major cities like Athens and Thessaloniki, it is nearly impossible to find any variety of ethnic food, except for pizza of course. No chinese, no thai, no mexican, no indian. I have been lucky and gotten to travel a lot and I have tasted some really delicious ethnic foods – not all of them are “authentic” but I not only enjoy the variety, I crave for it. I love spicy foods – you know the kind that you can’t stop eating because your mouth only gets hotter?! Thankfully my husband loves spicy food too. Sometimes he will sit and eat chips and salsa while sweating because there are too many jalapenos.

Spanakorizo

Spinach with rice and fresh lemon squeezed on top . . . mmmmm! Heart healthy and oh so delicious. 
spanikorizo plate Spanakorizo
I would definitely rank this towards the top of Greek meals that are common in any family home. This is a quick, no hassle, filling, and wonderful meal to have any day of the week. Especially during Lent, this is a perfect dinner, just leave off the feta!
If you like spinach, you are sure to love this go to recipe. Boost up the fiber by using brown rice and if available always use fresh spinach! 
spinach rice Spanakorizo
Spinach Rice aka Spanakorizo Recipe: Serves 2-4
1 1/2 – 2 lbs. fresh spinach or 1-2 cups frozen spinach
7 Tbs. EVOO
1 large white onion, chopped
juice of 2 lemons
2/3 cup of hot water 

1/2 cup long grain rice*
2-3 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
salt and pepper

Brown Rice Pudding

Rizogalo me mavro rizi. 
Rice Pudding w1 Brown Rice Pudding
Everything about this is says Greek to me because Greece was the first place I tried Rizogalo. It was actually in my mother-in-law’s kitchen when V and I were still dating at the time. His parents speak Greek. Did I mention that they speak only Greek! And I do not speak Greek, well, I am trying to learn (teaching myself), but I would say that I am far from fluent. Anyway, back to the amazing rice pudding. I have typically only been fond of rice in Chinese food or maybe with Poppyseed Chicken, so I was a little hesitant when handed a small dish of what V explained to me was rice and milk. Normally, I wouldn’t have chosen such a dessert, but the two things this sweet had going for it were: 1) it was topped with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon; I am in love with all things cinnamon; 2) it was made by my mother-in-law, who is to this day, the best Greek cook I know! Anything she touches turns to gold, or should I say silver since that is her name’s meaning in Greek! And once again she won my approval, the rice pudding soon became a treat that I would enjoy frequently! This is a very popular dessert here in Greece, you can find it at any zaxaroplastio (sweet shop) and even at restaurants and tavernas served as complimentary sweet.  
Rice Pudding w Brown Rice Pudding

I would like to introduce you to brown rice pudding, Rizogalo is usually made with white rice, but this recipe was made using brown rice. More fiber, a more dense and chewy bite, and all around a more wholesome flavor.

Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)

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