Appetizers

Authentic Greek Dolmades

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Well I've got to say I am excited for Greek Fest this weekend, here are more traditional greek recipes, but a healthier version. My Greek stepfather's favorite was dolmades, (stuffed grape leaves) and I remember my mother in the kitchen making them, enjoy!

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1/2 cup pine nuts
1 ½ cups long grain white rice
1 medium onion, minced
1/2 cup fresh minced dill
1/4 cup fresh minced mint
6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 3/4 cups vegetable broth (a yellow broth is best), divided
50 large grape leaves (fresh or jarred)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Fresh mint leaves, lemon slices, and olives (for garnish - optional) you may buy the jarred ones but fresh is the best tasting and more authentic!
You will also need
a medium pot, a sauté pan with high sides, a large pot, a plate
Pour the pine nuts into a skillet and lightly toast them over medium heat till golden brown. Reserve. Pour ¼ cup of olive oil into a medium pot and heat it over medium. Add minced onion to the pot and sauté...
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Nutritions

Calories
790

Sodium
436mg
18% DV

Fat
36g
56% DV

Protein
19g
38% DV

Carbs
95g
32% DV

Fiber
23g
94% DV

You can't beat the ease of this creamy and cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta for a 30-minute dinner that the whole family will love. Made-from-scratch skillet mac and cheese is tossed with kielbasa and tender broccoli florets so that you get an entire meal in one pan. This kid-friendly dish is perfect for busy weeknights!

2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 c chopped broccoli florets
1 T olive oil
13 oz smoked sausage ( such as kielbasa )
1/2 c finely diced onion
2 T butter
2 T all purpose flour
1 1/2 c half and half
8 oz sharp cheddar
4 oz smoked gouda
1/2 t dry mustard
Kosher salt and pepper
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  • Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. During the final 3 minutes of cooking time, add the broccoli florets to the boiling water with...
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Nutritions

Calories
756

Sodium
738mg
30% DV

Fat
39g
61% DV

Protein
31g
62% DV

Carbs
62g
21% DV

Fiber
4g
18% DV