One Pot Monday Presents: Kolokithokeftedes! (AKA Greek Zucchini Fritters)

ImageImageSince returning from my overseas adventures, I’ve slowly gotten back into the swing of things. I have noticed that I am cooking more Mediterranean-themed meals, however, hoping to hold onto my Cyprus summer memories just a little bit longer through my cooking: yet another magical quality of food. So, in keeping with this “not wanting to let go of summer” theme, I present to you: My version of squash patties, or “kolokithokeftedes”.  These are also “One-Pot”, so a great One-pot Monday meal as well. Just make sure to use the freshest ingredients possible, as usual, to do these babies the justice they deserve. I actually remember making some version of these at the beach house in Cyprus, after plucking a few stolen zucchini from the farm next door. One bite, and you will be transported to a Mediterranean island far, far away.




1.5 lbs zucchini squash, grated

1 large egg

¼ cup olive oil

1 ½ tsp salt

1 tsp freshly cracked pepper

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp fresh thyme

1 heaping tablespoon of freshly minced mint

¼ cup parmesan cheese

 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

¼ cup bread crumbs

½ cup grated yellow onion

zest of 1 large lemon


½ cup of flour, for coating

1 tsp lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving


The instructions are easy. Just mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Form the patties at your desired size.

In a large frying pan, heat up 4 tbs olive oil over medium high heat.

Right before placing patties in the pan, coat each side with flour in a shallow plate.

Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat in batches 

As soon as they come out, season with extra salt and lemon juice.

These are really good with tzatziki sauce or hummus on the side.





One-Pot Monday presents: Mama D’s Mushroom Risotto


This risotto is one of my favorite one-pot meals to make, because it’s SO EASY, and you would never guess that there weren’t a million steps involved to create such flavors.  Whenever I go out to a new fancy restaurant and spot a mushroom risotto dish on the menu, I always have to compare it to my mom’s version. And, usually, it never really matches her simple, yet satisfying version. It can very well serve as a stand-alone meal with a little simple side salad, or it’s a really great side dish to serve with a main course. One thing to keep in mind when you are cooking with very few ingredients is that the ingredients have to speak for themselves and really shine, so the fresher and more high quality the ingredients, the better your end product will be! That being said, I’ve even brought this dish to a Pot Luck or two, and gotten rave reviews…Mama D really nailed it with this one!

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Easy Shiitake Asparagus Couscous


Hello beautiful. It’s been a while. With the wedding almost two weeks away now, and moving to a new house THIS weekend!!!, I haven’t had much time for blogging. However, I DID receive this gorgeous food photography book from some sweet friends for my birthday, and I can’t wait to utilize its techniques for this blog after the wedding. Once everything is settled and the wedding is over, I look forward to blogging multiple times a week again. For now, I wanted to post a quick and easy recipe for just these times in your life, when cooking may seem like the last thing you even have time for, but know you can’t eat out every night of the week. My shiitake and asparagus couscous is a great side dish, but can also work as a main with a little side salad. You could add a little grilled chicken in the mix as well. My recipes are all about giving you ideas on what to make for dinner, where you can make your own adaptations or versions. This is what I refer to my stack of cookbooks for: inspiration. On that note, I hope this recipe inspires you, and I promise I will post a LOT more in a couple of weeks after all this excitement 🙂 Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

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Go for the Bubble Tea, Stay for the Buns… Veggie Heaven Review | Austin, TX


As a student at the University of Texas, I remember walking by this tiny little restaurant nearly every day, the garlicky smells flirting with my nose buds (nose buds are real, right?) until my friend Amaranta eventually coaxed me inside after having tried it and fallen in love herself. Walking in, I discovered the place really IS tiny, with funny little lucky cat decorations and wood paneling on the walls. But the smell!! I knew if the food was as good as it smells, this was the beginning of something beautiful. And it was love at first bite. I can’t remember exactly what I ordered that day, but I CAN attest that every dish I tried after that was just as amazing as the first.  

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Greek-Style Lentil Stew


Hi all! I took this week to do a little plotting on how to better organize my blog so that my readers could enjoy every post that much more…After some consideration, I’ve decided to do a few “theme” days throughout the week, to give you guys something to look forward to. I’m going to kick off the week with One-Pot Mondays. After going out all weekend, the last thing any of us want to do is spend even MORE money come Monday, but we also may not necessarily want to put too much effort into cooking.  I figure Mondays are a good day for one-pot or very simple meals that don’t require a lot of planning ahead or thinking too much, but will still save us the guilt of eating out again after playing all weekend.

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