Hello hello hello..So this week, I tried to do something different. I thought about how much we all spend on eating out and was wondering if I could come up with an economical yet healthy and also easy to cook option for your meal. And voila…here I am sharing this idea with you. I came up with a Greek Lunch idea for this theme which will cost you $10 to put together. This dish is essentially inspired by Green Kitchen Travels book. In the book they served this dish with Quinoa dolmades with greek salad. But I used store bought regular dolmades and put it together with homemade greek salad. You can buy either veg/meat dolmades based on your diet preferences.
For those of you who are new to greek cooking, Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes common in the Middle East and surrounding regions including the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia, Central Asia. Common vegetables to stuff include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. If you are interested, feel free to replace the dolmades with kibbeh/stuffed kusa or stuffed cabbage rolls. It also depends on what is available in your middle eastern store.
This is a healthy and filling meal option that I often refer to. I put together this dish under $10 with mixed olives, greek feta, cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, dolmades and some spices from home. With this dish I tried to bring together all the flavors and colors of spring. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did 🙂
For the Greek Lunch: Serves 2
- 1/2 lb Mixed olives – $2.54
- 1/2 lb Greek Feta – $2.50
- 1 cucumber – 59c
- 2-3 heirloom tomatoes – $1.5
- 10pcs Dolmades – $3
- 1 small red onion sliced into rings
- good quality olive oil for the drizzle
- Herb Seasoning (If you have oregano or any pizza seasoning you can use that instead of buying)
- Divide the ingredients among two plates drizzle olive oil on top of feta and sprinkle the herb seasoning.
- Enjoy with a glass of wine.