It’s all Greek to Me as Spring Blossoms

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With springtime comes lighter, fresher fare featuring seasonal ingredients. A Greek-influenced dinner works well as a warm weather meal.

Although it’s been a bumpy ride toward the end of winter, with Mother Nature teasing us a few times since the Equinox, it looks as if spring has finally arrived.
With it comes lighter, fresher fare featuring seasonal ingredients. A Greek-influenced dinner works well as a warm weather meal.
The dishes here comprise the main meal: fish, rice, salad and vegetable. The tzatziki “salad” makes it a dairy meal, but you can certainly swap that dish out in favor of a pareve option if that suits your needs. For dessert, keep it simple. Scoop some vanilla ice cream or sorbet and top it with sliced local strawberries and whipped cream (or not).
And if you want to try these for Pesach, make sure you use kosher-for-Passover ingredients.
Lemon Dill Roasted Cod
2 lbs. cod filet (or other flaky, white fish)
½ preserved lemon, coarsely chopped
(or zest of
½ lemon and
juice of whole
lemon)
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 Tbsps. olive oil
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place cod in glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes, or until fish flakes and it completely opaque throughout.
Serves 4
Quinoa with Olives
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ tsp. salt
½ cup olives, chopped coarsely, with juice. (Be sure to use pitted olives; any type will do)
Mix all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to boil.
Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until all water is absorbed. Let sit covered for five minutes before serving, then fluff with a fork and enjoy.
Serves 4
Tzatziki
2 cups plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cucumber, peeled and grated
½ cup chopped, fresh dill
juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
Mix all ingredients. This is best made at least an hour ahead, and it keeps for about a week in the fridge.
Roasted Snow Peas
1 lb. snow peas
2 Tbsps. olive oil
¾ tsp. coarse salt
freshly ground pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread snow peas on cooking tray and toss with oil, salt and pepper.
Roast in oven for about 30 minutes, until peas are beginning to char.
Serves 4 

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