Thursday, October 1, 2009

Going Greek

Some weeks I try and have a different type of cuisine each night. We really try not to have two Mexican meals in one week etc. Last week I decided we needed a Greek meal. I found a delicious looking recipe for pork chops and I also found a semi healthy recipe for a green bean salad with feta cheese.

Green Bean, Walnut and Feta Salad
(Adapted from Southern Living)

2 tbsp coarsely chopped walnuts
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
1 clove minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2.5 handfuls fresh green beans
1/4 small purple onion thinly sliced
3 tbsp package feta cheese crumbled

Toast walnuts in a pan on the stove over low heat.

Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, dill, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Trim ends of green beans. Arrange the beans in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam until crisp tender (approximately 15 minutes.) Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Pat dry.

Toss together beans, walnuts and onions in a serving dish. Crumble the feta cheese over the top. Cover and refrigerate.

One hour before serving, pour prepared dressing over bean mixture. Toss thoroughly just before serving.

Grilled Marinated Pork Chops
(From Kalyn's Kitchen)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine ingredients for marinade. Marinate pork chops and cook on grill or indoors using grill pan.

The whole thing was just delicious!

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