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Arugula Tomato Salad With Fried Feta


4 tomatoes (sliced)

1 small red onion (thinly sliced)

2 cups fresh arugula (rinsed/dried)

1 small can pitted black olives (drained)

8 oz. feta cheese (cut into cubes)

1 egg

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

2 tbsp. olive oil


3 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon (juiced)

2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 1/2 tbsp. honey

pinch of black pepper


  1. Dip feta cheese cubes into egg and then bread crumbs.
  2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. olive oil. When heated, add feta cheese. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes each and remove from skillet.
  3. On a large platter, spread out arugula. Put tomatoes, red onions and olives on top. (See photo.)
  4. Mix salad dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.
  5. Top salad with fried feta.

Shrimp and Lentil Soup With Spinach



1 lb. small shrimp (cleaned and boiled)
1 cup dry lentils
2 medium sized carrots (diced)
2 medium sized celery stalks (diced)
1 medium size onion (diced)
3/4 lb. small red potatoes (cut into 1/2 in. pieces)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 16 oz. can of Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes
8 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cups fresh spinach
3 cups water
olive oil

1.   Boil shrimp for 5 minutes. Drain well and set to the side.
2.. In a 5 quart pot, add 3 tbs. of olive oil. Over a medium heat, warm oil and add carrots, celery and onion. Cook until tender and stir occasionally. Add garlic and stir until garlic browns. Add salt and pepper.
2. Stir in stewed tomatoes (with the liquid), lentils, chicken broth, potatoes, and water. Stir with spoon. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 50 minutes. While soup is simmering (about 25 minutes in) add boiled shrimp. Stir in spinach 3 minutes before done. Add a pinch of extra sea salt if needed.
Serve hot. Serves 4-6 people

Baked Salmon With Tomato Shrimp Salad




4   1/4 lb. pieces of salmon

3 vine tomatoes (cut into small pieces)

1/2 lb. uncooked small shrimp (tails removed)

1/4 cup red onion (sliced)

1 tbsp. fresh basil (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

olive oil

white balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. In a baking pan, coat the bottom of the pan with 2 tbsp. of olive oil.

2. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on pieces of salmon.

3. Bake in oven for about 18-20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile in a skillet, put 1 tbsp. of olive oil.

5. Cook shrimp for about 4-5 minutes.

6. In a bowl, put shrimp, tomatoes, red onion and basil. Sprinkle with a little sea salt.

7. Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil and 2 tbsp. of white balsamic vinegar. Mix well.

8. Serve salmon with side of shrimp and tomatoes.




1/2 lb. turkey (8-10 slices)

8 pieces cooked bacon

2 avocados (sliced)

2 tomatoes (sliced thin)

8 slices multigrain bread (toasted)

mayonnaise (optional)


On each sandwich (toasted bread) place 2 slices of turkey, 2 strips of cooked bacon, sliced tomato and avocado. (You can put mayonnaise on the sandwich, if you like.)
Makes 4 sandwiches.

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Cold Pasta Salad With Feta and Tomatoes


1 lb. pasta (shells)

1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup of feta cheese (cut in bite size pieces)

Pesto Recipe:

1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tbs minced garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Make pesto sauce and refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. Boil pasta to desired taste. (Drain well)
  3. Put pasta, tomatoes and feta cheese in a large bowl.
  4. Put about 1/4 cup of pesto sauce on top. (Mix well.) If you feel it needs more pest sauce add a little more.  (Refrigerate for 30 minutes for a cold pasta salad.)     *Pesto sauce can stay in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Roasted Parmesan Pesto Tomatoes



2 to 2 1/2 lbs large red tomatoes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tbs minced garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 cup  grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 4oo degrees.
1. Core the tomatoes and then slice them across ( in 1/2 inch-thick slices)

2. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano, 1 tsp. sea salt, and black pepper.

3. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, spread each slice with pesto, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

4. Return the tomatoes to the oven and continue baking for 7 to 10 minutes, until the Parmesan is melted and begins to brown. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving.

How To Make Pesto:
Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor . Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil, sea salt, and pepper. With food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use immediately.  You can store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top. Makes 4 cups.






2 cups of fresh spinach

2 ripe tomatoes (sliced)

2 avocados (sliced)

1 cup walnuts (chopped)

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Greek style dressing


1. On a platter place spinach. On top, place sliced tomatoes, avocados and walnuts.

2. In a small round skillet, put 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. It should coat the entire skillet. On a medium heat, cook for about 3 minutes and turn over. Cook for another 3 minutes. It will be bubbly while cooking. It will eventually crisp. You may have to turn it over twice. Let dry on paper towel. Continue 3 more times with 1/4 cup of cheese each time.

3. Drizzle a Greek style dressing on top.

4. Crumble crips cheese pieces on top.

Serves 4 as a first course or serves 2 for an entree.


Grilled Veggie Wrap




1 large eggplant (peeled and sliced thin)

2 zucchinis (peeled and sliced thin)

1 large beefsteak tomato (sliced thin)

1 small red onion (sliced thin)

1 cup of shredded lettuce

4 wraps (your choice)

olive oil

sea salt

black pepper


1. In a large skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. Cook eggplant, zucchini and red onions until tender. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and pepper when cooking.

2. When done, open up a wrap. Layer eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomato, and lettuce. Wrap tightly and cut in half. (see photo)

*You can put wrap in a preheated oven of 350 degrees to make hotter.



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1 lb. fresh escarole (rinsed, drained and chopped)
4 chicken cutlets
2 tomatoes (sliced)
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced)
1 cup chick peas
1 cup marinated mushrooms
1 tbs. olive oil
1 lemon (juiced)
1 tsp. sea salt
1. Marinate chicken cutlets in olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Let marinate for at least an hour refrigerated.
2. Grill cutlets on both sides for about 4-6 minutes. Let cool and slice into thin pieces.
3. In a large bowl place escarole. Place sliced chicken cutlets, sliced mozzarella, chick peas, marinated mushrooms and tomatoes on top.
*You can use a dressing of your choice or use a little olive oil and lemon juice on top.


Homemade Bruschetta


2 ripe tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup red onion (diced)
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives (chopped)
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
pinch of sea salt
Italian bread sliced thin or thin crispy toast crackers
In a large bowl, put tomatoes, olives, red onion, vinegar, olive oil and sea salt. Stir gently.
If you’re using Italian bread, slice it thin.
Put bread on a baking tray and rub a little olive oil on top of each slice.
In a preheated oven, 350 degrees, let bread crisp in the oven. (about 5 minutes)
Let bread cool for 5 minutes and put bruschetta on each slice.