Grilled Lemon Oregano Lamb Kabobs

The beauty of the grill is in the simplicity of the meals it makes. It doesn't take much to grill something delicious, whether meat, fish, veg or even tofu. A good marinade and, if you're feeling fancy, a special sauce to finish, are really all it takes. These grilled Lemon-Oregano Lamb Kabobs are a perfect example. Quick and easy, they can make a weeknight meal alongside a simple salad and rice. They are also elegant enough to fit into a more elaborate weekend or celebratory meal like the one I made for my father-in-law's birthday (you know, the one I made after serving the boys this pantry pasta dinner.) (more after the jump)

Greek-Style Tacos

Cinco de Mayo has passed, but my desire for tacos has not. So, hungry mamas and papas: welcome to taco week. Ole! And yasou? That's right: in an epic clash of ancient calendars, Greek Easter and Cinco de Mayo fell on the same day this year. (Cinco de Mayo is totally an ancient holiday.) In honor of this great alignment, I'm kicking off the first annual One Hungry Mama taco week with a taco inspired by a fusion of my heritage and favorite cuisine. I present thee with my Greek-Style Tacos. Or, as I like to call them, Grexican Tacos. (Mexigreek Tacos? Help me out here, people.) (More after the jump)

Greek-Style Lamb Stew

Tis the season! No, not for gifts. Well, not just for gifts. Tis the season for STEWS, like this aromatic Greek-style lamb stew. Here's the deal: I'm not a soup person. That's right, let me say it again so that you good people can get the say whats out of the way. I. Don't. Love. Soup. I like it, a lot sometimes, but mostly soup's just okay. And, no, the right soup won't come along and fix me. I was born this way. I promise that even though I don't love soup, I will serve up soups recipes (amazing ones, even), because I know that you like soup. The boys in my house are fans, as well. But lets remember that there's winter eating beyond soup. There's also stew. (more after the jump)

{video} Quickest Greek-Style Meatballs

Do you tire of me carrying on about meatballs? (I hope that's the first time you've been asked that question!) A quick scan of my Indian Spiced Meatballs post reveals that I'm a serious fan. And who wouldn't be? Meatballs are a wonderful early finger food, a great way to introduce animal protein, and also a grown up favorite, whether at dinner or a cocktail party. Meatballs are pretty much a perfect all-around family food. This recipe is a quick adaptation of the Greek-Style meatballs that my grandmother made for me when I was little. When she—and, really, all Greeks—make meatballs with rice, they are usually cooked in an avgolemono (egg-lemon) sauce. It's delicious, but requires a bit of extra cooking time. When Greeks whip up quick sautéed meatballs like these they typically skip the rice and serve the meatballs plain or in a quick-cook tomato sauce. I combined both approaches to make this super easy, quick cook meatball that has the added grain which makes these a more complete meal for little ones. My approach cuts cooking in half, to just shy of 30 minutes, especially when you see my trick for dealing with the onion and garlic. (more—including the video!—after the jump)

Indian Spiced Meatballs

Let's play a game. Ready? You say: MEATBALL. Wanna know what I say? ITALIAN! Having grown up in New Jersey, and now living in Brooklyn, I associate meatballs with Italian-American food. Spaghetti and meatballs was a staple of my childhood diet—and still is. When I try to change things up, I end up skipping the spaghetti for something like Escarole, White Bean, and Meatball Soup. But the meatballs? I always end up making them Italian-style. And why not?! Good Italian meatballs are food from the heavens. I've tried to break from my Italian meatball habit. Remember when I learned how to make these easy, tender turkey meatballs from my sitter? They are great (and, really, soooo easy), but I still serve them Italian-style over pasta. And way back when the Hungry Boy was starting finger foods, I made super health charged meatballs with wheat germ (instead of bread crumbs), cottage cheese, sweet potato and spinach. That was nearly 5 years ago, and I've since made a commitment to a single family meal. Those meatballs were tasty but, uh, not the hungry papa's favorite. (more after the jump)

{recipe} Quick ‘n Healthy Roundup: Pesto

Green Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto The fall/winter busy season has begun: back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the rest. For some, ahem, you can throw in kid birthdays, too. I've got two that flank the holiday madness—one next week and the other on January 5th. Though I love this time of year and all of the fun excuses to cook, celebrate, be with family and friends, it requires a great deal of planning and self-control to keep from going totally insane. I created this mini-series of quick and healthy recipe roundups to help you build an arsenal of easy, go-to dishes and dinner solutions that I hope will save you from take-out when thing get busy. You know that I'll proudly call grilled octopus family-friendly (hey, I ate it regularly as a tyke!), but I'm focusing this series on foods more commonly accepted as family-friendly. I kicked things off with a homemade pizza round-up and now we're onto pesto. (more after the jump)

Kale and Walnut Pesto

If you cook for a family and don’t have a freezer stocked with pesto, you’re doing something wrong. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but let’s look at the cold, hard facts: 1. It comes together with one zip of the food processor. 2. It’s endlessly versatile. You can use it as a pasta sauce, […]

{recipe} Lamb Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

We’re well into summer, folks—have you been eating plenty of burgers? And are you sick of eating plenty of burgers? Yea. Me, too. Yet, I keep making them. They are quintessentially summer. And a cinch to feed the kiddos, even little ones (they break into age appropriate bite sizes and are easy to chew, making […]

{recipe} Lamb Giouvetsi

Greek Easter just passed and you’d think that after our big, Greek-style, roast lamb dinner (every bite as good as last year) I would have had my fill. But, instead, it made me hungry for more. More lamb. More Greek food. Giouvetsi (sometimes “youvetsi”) is one of my all-time favorite Greek dishes. A simple baked […]

Dear Grandmas, Nonnas, Yiayias, Nanas, and All the Rest Around the World

My birthday just passed. It’s not a big birthday—34—and I’m practically 7 months pregnant, so I wasn’t inspired to do anything other than hang with my family and have a nice meal. Despite my specific request for no special events, the ChowPapa went ahead and made plans. He said that, technically, it fell into the […]

Greek Style Roast Leg of Lamb for Greek Easter

Sunday was Greek Easter (well, really, Christian Orthodox Easter, not just Greek). Yes. This past Sunday. Not the Sunday before. That was everyone else’s Easter. (There’s nothing like growing up trying to explain the Eastern Orthodox calendar to friends, but I digress.) While a very holy holiday, Easter celebrations in Greece tend to be casual […]

Shepherd’s Pie: Easy from Scratch or Use Leftovers

When Isaac first started eating meat, at around 11 months or so, I made shepherd’s pie all the time. Mike and I love it, and mixing ground meat with mashed potatoes makes it a very friendly way to introduce animal protein to an early eater. Plus, you can throw in a huge variety of veggies.