Alright, I’m just going to come out and say it… I’ve had an incredibly busy week. Some wonderful changes are happening here at The Shiksa in the Kitchen. While all of these changes are positive, I’ve been swamped with work, which has prevented me from blogging as much as I’d like to. I’m happiest and most at home when I’m in the kitchen, trying out new recipes to share with you. Lately I haven’t had a spare moment to cook… which, I’ll admit, is slightly depressing. That said, I’m excited about the developments happening on my site, and I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you!
When I’m running around trying to finish a task list a mile long, it’s hard to find time to develop new recipes. This week, I’m sharing a simple Greek snack that I make when life gets too busy to cook. It’s served in Greece as a dessert, but I could eat it all day long. It’s loaded with protein, making it a great “pick me up” any time of day. Did I mention it’s gluten free?
This Greek dish is called Yiaourti Me Meli– Greek yogurt, honey, and nuts. They serve it at our favorite Greek restaurant in Malibu, which is where I learned about the dish. If you’ve never tried the flavor combination, you’re in for a real treat. I’ve given rough ingredient amounts below for one serving, but feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to taste. Sub pistachios for walnuts if you prefer. You can also add fresh fruit to the bowl– peaches, berries, whatever is ripe and seasonal. Lower the glycemic index by replacing the honey with agave nectar. Use Greek yogurt with any fat content you prefer… Greek yogurt is strained to remove excess moisture, which gives it a creamier taste and higher protein than traditional yogurt. This dish doesn’t require any cooking. Cool, creamy, tangy, sweet, a hint of spice… so much flavor, and only four ingredients. Plus, it only takes 2 minutes to make. Now that’s my kind of dessert!
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- Spoon the yogurt into a small dessert dish. Sprinkle crushed walnuts over the top of the yogurt. You can toast the walnuts lightly in a hot skillet, if you'd like, to bring out more of their natural flavor. Sprinkle the yogurt with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Serve.