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Traditional Greek Salad

Greek Salad

With our little girl well on her way, my husband and I aren’t able to take our yearly trip to Greece to visit his family. As the humid days pass I find myself yearning for all things Greek, the people, the language, the water, the FOOD…

Fortunately, I’m lucky to live in Astoria, Queens where you can get authentic Greek food on almost every avenue and I’ve been taking advantage of it big time, practicing my Greek with the cooks and ordering all my favorites, gigantes (large white beans), Bamies (okra in tomato sauce) and Yemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers).

But I’ve been making my absolute favorite, the Greek salad at home because it’s more cost effective and because its something that calms me to make. Traditionally, Greek salads don’t have lettuce, they consist of four main ingredients, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives and feta cheese. The fresher these ingredients are the better the salad will taste. This dish is refreshing to say the least and is the perfect addition to any summer dinner or lunch.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been. 🙂

Traditional Greek Salad

Serves 4
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into large cubes
  • 1 large cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 large white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 pound feta
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Add all the ingredients together in a medium size bowl and enjoy!

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The Version Of You That Matters

Elyza and I

We can all get caught up in emotions from time to time.

Sometimes those emotions will fuel and guide our decisions, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst.

Emotional ups and downs are to be expected. No matter how hard we may try to suppress them, they will in time surface.

But it is not our emotions that we should steer clear from, but instead letting them get the best of us. Feeling emotions is a necessity, letting them drive us is not.

Being mindful to why we are feeling an emotion is the key to navigating it towards the best scenario. I’ve met many people whom are very good at handling their emotions and I have met people who are completely unaware of how much their emotions run their lives.

The difference?

People who are emotionally aware can see the big picture, they can step away from themselves or their situation and approach it as an outsider looking in, rather then letting the moment control them.

People who are emotionally unaware react immediately or let their emotions build into even bigger things in their minds until they reach the point of believing something that is completely untrue.

So how do we deal? How do we become better at being aware and how do we handle people who are unaware?

The answer, or at least one answer, is accepting you are not in control of those who are unaware and deciding to consciously work on your awareness.

You are in control of you. How you choose to move forward, how you choose to treat people, how you choose to treat yourself, it’s all your decision. Be extremely aware of that as much as you can.

The version of you that matters is the one who see’s the clearest.

Put yourself in other people shoes, walk a block in them, then make a decision.

Walk a block in your shoes, see the bigger picture, move forward from there.

Stay conscious. Stay considerate. Stay kind.

December’s #30DayFearlessHeartChallenge

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Hi Friends,

I am super excited to announce that tomorrow kicks off the #30DayFearlessHeartChallenge that I am co-hosting along with some other amazing women: @amandagyuran @breakfastcriminals @glowmaven  @kaleandchocolate @katiedalebout @sashayogawellness @thedivinefriend @wildgoods.

This challenges is all about finding acceptance, kindness and compassion for yourself and for the people that surround you.

Everyday has a special topic that will focus on ways to help you nourish your body and mind with things that make you FEEL good and allow you to live a more expansive, understanding and aware life.

Throughout these 30 days my fellow co-host and I will share inspiration and ideas to help all of us tap into what makes us feel truly happy and balanced in all aspects of our lives.

Want to join us?

All you have to do is look for all of us on Instagram and get ready, tomorrow kicks off day 1!!