Starchy Food & Quiches

Some years ago pasta and rice helped me to lose a lot of weight in a Weight Watchers context and even to maintain the weight loss afterwards; but I had eaten too much of them so now I eat them more scarcely. Nonetheless, pasta and rice are still an important comfort food that when combined with low fat sauce can make wonders.

In the family of starchy food we also find leguminous (eg. lentils, beans, chick-peas etc), this type of food is a part of my tradition as Greek and is pushed by Weight Watchers because it is healthy and satiating! In Greece, we often make soups out of them, but I discovered other recipes that valorize them and that I share with you. Try them and you will see the difference :)

And now you will ask, how on earth QUICHES can be good for dieting? The secret resides with the quantity we eat and the quantity of cream and cheese we are using to make them. Manage cream and cheese are the only solution to make light quiches because as we all know crust (brisée or feuilleté) has butter in it (or other type of fat) and I have not yet managed to diminish its quantity enough to make a good one :) But then again, I have not really tried! Maybe I will do it in the future, I will keep you posted.

Lasagna with summer squash and goat cheese
Vegetarian Food
Dimitra

Lasagna with summer squash and goat cheese

Lasagna with summer squash, goat cheese and mint! It’s a beautiful white version of lasagna thanks to the cheese béchamel sauce that assembles all ingredients into a perfect match! Give it a try!

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Basques Croquettes with Bayonne ham
Starchy Food & Quiches
Dimitra

Basques Croquettes with Bayonne ham

Classic croquettes that we eat at the Pays-Basque and that are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside :-) It’s really nice and easy to make! Give them a try :-)

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pain aux poireaux et féta
Greek Food
Dimitra

Bread with leeks and feta cheese

A Greek bread with leeks and feta cheese and with a texture like a dense pancake that makes all the difference :-) We use yellow cornmeal for a sweet character :-) It’s really easy to make :-) Give it a try!

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Sablés with parmesan and thyme
Vegetarian Food
Dimitra

Sablés with parmesan and thyme

Savory sablés are like salted shortbreads! In this version, they come with parmesan and are flavored with thyme! Super easy and rather quick! You just need to leave the butter out enough time to soften, and that’s all!

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mandi - tortellini à la grecque
Greek Food
Dimitra

Mandi – Tortellini the Greek way

This homemade pasta are filled with ground beef and seasoned with paprika! It’s rather easy to make and very tasteful because they are served with a tomato sauce and a sauce made with yogurt or fromage blanc, garlic and paprika! But to learn all about this you need to read the recipe ;-)

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