WHAT WE'RE COOKING THIS WEEK: Greek

Opa! A Greek diet is often considered a healthy diet, and with a combination of fresh vegetables, yogurts and meats, it only makes sense to be eating it during the week. Greek food is also part of the Mediterranean diet, which just happens to be one of the healthiest overall diets out there, helping to cut heart attack and stroke risks, as well as aid with weight loss.

But there's another benefit to making your own Greek food at home. Greek restaurants tend to use a lot of butter and saturated fats in their dishes, according to 3FatChicks.com, so if you are planning to eat Greek at a restaurant, stick to the seafood or souvlaki dishes.

And in case you missed it, last week we packed veggie recipes.

WEEKLY SHOPPING LIST:

Here's what you need to buy this week, while the other necessary ingredients (like pepper, salt and oils) are likely already in your kitchen.

  • Feta cheese
  • Kalamata olives
  • Chick peas
  • Pita bread
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Lemon juice
  • Chicken breast

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  • Monday: Greek Salad Bites

    On Monday (hopefully with leftovers from a Greek salad you made on the weekend), try this salad bite recipe, combing delicious feta cheese and sour cream on a chopped cucumber slice. <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Greek-Salad-Bites-471922" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Tuesday: Homemade Tzatziki

    Tzatziki can be healthy (and nutritious) if you make it at home. This recipe includes low-fat Greek yogurt and diced cucumbers and onions. For work, bring some whole wheat pita chips or bread for dipping purposes.<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/chucks-tzatziki/11727/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Wednesday: Dakos

    This one may be a little messy, but it is the perfect snack to make at home. The combination of Kalamata olives and tomatoes makes the perfect Greek-style bruschetta. <a href="http://www.lemonandolives.com/cretan-dakos/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Thursday: Hummus

    Hummus is traditionally a Middle Eastern dip but it is quite popular in some Greek recipes. This recipe can be made with Greek yogurt as well — how healthy! <a href="http://chefinyou.com/2013/02/hummus-recipe/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Friday: Mini Chicken Souvlaki Bites

    Keeping with our trend of bite-sized options, we also have this Greek souvlaki bite recipe made with fresh oregano and chicken breast. <a href="http://www.maypurr.com/recipe.php?id=88521&utm_source=maypurr&utm_medium=desktop+website&utm_campaign=also+pawed+this" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • NEXT: Pack It: 5 Ways To Eat Your Veggies

  • Monday: Microwaved Sweet Potato

    If you have a mini-oven or microwave at work, pop in a sweet potato for a couple of minutes, split it open and add a splash of orange juice on top. The best part? <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/103-healthy-snack-recipe-ideas/4/" target="_blank">You can eat it right out of the skin.</a>

  • Tuesday: Roasted Snap Peas

    On Tuesday, make sure you get a dose of your green veggies. We love this sesame roasted snap pea recipe that will only take 10 minutes to prep the night before. <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-sesame-roasted-snap-pea-117556" target="_blank">Get the full recipe here. </a>

  • Wednesday : Glazed Carrots

    Instead of bringing carrots and dip, try this recipe for glazed carrots with cardamon and ginger that will give you an extra kick during your lunch hour. <a href="http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/glazed-carrots-cardamom-and-ginger" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Thursday: Kale Chips

    Kale may have been so 2013, but it's still a nutritious leafy green you can eat all year round. Even though we've seen tons of variations of kale chips, this zesty flavoured one seemed particularly appealing. <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/10/baked-kale-chips-recipe.html" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

  • Friday: Roasted Cauliflower Poppers

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/31/food-trends-2014-_n_4523642.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-living" target="_blank">2014 is all about cauliflower</a> and if you're not a fan of eating it raw, we suggest roasting it with coconut oil and sea salt. <a href="http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/appetizers-snacks/organic-roasted-cauliflower-poppers-recipe/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here.</a>

In our new weekly feature Pack It, we offer readers five tasty, healthy and inexpensive snacks for the office, your commute or just those days when you feel like trying something new. Each week on Friday, we'll provide you with a shopping list, along with five recipes you can prep on the weekend, and take along from Monday to Friday.

Monday: Greek Salad Bites
On Monday (hopefully with leftovers from a Greek salad you made on the weekend), try this salad bite recipe, combing delicious feta cheese and sour cream on a chopped cucumber slice. Get the recipe here.

Tuesday: Homemade Tzatziki
Tzatziki can be healthy (and nutritious) if you make it at home. This recipe includes low-fat Greek yogurt and diced cucumbers and onions. For work, bring some whole wheat pita chips or bread for dipping purposes. Get the recipe here.

Wednesday : Dakos
This one may be a little messy, but it is the perfect snack to make at home. The combination of Kalamata olives and tomatoes makes the perfect Greek-style bruschetta. Get the recipe here.

Thursday: Hummus
Hummus is traditionally a Middle Eastern dip but it is quite popular in some Greek recipes. This recipe can be made with Greek yogurt as well — how healthy! Get the recipe here.

Friday: Mini Chicken Souvlaki Bites
Keeping with our trend of bite-sized options, we also have this Greek souvlaki bite recipe made with fresh oregano and chicken breast. Get the recipe here.

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