Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe

You have heard of Greek Salad but have you tried Greek Salad Spaghetti? Think of all the flavors of Quinoa spaghetti wrapped in a rich and tasty greek salad dressing with fresh garlic, herbs and mixed with sliced cucumbers, fresh basil, sweet cherry tomatoes. roasted red peppers, radishes, red onion, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese. Now you see why I called it the loaded Greek Salad spaghetti. It’s literally loaded with all sorts of delicious ingredients. 

Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe

Putting together a Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti recipe is pretty easy and is one of the quickest meals you will ever create. We love to serve it alone on meatless Monday. If you must have meat you can serve it with grilled chicken, fish or steak.

The Recipe

The key to a delicious main-course salad recipe like this one is to use the best quality ingredients and load it with filling and nutrient rich ingredients. I used Tresomega Nutrition Quinoa Spaghetti which is made with a blend of organic quinoa, organic amaranth and organic rice. Tastes so much better and has more nutritive value than regular spaghetti. For those following a gluten free diet you will be happy to know Tresomega nutrition spaghetti is gluten free, corn free and certified organic

Olives and sun-dried tomatoes

Recipe Tips: 

  • Very important to use good quality olive oil for this recipe. Always shop for the best and recently harvested olive oil . Good olive oil brands will have the date behind the bottle. 
  • Don’t use the crumbled feta! Buy a block and cut it into bite sized pieces. Another tip; you can make feta cheese less salty by soaking in water for a few minutes before serving. 
  • Use olives sparingly as the flavor can be overpowering. 
  • Always toss your salad in a bigger bowl than the one you will serve it in. 
Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe
Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti

We cannot stop eating this salad at home and I can’t wait for you to try it.  It’s great for parties because the vegetables taste even better after sitting in the dressing for a while. It is just the simplest and tastiest salad recipe that you will ever need.

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Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 5 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
Salad
  • 1 box Tresomega Nutrition Quinoa Spaghetti
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers sliced
  • 2 medium radishes halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large roasted red pepper sliced
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 5 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
Salad
  • 1 box Tresomega Nutrition Quinoa Spaghetti
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers sliced
  • 2 medium radishes halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large roasted red pepper sliced
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water, drain and mix with a tsp of olive oil.
  2. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk well. Season with salt and pepper to taste then store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the spaghetti and vegetables. Add the feta, basil and olives and toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes to let the flavors combine. Serve at room temperature.

Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Uncured Ham Recipe

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You have probably seen many glazed ham recipes floating around this time of year and there is a reason why this dish is so popular. It looks amazing, is easy to make and tastes great. What makes this Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Uncured Ham Recipe a step above the rest is the use of uncured, nitrate free, artificial ingredient free, juicy and smoky Hatfield Uncured Ham.

Sliced Hatfield Uncured Ham

If you follow Spoons and Stilettos you probably know that I am a big fan of Hatfield products because of their full flavor, high quality and convenience. When it comes to meat my goal is to always serve ethically raised local products which Hatfield does.

Because not everyone has a big family, Hatfield now makes it easier to serve delicious holiday meals to families big or small. They have new smaller sized ham products which are available in ½ Pre-Sliced Pit Ham, ¼ Pre-Sliced Ham with Natural Juices or With Water added.

The Recipe:

I made this particular recipe recently and OMG, it turned out to be the best ham I’ve ever made. Everyone loved it and raved about how impressive, moist and flavorful it was. The leftover ham can be used for sandwiches, salads, frittatas and more. I love to use it for ham sandwiches for work. You can even use the left over sauce on so many things.

Looking at it you would think I spent hours in the kitchen but on the contrary it was pretty easy to make. The convenience of buying the already cooked Hatfield® Uncured Ham is a huge plus. With only 5 ingredients and minimal prep it is the perfect dish for busy parents and beginner cooks.

Useful Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Ham Recipe Tips:
  • You can substitute honey for maple syrup
  • If you do not have any Dijon mustard you can substitute with dry mustard.
  • For extra flavor, insert a whole clove into each cut intersection or in the water used when baking the ham
  • The glaze can burn quickly, so check it frequently to prevent a blackened skin.

Hatfield Offer!

Hatfield products can be found at Stop and Shop, Acme, Shoprite, Giant Carlisle, Weis, Landover and others. If you would like to try this recipe Now is the time to try Hatfield Ham as for a limited time only, you will receive a $2 rebate upon purchase of any Hatfield® Uncured Ham. Just click this Ibotta offer link to participate. 

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Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Ham

Sliced Hatfield Uncured Ham

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 1 package Hatfield® Uncured Ham
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 1 package Hatfield® Uncured Ham
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Sliced Hatfield Uncured Ham


Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F. Line Roasting pan with foil add 1/4 cup of water, ham and cover completely with foil. Bake for 30 minutes.

  2. While Ham is cooking mix remaining ingredients until blended, reserving 1 cup of the mixture for the glaze and the rest for the sauce.

  3. After 30 minutes uncover the ham and brush with some of the glaze mixture. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes making sure to brush the ham with the glaze mixture every 10 minutes.

  4. Warm remaining sauce mixture over medium heat and serve with ham.

Good Eats Boston: Moon Bar

Last Saturday we headed out to Moon Bar; a casual and super chill spot in Boston with delicious bites and drinks. The small corner bar serves some amazingly fresh seafood plates and the curated wine selection is on point. Even the hubby was converted to a white wine lover after trying a glass of German Riesling from the menu. Moon Bar is a great choice if you don’t want to spend tons of money but still want to get very good seafood.

One of my favorite items on the menu was the smoked mussel toast made with pumpkin, sage, roasted garlic aioli and sourdough. As a lover of toast with toppings, I would have never thought of mussels on toast but it works very well in this dish. The different textures in each ingredient create the perfect bite.

SWORDFISH SOULVAKI - Moon BarThe Swordfish Soulvaki with garlic, oregano, lemon, cucumber, tomatoes, chickpeas, yogurt and pita is one menu item I simply cannot forget. There was no rubbery and tough texture. It was very tender, well seasoned and cooked to perfection. From the many seafood restaurants I visited, this was best cooked swordfish I have ever tasted.

Another favorite was the the fish tacos. Made with beer battered fish, cabbage slaw, cilantro, red onion pickles and a Thoreau sauce. These tacos are worth trying on your next visit to Moon Bar.

We tried a few other small plates including Poke with Spanish mackerel and a smoked bluefish plate which were all tasty. Overall the food is great and the wine is amazing. I highly recommend Moon Bar if you are in the Boston area.

Because of it’s location, the bar has become a great hang out spot for many locals and visitors staying in the nearby hotels. Moon Bar is located downstairs from Mooncusser fish house which is already on Boston’s best list for Seafood. The hubs and I plan on going there next time for date night and I can’t wait to try it out.

Moon Bar Location:

304 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116 Get Directions

Phone: (617) 917-5193

Website: Moonbarboston.com

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3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Choosing and Engagement ring can be a daunting task because the ring is something that your loved one will wear everyday for the rest of their life. You want them to love it. After my husband proposed I could not stop staring at my ring the entire week, I was just over the moon. There are 3 things you absolutely have to know before choosing an engagement ring and today we are sharing them!

3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Budget

This should be your first stop on the journey of finding the perfect engagement ring. Starting off any big purchase, whether you’ll be financing or paying in cash, by assessing your budget and what you’re willing to spend on the item at hand. In this case, you’ve probably already done a bit of research and know what your price point is. However, if you haven’t done much looking around, it can be very easy to get sticker-shocked. The best way to avoid this is to check out some online retailers and make good use of their filters. This works to your advantage in two ways:

  1. It gives you a reason to compare different retailers
  2. You’ll begin to notice the pattern of prices in comparison with type & size of stones and the metals available

Ring Size

Knowing your partner’s ring size isn’t really something that ever comes up before the moment when you realize you’d like to propose to this person and buy an engagement ring but it is a necessity to avoid a ring that doesn’t fit and needs to be resized after-the-fact. It’s no surprise that there are many waysthat are suggested to find the information. Some ideas range from:

  • Tying a string around their finger while they’re sleeping
  • Having a ring that they wear sized
  • Tracing a ring from the jewelry box and bringing it to a jeweler for comparison

However, modern couples are being more open and honest about their expectations and desires when it comes to their relationship, and engagements are no exception. Simply asking for your partner’s ring size could prompt a healthy conversation about your relationship and where it’s headed.

Ring Style

Choosing the perfect ring style for your partner’s engagement ring will be as easy as pie if you two have already had an open discussion about it. However, many people choose to continue to select the ring secretly and do a surprise proposal. In this case, picking a style will require a bit more thought and research.

To get an idea of what you’re partner likes, think about the styles that they wear. Do they dress boldly, with a keen sense for fashion? Or do they tend to be more conservative? Are they into vintage clothing and jewelry? Is there something they are extremely passionate about that should be incorporated? Better yet, if you had a friend recently get engaged, bring it up and ask what she thought of the ring. This may let her know what you’re up to in a very subtle way but that’s not always a bad thing.

Bonus: How will it look with the wedding band?

Many people get caught up in the glamor of choosing an engagement ring, and they absolutely should! But a wedding band is considered part of that decision and so should be thought about during the process, though it’s not a necessity. There are many resources to provide guidance as to choosing a wedding band online, including those put together by online retailers like Blue Nile. This can make the process of finding the right ring seamless and easy.

My husband surprised me with my ring and reached out to my sister for help which I loved. To this day I am still shocked how my sister was able to keep it a secret as she is a terrible secret keeper. Check out the tip sheet below for discreetly picking out a ring and its perfect wedding band.

Easy Holiday Red Wine Sangria

Make your holiday party and gathering more fun and festive with this Holiday Red Wine Sangria. Sangria’s are awesome in the summer but they can be enjoyed anytime of the year.  What makes this recipe Spoons and Stilettos approved is the substitution of soda with carbonated mineral water and the overall beauty of the drink.
Holiday Red Wine Sangria
Sangria is basically mixed fruit and wine or some may describe it as a boozy punch. Other ingredients include a sweetener like sugar or honey and another type of liquor like rum or brandy. It is also one of those drinks that tastes better the next day so you are better off making it the day before but can still enjoy it immediately.

This sangria recipe is perfect for a holiday party or get together. To give a festive look, the drink is garnished with fresh cranberries and a spring of fresh rosemary. You can add pomegranate, strawberries or blueberries in this recipe. I did not want to spend too much money so used apples and pineapple slices that I had on hand.

Holiday Red Wine Sangria

Best Wines for Sangria

Most white wine varieties are great for sangria. The ones with a lot of oak are not as great but still work if you have no other option. Examples of good white wines include dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Citrus works very well in a white sangria, think lemons, oranges and limes. Try my New Year’s Lime and Lemongrass Sangria recipe.

For red wine sangria’s, my favorite is a Spanish wines like Rioja. Pinot Noir is a great option too as well as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Peaches, apples, strawberries and pears work perfectly with red wine but feel free to try your favorite fruits.

I would avoid choosing an expensive wine for Sangria since it will be diluted and mixed with other ingredients. Opt for a reasonably priced wine that tastes good.

Print Recipe
Easy Holiday Red Wine Sangria Recipe
Course Drink
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
quarts
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Sliced Apple and Pineapple
  • 2 cups Perrier Carbonated Mineral Water
  • 1 Bottle Red Wine - preferably Rioja
  • 1/4 cup Rum (Black or white will do)
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • Rosemary and fresh cranberries to garnish
Course Drink
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
quarts
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Sliced Apple and Pineapple
  • 2 cups Perrier Carbonated Mineral Water
  • 1 Bottle Red Wine - preferably Rioja
  • 1/4 cup Rum (Black or white will do)
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • Rosemary and fresh cranberries to garnish
Instructions
  1. Place pineapple and apple slices in a large 3 qt pitcher with the sugar and rum. Sit in the refrigerator till you are ready to drink.
  2. When ready to serve, add the wine, cranberry juice and carbonated mineral water to pitcher. Stir gently to combine, then pour over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs.

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