in the tapestry of life, there are certain threads that weave a story of love, legacy, and flavors that transcend generations.
this is the inspiration for “yiayia’s blue zone kitchen,” a series inspired by the remarkable life and culinary genius of my beloved yiayia.
recently, at the age of 93, she passed away, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire my time in the kitchen.
yiayia, along with my pappou, shared an extraordinary life, both reaching the remarkable age of 93. their secret?
a commitment to the rich traditions of the greek mediterranean diet.
it was not just a way of eating for them; it was a way of life. the vibrant hues of fruits, the robust flavors of olive oil, and the simplicity of ingredients defined their daily nourishment.
my connection with cooking finds its roots in the kitchen of my yiayia. she was not just a cook; she was a wizard of sorts!!
among her best classic dishes, avgolemeno soup stood as a beacon of comfort, warmth, and tradition.
in her honor, i made this soup vegan, attempting to capture the exact flavors of the original.
join me in the pages of “yiayia’s blue zone kitchen” as we celebrate a life well-lived, flavors well-savored, and the enduring legacy of a phenomenal cook :).
yiayia’s Crowd-Pleasing Greek Peas is more than a dish; it’s a journey through memories, flavors, and the essence of a life well-lived.
yiayia’s crowd-pleasing greek peas are the one of the most cherished dishes in our family, making appearances at every get-together.
this recipe not only reflects the rich Greek roots of our heritage but also offers a perfect blend of flavors, satisfying textures, and numerous nutritional benefits.
the dish begins with the aromatic sauté of a small finely diced onion, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper, and finely sliced carrots in extra virgin olive oil.
this forms the flavorful base that sets the stage for the star ingredient – frozen peas.
the addition of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and vegetable broth further enhances the taste, creating a savory and slightly sweet notes.
what sets yiayia’s greek peas apart is the perfect balance of textures.
the sautéed vegetables provide a tender and hearty foundation, while the peas add a burst of freshness.
the slow-cooking process ensures that the peas absorb the rich flavors of the sauce, creating a velvety and satisfying texture.
beyond its delicious taste, this dish packs a nutritional punch.
peas are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
combined with the goodness of carrots, onions, and garlic, yiayia’s greek peas offer a wholesome and nutritious option for those looking to enjoy a healthy dish!
rooted in Greek culinary traditions, this recipe showcases the essence of Mediterranean cuisine.
the extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and fresh dill are staples in Greek cooking, reflecting a commitment to simple, fresh, and wholesome ingredients.
each bite of yiayia’s greek peas carries the warmth and authenticity of our Greek heritage.
no family gathering is complete without yiayia’s greek peas.
this dish holds a special place in our hearts, symbolizing the love and care yiayia put into every meal.
her commitment to bringing this flavorful creation to every get-together speaks volumes about the dish’s crowd-pleasing nature and its ability to bring people together.
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YiaYia’s Crowd-Pleasing Greek Peas
1 small finely diced onion
a few minced cloves of garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 finely sliced carrots
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
16 ounces frozen peas
30 ounces tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup vegetable broth
fresh dill, chopped (a few tbsp or more)
- in a pan, sauté the diced onion, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper, and sliced carrots in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil for 7-10 minutes on medium heat, or until tender.
- add the frozen peas and sauté for another few minutes.
- pour in the tomato sauce, add tomato paste and vegetable broth.
- cook on medium-low heat with a lid on for about 45 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- turn off the heat and stir in a few tablespoons (or more) of chopped fresh dill.
- enjoy your yiayia’s crowd-pleasing greek peas! store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.