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The Simple Sides You Need

Good afternoon guys, I hope everyone is doing well.  I woke up this morning feeling very hopeful; I asked my family and friends to cross their fingers for me as I had a very important meeting today, something that is so important to me.  Well….There must have been quite a few of you crossing your fingers for FoodByMaria today because you are now reading a post from the new Food & Wellness Contributor for Branded Magazine YYC. Words cannot describe how grateful I am, this is an opportunity of a lifetime and I cannot wait to start the next chapter in FoodByMaria’s journey. Thank you all so much, I am going to go cry again now.

Just kidding, before I go cry my eyes out I have to introduce you all to the Purple Yam, and Super Simple Greens and Chickpeas Salad!  Both very easy sides, that can easily be added to lunch or dinner for that needed punch of nutrients and vitamins!


Ill start with the salad!

Super Simple Greens and Chickpeas Salad

Into a large bowl add:

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1 cup of chickpeas, washed and strained

1 cup of peas

1 cup of roughly chopped coriander

1 cup of broccoli sprouts

1/2 a cup of watermelon radish, chopped – I didn’t chop mine in photo above for photo purposes

3 tbsp EVOO

Juice from 2 lemons

Pinch of salt and pepper! Thats it!

Add all these ingredients to a large bowl, and stir well!  This salad should last you around 3 days in the fridge.

Perfect for BBQ’s, lunches, quick snacks and for taking along to the park for a picnic!



And now for the beautiful, and simple potato dish.

Baked Purple Yams:

1 purple yam

2 tbsp EVOO

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

So just start by preheating your oven to 375C

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Chop your potato into half an inch thick slices, and lay them down on the parchment

Drizzle with EVOO, and pinch of salt and pepper!

Bake for 35 minutes!

This does not really seem like it should be a recipe I know but this is the kicker, the part you do not see in the photo!

The Nutritional Sauce!

Dip these bad boys into ( DIP EVERYTHING INTO):

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Juice from one lemon

1 tbsp EVOO

Using a fork combine the sauce… and you are in for one amazing treat!


I have been working on getting you all really simple, but nutritional recipes. I know we are approaching the busiest time of the year for parents.. so I really want to be your go to gal when it comes to feeding your little ones!

I have loads more recipes coming for my mamas, and parents.. so stay tuned! Back for more tomorrow, hope you all enjoy these two gems..

Love from your Greek Food Goddess! XOX



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