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At the gym earlier this week.  I decided to take a census.  I was on the elliptical.  Reading about fungal infections (don’t I lead a wild and wacky existence).  When all of a sudden, it just popped into my head as something I ought to do.

So I walked around the room, from cardio machine to cardio machine and asked each person (in-between intensity intervals of course.  I’m not quite ready to deal with MIs yet.  Or cardiac arrest.  But I can listen for heart sounds.  I won’t know if they’re irregular.  But I can hear them!).

“Are you a man, woman or both?”

This is New York City.  Assume.  Nothing.

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And after the first few blank stares.  When the tension in the room got thick enough to cut.  With a knife.

I went back to my elliptical.  And counted.  

This is New York City.  Assume.  Everything.

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And what I found was.  That for every one man in the room.  There were NINE women.

Now.  I could interpret this data in two ways.

The first being that all the guys who live around here are so fit that they don’t need to work out.  Wrong.  Everyone needs to work out.

Next.

More women than men are proactive about their health.

(Now I don’t mean to offend any guys out there.  And I’m actually pretty sure that most of the men who are reading this are proactive about their health.  Because if you care what you are eating, then you probably care about your body. And so you probably try to get in the recommended 50 minutes of aerobic activity five days a week.   Hint.  Hint.)

But let’s be honest.  You’re in the minority.  Both in the food blogging world, and, apparently, in the world as defined by the New York Sports Club on 76th and 1st.

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Now.  I don’t like to get didactic on here.  But we’re currently smack dab in the middle of Men’s Health Week.  And seeing as how I like men (for the most part).  A lot.  In fact, I kinda sorta hope to be married to one someday.  And I kinda sorta hope he’ll go to the gym.  And won’t die of atherosclerotic plaque before age 100.  And will be able to have really great sex with me from the day we get married until the day we die.

So I readily agreed when Steve Jasper, a regular blogger at Gymsource, asked if he could put in a few words on Eats Well With Others about the importance of diet and exercise in men’s health.  (Scroll down for the recipe or read on if you so desire!).

“Every year, Men’s Health Week falls on the seven days prior to Father’s Day.  The significance of this event would mean nothing without first realizing that one’s health is not only a measure of the lifestyle you lead, but how you stay in shape as well.  A fraction of men are regular gym-goers who work out tirelessly with exercise equipment in order to keep their bodies healthy and active.  Men realize that working out serves a more important function than just biulding muscles.  Working out can help you improve your body image, self confidence, and even add years to your life.

Men’s Health Week (June 14-20th) is a week of awareness involving health issues and diseases for men that easily can be averted with early action, treatment, and healthy prevention. It’s no coincidence that Men’s Health Week leads right up to Father’s Day because Father’s Day is where we celebrate a man we love and wish nothing but health and happiness to.  yet, how can more men be proactive in staying healthy and avoiding illness and health issues? Well, a good place to start is to be educated about how to use the gym, and exactly how important it is to do so.  A bette rknowledge of how to properly exercise is integral to fighting obesity and improving your health.

However, there are plenty of great foods men can eat that will help them be healthier and avoid obesity. Incorporating foods like blueberries (which are loaded with antioxidants) and sardines (not for everyone, but they are nutritious) can change a man’s attitude and drive. Additionally, other great foods men can snack on are nuts, which are full of vitamin E. Rice is also a good source for your vitamins, potassium and zinc.  Even smaller foods are great to add to your diet in order to make things run smoothly.  For example, sesame seeds are great for a man’s sex drive because they are rich in amino acids.  Amino acids, as you may know, are the building blocks for your body’s proteins.  Eating the right food can even affect your mood, which has been seen with edamame or soy beans, for example.  When you are fulfilling your dietary needs, you are less likely to succumb to binges on junk foods.  Getting on the right diet and eating foods that help maintain a healthy body is one of the most important steps a man can take towards staying healthy and avoiding obesity.  Of course, the other half of the equation is keeping a good workout routine.

Steve Jasper is not a medical expert. If yo have any serious medical concerns, please consult a qualified medical professional before undertaking a new fitness regiment.  Steve is a contributing blogger from Gymsource who writes on all topics related to fitness equipment and much more.

Thanks Steve!

Also, still don’t know what to get the father in your life for Father’s Day?  Check out Matt’s site, which is entirely devoted to neckties!  I think it is just the cutest thing.  There’s even a whole post on CAKES in the shape of neck ties.  Crazy!

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So.  In honor of all of this Men’s Health business.  I thought I would cook something that I thought exemplified a well-balanced, healthy meal.  Spanakorizo is a traditional Greek rice dish that contains spinach, a nutritional superstar in and of itself, as well as parsley and dill, which have been shown to have TONS of vitamin C and iron.  It tastes JUST like spanikopita but without quite so much guilt.  I served this with falafel, a traditionally deep fried chickpea “burger” that I turned healthy by baking.  Chickpeas and other legumes are an excellent source of lean protein.  And not only are they tasty, but they are a LOT cheaper than meat.  The difference is exorbitant.

Spanakorizo
Serves 4, adapted from Closet Cooking

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lb spinach (or 1 bunch)
1 cup rice
2 1/2 cups broth
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup dill, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup feta
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan.  Saute the onion for 5-7 minutes or until lightly brown.  Add in the garlic for 1 minute.  Add the spinach and cook until wilted.

2. In the same pan, add the rice, broth, parsley, and dill.  Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir in the lemon juice.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve in bowls, topped with feta.

Falafel with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce
Serves 4, adapted from The Bon Appetit Cookbook


1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup chopped onion
5 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (or 1 cup dry chickpeas, cooked.  I used black garbanzo beans that I received from MarxFoods!)
3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 large egg

Whisk yogurt, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup onion, 1 garlic clove, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in medium bowl to blend; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Blend garbanzo beans, 3 tablespoons flour, cumin, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, 4 garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in processor until almost smooth. Add egg and remaining 3/4 cup onion and blend, using on/off turns, until onion is finely chopped. Transfer mixture to bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shape mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Turn patties in remaining 1/2 cup flour to coat on both sides.

Preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve topped with cilantro yogurt sauce.

The spanakorizo is my submission to Regional Recipes: Greece!  (HINT HINT.  Email me your submissions by June 30th!)  And with all of that parsley and dill, the falafel is going to Weekend Herb Blogging which is being hosted by Rachel of The Crispy Cook!

Happy Father’s Day and have a great weekend!

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89 Responses to Spanakorizo and Baked Falafel with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  1. doggybloggy says:

    fifty minutes??!! – I thought it was 20 then it went up to 30 – this health inflation is skyrocketing.

  2. Giovanna says:

    Your falafel look wonderful, nice thick cilantro yogurt sauce !

    Oh and by the way, sex changes when you get married, especially if you have been married for a long time. It either gets to be so sparse and quick that you almost forget about it or you get a husband who says, mmm…I’m married now, lets have sex everyday! Which can get very tiring too but at least it’s exercise huh, at least that’s what I tell myself.

  3. Raina says:

    Love, love this dish! It has all of my favorite flavors. I think I should have been born Greek. This is wonderful. A definite must-make for me.

    Thanks for the great info Steve! I definitely have to push my husband to eat better all of the time. He does use weights at home and I have gotten him to take walks with me. I even have to schedule his physical exams or he would never. It is like having another kid!

  4. Nicole, RD says:

    That falafel looks soooo good!!

    I see way more women than I do men in my practice. Curious 🙂 If you ever speed date or online date, put your sex request on there. Please? I love it! 🙂

  5. Simply Life says:

    ha, I bet the people at your gym loved you counting them and wondering about their gender 🙂

  6. They are just too lazy! well at least for mine! What a flavourful meal and it looks really healthy with all the greens.

  7. This is just the kind of meal we love eating at this time of the year, we always like Greek flavors in the early summer! Yum!

  8. Julie says:

    maybe you weren’t there at the hour of 5 oclock when all the meaty heads come out? hahaha because i’m pretty sure at that hour there are 10,000 men to every 1 woman.

    i would like some falafs like now.

  9. I was just trying to decide what to make for my greek recipe this morning!! I was thinking about falafel but I’m thinking I’m going another way, well see! This looks fantastic and I so want to try it!

  10. Mary says:

    I can just imagine how your impromtu survey was met at the gym. If only they knew how well and creatively you cooked they’d have stopped altogether and allowed you to interview them extensively. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  11. Ameena says:

    I see way more men than women at my gym…husband aside of course. He doesn’t step a foot in the gym if he can help it. I can’t remember the last time he actually went.

    I love falafel! I will be trying this recipe as soon as I get a food processor. That may not be until 2020 or something though!

  12. elra says:

    Oh Joanne,
    this falafel is making me hungry, look so delicious!

  13. Cristie says:

    Joanne, love this post and the food. I have to make the rice it sounds delicious. And the view at my gym is exactly the same-75% women.

  14. RV says:

    Love those Baked Falafels. I have been thinking of making them at home for sometime now. This is a perfect healthy meal.

  15. kickpleat says:

    I’ve been craving falafels for ages and I’ve always used a mix. No more! I’ll make some from scratch soon…and that rice looks amazing.

  16. Kelsey says:

    omg this is so true! i feel like all the guys around here are the ones out of shape and the women are quite fit. most of my friends’ boyfriends are talknig about how they need to lose weight and the girls are the ones super fit and muscular.. its really strange.even in the gym i see chicks lifting weights and the guys on the ellipticals. what happened!?! lol

    hmm maybe if they realized they could eat such delicious and healthy food like this!! WOW, that would make the world of difference <3

  17. I loves the baked falafels,..yummy!

  18. oh wow looks wonderful as always have a great weekend

  19. Great post. Very informative. Fantastically presented dish. Two thumbs up.

    Cheers!

  20. knk says:

    i never saw this before , sounds great , have to try it in home

  21. Lea Ann says:

    When I go to my pilates/yoga class it’s mostly women, when I go to the weight room, it’s mostly all men. This dish looks really good…spanaWHAT? 🙂

  22. Pam says:

    Good post – yet again.

    I’ve never had spanakorizo but after looking at the ingredients, I am certain I would love it. Another great dish Joanne!

  23. That is a beautiful photo… Feeling guilty, as I write this, I am making cupcakes with a chocolate Gnash and I am planning to top them with bacon…

    But I did walk 7 miles today

  24. BTW, I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC this morning… NYC is supposed to have one of the best weather days of the year… Why aren’t you walking or running in the park???

    And I would bet there are more guys in the park. Maybe running with a tray of cupcakes with chocolate ganache topped with bacon would get a more male perspective to your survey.

  25. Debinhawaii says:

    Yum–both the falafel and the rice dish look great. I am going to have to get it into gear for RR Greece pretty soon here!

  26. This rice dish sounds wonderful. Thank goodness my hubs is one of the few that works out daily….and it shows both in his attitude and muscular body!! xo

  27. Katerina says:

    Spanakorizo is indeed a traditional Greek vegeterian dish. I love it especially during summer, when I can accompany it with feta cheese and bread. I will send you soon my submission for regional recipes. I just have to find the time to prepare the dish.

  28. Beth M says:

    I love the idea of doing spanikopita in a bowl… I love anything in a bowl! I’m definitely going to make this.

    Also, the gym that I used to work at was at least 95% men and it was not advertised or designed as a men’s gym. I think that men and women just tend to gravitate to different gyms. Maybe there is a gym just a couple of blocks away that is really popular with the fellas!

  29. Danielle says:

    I’m loving this falafel and dip! I can’t wait to give it a try! I have a whole theory on neckties but I won’t get into that LOL

  30. Everything looks delicious! We love falafel over here & cilantro makes just about everything taste yummy!!

  31. Martha (MM) says:

    Looks wonderful Joanne. I definitely want to try the baked falafel. Was it comparable to the fried ones? I love falafel, hummus and anything made with chickpeas, it’s become an addiction!

  32. Catherine says:

    This looks wonderful Joannes, so tempting and mouthwatering!

  33. I never heard of Spanakorizo! Where has it been all my life? Totally delicious! Especially alongside one of my favorite things in the whole world – falafel. Love your baked version!

  34. LOL tat’s a really really brave survey you’ve done 😉

  35. Pam says:

    Wow, both of these sound so good. So, I’m taking it that there were no “boths” at your gym.

  36. Lori says:

    This looks so good Joanne. I have a love affair with legumes. I like to eat meat once ina while but I actually prefer beans.

  37. I was looking for something new to try for Father’s Day and I think this might be it. And it is healthy. What a bonus! Thanks so much.

  38. I can just imagine the looks on their faces when you asked that question. Great, informative post and great recipes! I think you got the guys’ attention at ‘sex drive’ 🙂

  39. naomi says:

    Falafel is one of my faves! Yours looks delish! I have to say, I never made it, so I will have to give this a try.

  40. oh i love this take on spanakopita! i love that you added chorizo……happy weekend girl!

  41. Complete meal and love the yogurt coriander sauce…everything looks so delicious..

  42. Amy says:

    Have you heard about this workout program called “Insanity” ?? Paul wants me to buy the DVD set for him. I think HE’S insane. Be careful what you wish for… But, I guess that is better then him being slovenly.

    My love of spinach? I’ll save that for another day.

  43. Deepa says:

    wow, such yummy clicks..looks so healthy..

  44. Joanne
    This is weird: I would have guessed more men then women care about working out!
    Love your Greek dish! sounds fantastic with all these herbs and the spinach! and the baked falafel and yogurt is another fantastic one!

  45. If I were up against the firing squad and had to order my last meal, this would be it Joanne.

  46. Sippity Sup says:

    Well. I am not sure you would see the same ratio of men to woman in all gyms and most especially at all times of day. My gym is noticeably almost entirely male if I go before 7am. But if I wait until about 10 am it’s mostly woman (with their kids). I never go in the evening but I imagine the ratio might be pretty much 50/50.

    Since it’s Men’s Health week, and I am a man… I have a question. I spend 30 minutes doing light aerobic exercise at the gym 3 or 4 days a week. I take the dog on a 30 minute hike in the hills (light aerobic) 7 days a week. I go spinning 1 day a week and get more than an hour of death defying cardio. I have chosen this exercise schedule because after I broke my jaw last year I lost 28 lbs and I have had trouble putting the weight back on. I figure too much cardio means too many burned calories. Whaddaya think about my routine? I am asking seriously. Because my doctor always says exercise more. But I see my doctor at the gym most days and I work out longer than he does. GREG

  47. AMEN GIRL on the guy shiz. of course i want a guy that is healthy and WORKS OUT.

    leme go to the skanky dress store…AKA FOREVER 21 and pick up some shit. i THINK i have a dress from 2 years ago, but i haven’t tried it on in years. you think black’s my color?

    oh yesterday was a culmination of people getting mad at me, feeling stressed, and just depressed (i get those moods. )

    you are AWESOME!

    and girl, these recipes look delicious! i’ve always wanted to try spanikopita: (spank your pita) but it’s so LABOR INTENSIVE. i gotta make this for my sister, she loves this shit.

  48. sophia says:

    Hell yeah. This dish will make any man sing. And perhaps even belt out a dance in the gym.

    I have to admit though, I don’t fancy guys who go to the gym. I like guys that do natural sports, not those who obsess over their health. I already know too much about health and fitness. I don’t need a guy to discuss it with me. I just want my man naturally healthy. As in going out for a soccer game with friends, basketball, etc.

  49. Barbara says:

    Fabulous recipes, Joanne! Both of them!

    As far as the gym I go to, men are by far the majority. Which is odd, because I go 6 days a week, in the morning. On Sat. and Sun there’s barely a woman in there, except for classes. And there are even 5 men in our weekend step classes!

  50. Caronae says:

    I have been looking for a non deep fried falafel for a while now! This came at just the right moment. 🙂

    Okay. Onto men. I can’t find any man at all. Let alone a healthy, gym-going, sesame seed-eating one. I may have to make some compromises. But I also want to be able to have great sex until I’m 100. So maybe the key is to snag me a man — any man — and then whip him into shape. For my own needs and purposes. You know…

  51. Kristen says:

    I love Greek food. Podunk, Arizona isn’t the best place to find any. At all. Thank goodness for the internet, so I can drool over yours.

  52. Faith says:

    I love your poll, that’s too funny! This is such an informative post, I’m going to share it with my hubby…who is for the most part and avid gym-goer, and only occasional excuse-maker. 😉 This dish looks stellar — it’s going on my “to-make ASAP” list. 🙂

  53. How do you come up with this stuff? Love it. 50 minutes 5x/week?! I had no idea the recommendations had increased. Today I got in an hour. That means it was a good week for the gym this week. Apparently, that’s drops in the sweat bucket.

    I feel much much better now by the way. I appreciate your concern. Twas a rough last week in third year but I’m so happy it’s done!

  54. Stella says:

    Hey Joanne, you make the best looking food. I’m so hungry right now that I’m going to see if I have the stuff to make this. I know I have rice and feta. We’ll see…
    Oh, and thanks for the Men’s Health info-very interesting and thoughtful.

  55. Chris says:

    Does sex count as aerobic exercise, because if it does, I’m good, I’m always good for at least 50 minutes. What? Why is Alexis laughing uncontrollably? 😉

    I like spanokorizo but the first time I made it, I used frozen spinach and it was less than stellar. And Falafel is always a treat. Hmmm I’m thinking I might make a batch of gyro meat this week to enter in your regional recipe thingy.

    Have a great weekend.

  56. Both dishes look so tempting and I love especially the chickpea Falafel. Just love them with some Tzatziki.

  57. Kerstin says:

    I love this meal and have saved the recipes 🙂 I initially got my hubby into going to the gym but now he drags sometimes so I think we’re equal in the working out department. Great post about men’s health!

  58. Well said chic, well said….I especially liked the ‘tastes like spanakopita’, without the guilt!

  59. PJ says:

    1:9 ratio, wow, wouldn’t have thought it was that skewed! love both your recipe.. Greek food is always a yes-yes with me 😀

  60. Azita says:

    Great recipes!I Love Greek food and these look delicious. This is such an informative post. Thanks.

  61. Although I hate cilantro, this really looks good. I can almost taste it!

  62. polwig says:

    Falafel is one of my favorite dishes ever and thank you so much for the baked version. As for the men excercising that is a shame. Unfortunately society puts totally different demands on how man and woman should look. We definately have it tougher and I am sure that especially in NYC where single women outnumber single men women are more forced to become perfect in every way possible.

  63. tigerfish says:

    Your cuisine is as cosmopolitan as NYC! You cooked so widely across food cultures. Gotta learn more from you.

  64. Delicious!!!
    Ur Cuisine is as varied as it is creative as it is Delicious!!
    Ypur pics are so beautiful!!!
    U write so well, i mean gurl ,will i ever telling a star she’s a star?
    Bookamrked !!!
    Gyms…well all the gyms i went to had more men than the pretty women , unless u take the aerobic class or zumba dancing:-)
    I love ur post and u will sure reach out to lods of men and their loved ones here!
    Happy sunday g

  65. Delicious!!!
    Ur Cuisine is as varied as it is creative as it is Delicious!!
    Ypur pics are so beautiful!!!
    U write so well, i mean gurl ,will i ever telling a star she’s a star?
    Bookamrked !!!
    Gyms…well all the gyms i went to had more men than the pretty women , unless u take the aerobic class or zumba dancing:-)
    I love ur post and u will sure reach out to lods of men and their loved ones here!
    Happy sunday gurl!!
    Hah Greece…exotically delightfull!!!

  66. katiez says:

    Great dish, good bit on men’s health….
    But I#m stuck on the 50 min / 5 days a week bit.
    When did that go up? Used to be 30 min / 3 days a week…. For the record I do 45 min 6-7 days, but now that no longer makes me feel superiour. Darn!

  67. Astra Libris says:

    Ohhh, you’ve created my idea of a dream meal… *awed sigh* This would also be one of my father’s dream meals, too, so I shall definitely fix it for him as a belated father’s day meal next time he comes to visit!! 🙂 (I’m totally going to fix it before then, too… 🙂 YUM!!

    Great points about men’s health, too… Here’s to having our guys strong and healthy, right along with us! 🙂

  68. Rachana says:

    Love both the recipes… especially the falafels…delicious!

  69. Erica says:

    Thank you for sharing, lovely pictures and a delicious recipes,Joanne!

  70. Rachel says:

    Beautiful dish! Yummy! Thanks for sending this over to Weekend Herb Blogging.

  71. Carolyn Jung says:

    Greek favorites made more healthy? Now, that’s a grand Father’s Day treat.

  72. Hannah says:

    I’m all over this dish! I never make or eat spanikopida, since I’m not crazy about eating fatty phyllo dough regularly. Just replace the feta with a tofu feta, and I’m set. Thanks for sharing this!

  73. theUngourmet says:

    I didn’t even know it was men’s health week. I had better whip up some healthy grub for my man! 😉 I know, I know, I need to get on my regional recipe! Your Spanakorizo looks amazing!

  74. I love spanakopita, much to my detriment! The spanakorizo looks good. But what I am really interested in is the baked falafel! That totally looks like something I will be making soon!

  75. grace says:

    awesome name for a uniquely delicious dish! yes, not only are women more concerned with health and body image in general, they’re also probably hoping to meet mr right at the gym. clearly, the numbers are not in our favor. 🙂

  76. Luigi says:

    Good grief “50 minutes of aerobic activity five days a week”. OMG!!! scary reading that before lunch. lol..

    The food again looks amazing.. And again im starving to death before lunch.

  77. Eliana says:

    Thank so much for shedding light on this important issue Joanne. Men’s Health is so incredibly important. I am lucky to be married to one that takes his health very seriously. I just wish he was the norm and not the exception.

  78. RamblingTart says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS dishes, Joanne. 🙂 I’m so glad my man is healthy and a healthy eater and cook. It really eases my mind.

  79. msmeanie says:

    Hmmm…maybe it’s that more women work out in the gym, whereas men work out…somewhere else? Don’t know where, so scrap my idea. I like yours better — women are healthier.

    Baked falafel sounds awesome. I just made hummus for the first time this weekend, and this would be a great accompaniment.

  80. Kevin says:

    What an amazing meal! Both the spanakorizo and the falafels look great!

  81. Cynthia says:

    Wow this looks like such a healthy protein and vitamin packed meal! I love the idea of the spanakorizo! I’ve never consciously noticed that so many more women than men go to the gym but you are absolutely right! I better get started on nagging Tommy to hit the gym more often 😉

  82. Marisa says:

    Okay when I saw the recipe title I thought this was your riff on Spanakopita with some chorizo added. And of course, now I can’t get chorizo out of my mind. Not very Men’s Health-y right?

    But your spanakorizo looks pretty damn tasty even without the meaty addition. And as I’m a huge spinach fan I’m sure I’ll be whipping this up in no time. Hey, I don’t go to the gym, may as well get all the health benefits I can get!

  83. Cara says:

    How did I miss this! I’m glad there’s still time – it would be a shame if I missed playing in regional recipes since I just (duh) just returned from this month’s destination 🙂 I think I have something scheduled to post tomorrow that will work!

  84. bonnielu says:

    This looks really delicious! And I concur with Sippity Sup. Plus the weight room is usually packed with guys. And usually smells like it too!

  85. Jen says:

    ok when are you inviting me over?????
    I am going to attempt to make this one day!

  86. Johanna GGG says:

    I love the idea of rice instead of pastry – I never can be bothered with pastry but love rice – and it seems to fall to women to serve up healthy food to men – well that is one way I get my E to eat better – though he is still capable of buying lots of junk

  87. This looks SO good. I love Greek food and love falafel! I made falafels once but was quite disappointed. 🙁 I’ll have to save this recipe.

  88. ejm says:

    Mmmm. I adore falafel and have a major weakness for spanakopita. What an excellent alternative to use rice instead of phyllo pastry. Way easier to make too.

    -Elizabeth

  89. ringr says:

    This was AWESOME all of the classic flavors that I love but without weighing me down. This has really inspired me to do a lot more Greek cooking (I made this last night blog coming soon) – thank you for the work-out inspiration as well!!

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