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March, “in like a lion and out like a lamb,” can often be a tricky month for planning a menu. The exact origin of the expression is a bit difficult to trace, though The Paris Review notes that “one of the earliest citations is in one Thomas Fuller’s 1732 compendium, Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British,” with “the wording as ‘Comes in like a Lion, goes out like a Lamb.’”
With many chilly days still lingering on in March until the start of spring, hearty vegetable soups can be a delicious option for those weeknight meals on those cooler, even blustery, days. Salads are, of course, the lighter option as the warmer days begin appearing around the end of the month. Prep the ingredients in advance so you can stir together a tasty dinner in a fraction of the time.
2 tablespoons Greek extra virgin olive oil
1 medium-large leek, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon Greek sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 medium sweet potato, grated
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup cauliflower florets
10 cups water or vegetable stock
1 cup short pasta, such as ditalini
Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the leek, garlic carrots, celery, bell pepper, bay leaves, and thyme. Season with about half of the salt and pepper and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Add the grated sweet potato and cook for about two minutes. Add the cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower and cook for another minute, then add the water or stock. Raise the heat to medium high to bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 12 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until tender, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining salt and pepper and serve hot after removing the bay leaves and the sprigs of thyme.
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon Greek sea salt, divided
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
4 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the vinegar. Add the cabbage, carrot, bell pepper, and celery, and toss to combine. Set aside for about 15 minutes. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the vegetables and transfer them to a separate bowl. Discard the liquid. Add the oil, red pepper flakes, pepper, and remaining salt to the vegetables and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately or cover tightly and store in the refrigerator to chill for 15-20 minutes until ready to serve.
ATHENS - At the end of August 2022, I announced a legislative initative for the upgrading and modernisation of the protection, the operation of the security agencies and the operation of the communications and after the change in National Intelligence Service's (EYP) leadership and the establishment of double check to the legal intrusions," stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressing the parliament on Thursday during the debate on Justice Minstry's bill on the lifting of the communications confidentiality, cybersecurity and protection of the citizens' personal data.
WASHINGTON — The House gave final approval Thursday to legislation protecting same-sex marriages, a monumental step in a decadeslong battle for nationwide recognition of such unions that reflects a stunning turnaround in societal attitudes.
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