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Spankopita Pastry

Pure Anthem

GREEK
VEGAN
(Serves 4)

I was so excited to try a GREEK recipe!  My love for Baklava in the past kept me curious about Greek food, but I never tried vegan-style until now!  And wow!  Was it a home-run hit in our house!  The whole family LOVED it!  It is light, crispy, and oh so tasty!  The cheesy texture of the tofu mixed with the chia seeds and spinach creates a taste and texture that could possibly be sold on the brick roads of Greece!  My dad told me I could make this everyday.... I may take up his offer! ;-)

INGREDIENTS:
-3 tablespoon olive oil
-1 yellow onion, minced
-2 tablespoon garlic, minced
-1/2 cup EXTRA FIRM TOFU, smashed well
-1 cup spinach
-4 tablespoon NUTIVA Organic Chia Seeds
-1 teaspoon sea salt
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 cup NUTIVA Organic Coconut Oil, melted for brushing
-1 tablespoon NUTIVE Organic Chia Seeds, for garnish
-1/2 box of Phyllo Dough

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.) Heat the olive oil in a non-stick sauce pan.  When the oil is hot, add the garlic and let sizzle for a couple minutes.  Then add the onions!  ***PRE-HEAT your oven to 350 degrees F.

2.) Once, the garlic and onions are brown and a bit crispy, add in the spinach and stir until the spinach is soft and then remove from heat!  We don't want to kill all those wonderful vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that the spinach contains, we just want it to blend with the flavors of the garlic and onion for just a second!=)

3.) In a medium size bowl, add the tofu, chia seeds, salt, pepper, and onion-garlic mixture and mix well! And then set aside!

4.) Now!  Here is the fun part that is going to make you feel so GREEK!  When you open your box of Phyllo Dough there should be 2 different packages in the box.  Use 1 of them for this recipe!

5.) Be careful, these Phyllo Dough sheets are really thin and will rip easily.  Take one sheet and put in a  baking pan, any baking pan size will work, theoretically.  It really just depends on how you want your pastry to look. Then spread the coconut oil over the first sheet.  Then add another sheet, and spread the coconut oil with a brush.  Add a third sheet. Spread the coconut oil.  Add the fourth sheet.

6.) Now spread about half of the tofu mixture on top of the dough.  Add another sheet of dough over the mixture. And then spread the coconut over the dough.  Repeat this process 3 or 4 more times.  Then add the remaining mixture on top of the dough.  Now add the rest of the sheets of dough on top of the mixtures.  Repeat until the package is gone!=) 

**IMPORTANT TIP: Cut your pastries into whatever shape or size you want BEFORE you place it in the oven!  This makes it MUCH easier for you to serve after it has been baked!

7.)  Once you have used all of your dough, brush more coconut oil on top of the pastry and sprinkle with chia seeds!  Put in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown!  Make sure it's nice and crispy and enjoy!!