Monday, August 31, 2009

Going Greek

Last Thursday my high school girlfriends came over for dinner after work. We decided to utilize the abundance of cucumbers and tomatoes in our respective gardens and do some kind of chicken gyros. Well the pictures look like a mess on the plate, but it was quite delicious. If you have time, I would recommend making the tzatziki and cucumber salsa during nap time or when you have the kids occupied, or the night before if you're at work, or whatever "in advance" means to you. They only take a few minutes each, but it helps to have it already done. If you do those in advance AND use rotisserie chicken then this meal really couldn't be any easier.


***(The small personal size of Greek Yogurt makes enough for 2 people. I also recommend the brand Fage, it is thicker than other brands. The rest of the ingredients will be based off of this small size, but double or triple to your amount. Really, you flavor to your personal taste. ALSO of note, the Costco version of tzatziki is made with sour cream, gross!! For the nutritional benefits of Greek Yogurt, read this blog by fellow blogger on Mile Posts )

Greek Yogurt
1 lemon
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl chopped fresh dill
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 chopped cucumber (if you're feeling ambitious, you can put these ingredients in a food processer and blend, I just do the quick verison and leave chopped.)
salt and pepper to taste
Stir all ingredients together and chill.

Cucumber Salsa

1 medium chopped cucumber
1 chopped tomato
1/2 chopped red onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
2 tbl olive oil
2 tbl chopped fresh parsley
1 tbl chopped fresh mint
juice from 1 lemon
Salt to taste - mix all ingredients and chill.


Grilled chicken would be ideal, but I just cooked mine sliced thinly in a pan. For a quick weeknight meal I would actually recommend shredding a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. In any event, slice your chicken into strips.

In a pan heat 2 tbl olive oil, fresh rosemary, fresh oregano and garlic. Heat through for about 3 minutes or until flavors meld but do not burn. Then toss herb mixture with chicken.

I used Indian bread, naan (found at most grocery stores now) as opposed to pita because its a little thicker. You know how pita sometimes breaks when you try and fold it. But use whatever you like or have on hand.

I even decided to use my naan as a scooper as opposed to a wrap :) I layered fresh lettuce (from the farm, yum!) chicken, tzatziki and then cucumber salsa on top.

Mmmm, delicious and nutritious.


la mia dolce vita said...

Gwen looks so ready to get into that

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