Tag: yogurt

Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce

Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce

Ahhhhh. That’s the sound of a happy mom who’s getting a little bit of a break! My two daughters are away for the week spending time with their grandparents on the farm.  They will be showing goats and exhibiting their culinary and artistic creations at the […]

Chicken Avocado Lime Salad

Chicken Avocado Lime Salad

Happy almost Easter!  I survived having the kiddos home on Spring break last week and also hosted four of my daughter’s nine-year-old friends for her birthday sleepover.  It never fails to surprise me at how rambunctious and LOUD a small group of young girls can […]

Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps

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After many small moments of chaos last weekend, like the brakes not working properly on our moving truck (kind of a big deal), and then having the electricity taken out by a careless driver running into one of the poles and knocking down the transformer, we finally got moved in.  Normally, the electricity going out wouldn’t be that big of deal (the driver who hit the pole was fine, by the way), but when you move to an acreage that is on well water and septic, it meant we also had no water and no sewer since the electric powers the water pump to get to the house.  Luckily, the wonderful electric company had the power back on by nightfall.  Plus, it gave us opportunity to meet the neighbors when they generously brought over a generator to borrow so we could plug in our refrigerator. Such nice people!!  We may be moved in but not quite settled. It really does feel like home and we are all enjoying the space and especially the sound of nothing but the breeze, birds and crickets out my back door.  Even more fun, I have a chicken coop in my backyard which will someday host a small flock of chickens.  Speaking of chicken… let’s talk chicken shawarma lettuce wraps! 

Chicken sha-what did she say?!   Chicken Shawarma.  It’s sort of like a taco, sort of like a gyro, and all sorts of wonderful with a middle eastern flavor.  As usual, this recipe is easy. Combine spices with a pound of chicken. I used pasture raised chicken thighs since they tend to have a deeper flavor and have a bit more fat content than chicken breasts which is good for maintaining tenderness while grilling.  You can put the delicious chicken filling in a lettuce wrap as I chose to do or in a pita.  Then add your toppings of red onion, tomato, cucumber and a to-die-for yogurt sauce and your mouth will be VERY happy.

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Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps
 
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Recipe type: Main Dishes
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 to 1¼ pounds chicken (I used thighs)
  • MARINADE:
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • YOGURT SAUCE:
  • ¼ cup plain unsweetened yogurt (dairy or non)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • TOPPINGS:
  • cucumber, diced
  • tomato, diced
  • red onion, diced
  • cilantro, roughly chopped
  • large lettuce leaves for wraps (use two leaves per wrap for added stability)
Instructions
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or large zip top bag and toss with the chicken. You can grill right away if you choose or let the flavors combine and marinate for up to 24 hours.
  2. Turn grill onto indirect heat by lighting one burner on medium for a gas grill or moving coals to one side of the grill for charcoal grilling.
  3. Place chicken on the grill and turn every 5-10 minutes until cooked through approximately 30-40 minutes.
  4. While chicken is grilling, whisk together yogurt sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. When chicken is finished cooking, dice into small bite size pieces.
  6. Assemble wraps using two lettuce leaves like a taco, top with chicken, cucumber, red onion, tomato, cilantro and yogurt sauce.

 

Strawberry Yogurt Bites

Strawberry Yogurt Bites

  After a stressful morning yesterday, we pulled it off and closed on our new house!!  It was a beautiful day to CELEBRATE!!!!!   Now it’s on to more packing as we have about two weeks to slowly move to the new place before we close […]

Roasted Carrots and Radish with Harissa Sauce

Roasted Carrots and Radish with Harissa Sauce

One week to go until we close on our new house and the process is finally going smoothly so we’re now expecting to close on time. Wheeee!!  I may actually get to plant a garden this year and that makes me VERY happy.  Vacations also make me happy.  This […]

Spicy Yogurt Dip

Spicy Yogurt Dip

SONY DSCThis week is going to be a simple one easy recipe post kind of week. My husband, Jason, and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary on Thursday so we’re skipping out of town to celebrate.  We were married in the Van Dusen mansion in downtown Minneapolis on a rather warm day for January so as a fun reminder of our mansion wedding, we are staying at a mansion turned bed and breakfast in a nearby town.  I am SUPER excited to leave the kids behind and get out for some wining, dining and relaxing together.  Grinning from ear to ear at the notion of getting out with my main man!

Football season is quickly coming to a close this weekend so I’ll leave you with one great appetizer for your Super Bowl party spread.  This spicy yogurt dip is packed with flavor and spice to go perfectly with any dippers you choose to serve it with.  Veggies, pretzels and even chicken skewers go wonderfully well with spicy yogurt dip. Using a homemade salsa or one that’s not super chunky will work best to give it the right dippable consistency. I’ve used this dip as a marinade for chicken breasts as well and they turned out deliciously moist and tender with exceptional flavor.  Best of all, spicy yogurt dip comes together in about 5 minutes for a super easy appetizer!

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Spicy Yogurt Dip
 
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Recipe type: Sauces and Dips
Cuisine: vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup salsa (thinner less chunky salsa works better)
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼-1/2 tsp salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Serve with veggies, pretzels, chicken skewers or other dippers of your choice!
Notes
makes about 1½ cups

 

 

 


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