Greek food is so flavorful and fresh tasting. And many of the dishes are surprisingly simple to make. Using store bought tzatziki here is a time saver, but if you want to make it from scratch, it’s pretty easy. It’s just a mixture of plain Greek yogurt, garlic and cucumber pieces. You can skip the tzatziki if you don’t like it, then just substitute some hummus to add in more moisture.
310 calories per serving
1 lb. chicken tenders
1 t Greek seasoning (mix of oregano, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika)
1/2 c tzatkizi
4 8 inch pita breads
2 c romaine lettuce, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 cucumber, seeded and cut into strips
1/4 c crumbled feta cheese
Spray a large skillet with Pam. Heat on medium high and add chicken. Sprinkle with the seasoning and cook 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned and done throughout.
Slice pitas so you will be able to fill the pocket. Add chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and tzatziki. I often slice the chicken up first so it gets more distributed throughout the sandwich.
This is a nice quick lunch that is satisfying and nutritious. Don’t like pickles? Try chopped celery or onion in the tuna instead. Change up the side vegetable for variety. But I like to keep the tzatziki (dip made of yogurt, garlic and cucumber) for dipping, it’s lo cal and yummy.
378 calories per serving
1 can solid white albacore tuna packed in water
3 slices pickles (Claussen Burger Slices)
2 ½ T mayonnaise with olive oil
¼ t onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices (45 cal each) wheat bread
20 small green olives stuffed with pimento
2 c carrot chips
½ c Tzatziki (store bought) for dipping carrots
Drain the tuna and place in a bowl. Chop pickles into small bits and place in bowl with tuna. Add mayo, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix with a fork.
Toast bread and put ½ of the tuna mix on each sandwich. Divide olives, carrots and tzatziki among plates.
This Indian condiment / sauce is great served next to any spicy dish. It will remind you of tzatziki because of the cucumber and yogurt, but the similarity ends there with a whole different flavor combination from the green peppers and cilantro. This is so refreshing and at 23 calories per serving, you can serve it next to just about anything.
7 ¼ c servings
23 calories per serving
8 oz. plain low fat yogurt
2 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped or grated
¼ c finely chopped green bell pepper
2 T finely chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
¼ t ground cumin
¼ t salt
Whisk yogurt and add all the rest of the ingredients other than the pepper. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. Sprinkle with pepper just before serving.