Friday, March 6, 2009

Almost too easy...

There are days when dinner needs to be done quickly - here's something you can do which is healthy, fun and easily manipulated to your liking.  You can do this with chicken, beef, lamb, or keep it veggie.  The basic idea is build your own gyro.  All you need to do is heat up some delicious flat bread,  make a quick cucumber salad, raita add some feta - maybe a side of hummus or baba ganoush - and dinner is done.  Want to make it even easier?  Get a rotisserie chicken from the market. 

Ideas for you gyro bar:

Kalamata or any assortment of olives
Chopped iceberg or romaine
Cucumber salad (see below)
Cucumber/Yogurt sauce , aka Raita (see below)
Plum or cherry tomatoes - halved
Good quality Feta or goats cheese
Hummus and/or baba ganoush
Flat bread, Naan or pita bread, lightly warmed.
Chicken, beef or lamb - cooked to your liking

Cucumber Salad:

2 seedless cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
pinch of oregano
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
good quality olive oil
dash of red wine or sherry vinegar

Place cucumber and onion together in a bowl, drizzle with oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce/Raita

1 cup Greek yogurt - plain
1 seedless cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
juice of 1 lime or lemon
2 radish, finely diced
salt and pepper

Combine in a bowl and chill until serving.  Keeps for 2 days.

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