I found a great recipe for homemade pita bread over at Good Cheap Eats so I'm using that tonight. It wasn't hard, and I love the idea of not having to go to the store for pita bread.
I love tzatziki sauce, it reminds me of a dip that some friends make, but it's way healthier. And yet, still tasty. I found a recipe that's pretty simple to make in a Weight Watchers cookbook. I've changed it a bit, but not too much.
Yogurt cheese sounded scary for me at first, but it's really not, I promise. It's just two cups of plain yogurt that you put in a coffee filter and sit in a strainer in the fridge, for as little as two hours or as long as overnight. DON'T forget to put the strainer over a bowl or you'll have a nasty fridge. At least I'd imagine. =)
1 cup yogurt cheese
1/2 cucumber, peeled and grated, squeezed dry
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 TBSP chopped fresh dill (you can substitue dry, but only use 1/2 tsp)
1/2 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
Combine these ingredients and let the flavors mix and mingle... anywhere from a couple of hours to a day or so.
The chicken was originally going to be a gyro recipe, until I realized that I don't have any oregano. So it kind of became something else. I recently bought some garam masala at the health food store. I love getting spices there because you only have to buy a tablespoon or so if you want. And it's all organic so that means no fillers. Anyway, it's been sitting in my cupboard for a couple of weeks and I've been itching to use it. So I did.
1 lb chicken tenderloin
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp onion powder (not onion salt)
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp salt
Combine these ingredients and let it marinate for about an hour, more if you have the time.
When it's all gotten happy in there, saute it in a hot pan over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through. Serve it on pita bread topped with feta cheese and the tzatziki sauce. Yum.
Or do what I did and load up the chicken with the cheese and sauce and then dip the pita in it... double yum.
As far as dessert, boxed brownies make me happy. Add a little cinnamon to the top before you bake them for an extra special flavor. A little ice cream and some chocolate and caramel sauce and you have a birthday dish fit for a king. Or at least a birthday boy.