Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

This chicken recipe is a super healthy take on a gyro. It’s made with marinated chicken with Greek yogurt and herbs. The good thing about this is you can put anything else you’d like in the pita. Below I gave a few options. This particular one I made I put feta cheese, onion, tomato and kalamata olives. Yum! This comes out really delicious. It’s super simple to make and great for left overs. This chicken is great even on a salad. The marinade really makes it!

Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

Chicken:
6 chicken breasts, diced
2 T olive oil
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 lemon juice and zest
3 garlic cloves, grated
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 t dill
2 t oregano
1 t parsley

Directions: In a medium mixing bowl add the above ingredients except the chicken. Mix well to incorporate. Next add in the diced chicken and mix to make sure all the chicken is coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

Tzatziki Sauce
1 1/2 cups cucumbers, grated
1 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 T extra virgin Olive Oil
1 T dried dill, (2 T fresh)
1 T lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 t salt

Directions: Once cucumbers are grated wrap in a towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. Do this until most of the excess moisture seems to be removed. Add to a bowl. Add in all the above ingredients. Mix well. Place in the refrigerator to let the flavors marry. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Save for later.

Gyro Extras:
Pita bread
Onions
Tomato
Kalamata Olives
Feta Cheese
Cucumbers
Lettuce
Peppers

Directions: Heat a large non stick skillet on medium high heat. Once heated, add in the chicken. Make sure the chicken is completely flat and not overlapping. Turn the pan up to high. Let the chicken cook 3-4 minutes and then mix and let cook another 3-4 minutes. In order to get the nice coloring of the chicken you may need to drain any excess liquid. Sometimes the marinade produces to much liquid. If that happens, just drain out the liquid and that will help the chicken brown and get crispy.

To assemble the gyro warm the pita slightly. You can either warm in the oven in foil or the microwave wrapped in paper towel. Add the tzatziki sauce to the pita and top with a few spoonful of chicken. Next top with your favorite toppings. I personally like onion, you can use white or red, tomatoes and some kalamata olives, add some crumbled feta and enjoy!

Note: This chicken is great frozen. You can freeze any extra for another meal. Use any toppings you like to make the gyro delicious to you.

Herb Crusted Salmon

This salmon dish was a huge hit when I made it. I used a larger piece of Alaskan salmon to make this dish. It can easily be made with smaller portions. Salmon hasn’t always been my favorite. I’ve learned to make it in ways that limit the fish taste to me!! LOL. Give this recipe a try and I’m sure you’ll love it as well.

Herb Crusted Salmon

Ingredients:
1lb Alaskan salmon, skin on
1 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t dill
2 t parsley
1 t salt
1 t pepper
3 T Dijon Mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl add in the panko breadcrumbs with the seasoning above and mix together. Add the salmon to a oven safe dish. Pat the salmon dry. Add the dijon mustard and brush over the salmon, fully coating it. Next top the salmon with the panko breadcrumbs. Drizzle with lemon. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. (Note: Cook time will vary depending on thickness of the salmon. Also, I prefer mine well done so I cook mine longer.)

Zucchini & Onion Linguine with Olive Oil

I love making a new dish and especially when you make it and you are SO happy with the outcome.  I love sauteing zucchini and onion with a little olive oil.  That’s where this pasta dish comes in. I just turned it into a deliciously light meal.  Perfect vegetarians meal or those meatless Mondays! Give it a try. You will not be disappointed!

Zucchini & Onion Linguine with Olive Oil

Ingredients:

1 lb linguine
3 medium zucchinis, cut in half moons
1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T butter
2 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t oregano
2 t parsley
1 t crushed red pepper, optional
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese

Directions:  Cook pasta according to the package.  Set aside once done with a drizzle of olive oil.

Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat.  Add in 1 T of oil and let heat.  Next add in the garlic and onion and cook 2-3 minutes, stir often so the garlic doesn’t burn. Next add in the zucchini and let cook.  You will want to cook about 10-12 minutes over medium heat.  Stir often.  You want the zucchini to be very tender.

Season the zucchini mixture with garlic and onion powder.  Add in the pasta and season with oregano, parsley and crushed red pepper (if using.) Mix in the olive oil and butter. Let butter fully melt, completely tossing.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cheese and serve!

Note: You can omit the butter, it just give it a nice smooth finish.  I prefer the zucchini to be super tender. If you want it to have a bit just cook less time.  Cooking time will depend on the heat and size of the zucchini.  You can use fresh or dried herbs. I made this last minute so I used dried, since that’s what I had on hand. Also, I know I added garlic and onion powder as well as fresh garlic and onion….I always use that! 🙂
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Coconut Cream Dessert

One of my favorite desserts growing up and to this day is a Coconut Cream Dessert my Mom use to make! It’s so light and creamy and a perfect summer dessert.  It’s really simple and just a few steps and you will have this coconut heaven!  Take a look and give it a try!

Coconut Cream Dessert

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powered sugar
8 oz container cool whip
2 boxes instant coconut cream pudding
3 cups milk
2-3 cups coconut flakes

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  In a medium bowl mix together the flour, butter and chopped walnuts.  Once fully mixed, press into a 13×9 glass baking dish.  Bake in the oven until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool. (Note: It’s best if the walnuts you put in the crust are smaller then mine shown, it makes the crust stick better if they are slightly smaller.)

Add 2-3 cups of coconut flakes to a baking sheet. Spread evenly.  Place in oven to toast. Keep a very close eye as coconut can burn super quickly.  You want a nice golden color.  Start with 8 minutes and watch from there.

In a mixing bowl add in 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup of powder sugar and cool whip.  With a spoon mix until completely incorporated.  Spread evenly over cooled crust.  Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

In another mixing bowl add in 2 packages of coconut cream pudding with 3 cups cold milk. Let set slightly then spread over the toasted coconut evenly. (Note: this will look very lumpy but it’s from the coconut in the pudding.)

Top the pudding layer with the remainder of the cool whip and finish off with more toasted coconut.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours to let set. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Note:  In my photos it’s a smaller portion.  The recipe is in fact for a 13×9 pan!  Make as much coconut as you like. I LOVE toasted coconut so I always make extra and put more then probably needed and I like to eat it! 🙂

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Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw

This recipe for these shrimp tacos couldn’t be any simpler!!  I love using shrimp as my protein because they cook so quick!  The good thing with this dish is you can make the slaw the night before.  Once ready to eat just cook up the shrimp and heat up the tortillas and you are ready to go! This is definitely a healthier taco!! Super delicious and full of flavor.

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Slaw

Ingredients:
Slaw:
8-10 oz coleslaw mix
3-4 T lite mayonnaise
1 T extra virgin olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
2 Jalapeño peppers, diced (seeds removed, leave some seeds for spicier taste)
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Shrimp:
16-20 medium shrimp, cleaned & deveined
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 t chili powder
1/2 cayenne pepper, optional
1 T olive oil
4-6 soft tortillas

Directions: In a medium bowl mix together all slaw ingredients.  Add more mayo if needed. I prefer a less creamy slaw (watching my figure lol.) Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Once done, cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

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Fully season the shrimp with salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne. Heat a medium sauté pan on medium high heat.  Once heated, add in olive oil and let heat for 1 minute.  Add in shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes before flipping.

Shrimp cook very fast and are cooked when they are no longer opaque and are light pink in color. Once the shrimp is cooked, remove from the pan.

Warm up the tortillas before assembling.

To assemble add 3-5 shrimp to tortilla and top with a heaping spoonful of slaw and serve. The amount of shrimp and tortillas will depend no only on size of shrimp but how many shrimp you put in each taco.

Note: Normally ALL my tacos have cheese, however, seafood and cheese don’t really go. You don’t even miss the cheese with this slaw but if you want to add cheese you definitely can.

 

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

I love prosciutto! Any way I can possibly add to a dish I will do! This is a very easy but fancier side dish!

This side dish has a nice “WOW” factor. These little asparagus bundles are wrapped with salty crisp prosciutto! Yum!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients:
1 lb asparagus
6-8 slices prosciutto
1 T olive oil
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder

Directions: Preheat oven 400.  Chop the bottom 2 inches off the asparagus.  Bundle 5-6 stalks of asparagus together and wrap with a slice of prosciutto. (You can make the bundles bigger or smaller)

Drizzle the bundles with olive oil and season with the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Bake in the oven for about 12-18 minutes. (Time depends on the temp of the oven and also how you like the asparagus cooked) If you prefer the asparagus to be cruncher, cook for about 12-13 minutes, if you prefer it softer cook 17-18 minutes.  By this time the prosciutto will be crispy! Enjoy!

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