#ad Chicken Breast Gyro with Homemade Cucumber Sauce Recipe

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Hi friends! New years is just a day away and I have my goals set, written down and highlighted. I have decided that this year is the year I am actually going to make my dreams happen! (I might say that every year, but this year I mean it!) Have you decided what your goals for 2014 are going to be yet? One of my goals, one that I feel will be moderately attainable, is to eat healthier foods. Lately I have been letting my standards slide. I have a serious sweet tooth problem and have been known to call a coke and a snickers bar a pretty good breakfast on more than one occasion. (Yes, I know. . you don’t have to tell me how bad that is). So today, after feeling pretty crappy from my horrible meal choices during the last week mainly because of the holiday cookies, I decided that I would get a jump start on my healthy eating goal. Why wait until tomorrow to do what can be done today. Am I right?

Now I have one super sweet and amazing mother. My mother decided to set me up with a membership to Sams Club for Christmas. She has been a long time customer of Sams Club and wanted to share their amazing deals and great selection of healthy foods with me. See, shes sweet. Always thinking about me. Well, today was my first time shopping there and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, after finding what I did today. . I am happy to be a new member! Packages of NatureRaised Farms chicken breast for only $1.49/ pound. Are any of you Sam’s Club shoppers? Why didn’t you tell me about this before?!?

You can demo this chicken at participating Sam’s Club stores on 1/04/14!

If you’ve never heard of NatureRaised Farms chicken breasts before, let me fill you in. NatureRaised Farms chicken is my families go to chicken brand. The chickens are antibiotic free, vegetarian fed and cage free. All of the chickens from this brand are raised on independent farms and meet with third party animal welfare certifications. They use no fillers, artificial colors or preservatives.

I bought the chicken of course, plus a lot of other stuff, so now I shouldn’t have to grocery shop again for at least a month. lol. Have any of you ever shopped at a Sams Club? The package sizes are HUGE! I feel like I am preparing for the apocalypse or something. I am starting to wonder if my family will be able to eat all of this food that I bought before it spoils?  Good thing is, however, the Nature Raised chicken packaging was perfect. The large package was divided into four chambers, each holding two large chicken breasts. The packaging is made so you can easily separate the compartments and freeze what you wont use right away and keep the rest out. I didn’t even have to re-bag the chicken, just popped the perfect portioned bags into the freezer! Loved that!

So without further ado, here is my first healthy meal of 2014. Even though it is not quite 2014 yet. Cheers to better food choices!!

Chicken Gyro

Ingredients: 

NatureRaised Farms Chicken Breast
Garlic Salt or your favorite chicken seasoning
Flat Bread Pitas 
Shredded Cheese blend
optional: onions, tomatoes 

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Directions: 
Start by preparing your chicken in your favorite way. You can either grill the chicken or cook it on the stove top. I seasoned my chicken with a garlic salt blend and red pepper flakes. Once the chicken was fully cooked I sliced it into strips. 
Before serving, warm your pita’s by placing them in a skillet over med heat until slightly toasted. Serve pitas topped in cooked chicken, sliced cucumbers, cheese and homemade cucumber sauce.

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Cucumber Sauce

Ingredients: 
1 cup Greek yogurt 
1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 cucumber – diced small
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Directions: 
Simply mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate until your ready to serve.  

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This meal made for a super easy and quick lunch that I felt much better about eating than a slice of pizza. Now, I am not one to diet, so this is not going to be a diet. I believe that simply making better choices and eating foods that are yummy will work for me. Some of you may have noticed my recipe for the cucumber sauce was missing the sour cream and mayo. That is because I swapped them out for a more nutritious option, Greek yogurt. For further knowledge Greek yogurt can be substituted in equal increments to sour cream or mayo in just about any recipe.

So tell me, what are your goals for the new year? If eating better is one of them your in luck, cuz I’ll be sure to share all of my recipes here on the blog. If you have a great recipe you think I should try, send it to me at raisingdickandjane@yahoo.com.

Happy New Year!
<3 Dick and Jane


Very Veggie Quesadillas

 
So what are you planning on having for lunch today? This is always a tough decision around my house.  I get tired of sandwiches every day, but do not want to spend the time to create a big meal. So every once in awhile, I will make this dish.  I learned how to prepare this meal from a chef that I met while working as an event planner. (You may not have known that about me). He made me lunch one day while I was meeting with clients in the facility in which he worked. After the meal I headed back into the kitchen and begged for a tutorial. So, now I have decided to share this tasty, easy and healthy meal with you!
The recipe is easily changed depending on what you have on hand.  I sometimes switch up the ingredients with what is in season, so just use what you like.
 
Ingredients
(Mix and Match to your tastes)
 
My favorite veggies to include:
Zucchini
Summer Squash
Leek
Carrots
 
8″ Tortilla Shells
Mexican Blend shredded cheese
Sour Cream (optional)
olive oil
  1. Begin by adding 1 TBS of oil to a saute pan on med high heat. 
  2. Chop your veggies into small slices and add to oil.
  3. Saute until veggies are slightly brown and tender.  You do not want to over cook your veggies
  4. Remove cooked veggies from heat, set aside
  5. Add one tortilla shell to your pan and top with a handful of cheese and sauteed veggies.
  6. Top with a second tortilla
  7. Once the bottom tortilla has browned, flip and heat the opposite side
  8. Remove from heat and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream.
Tip: To wash your leek, chop the white end up until the green starts. Discard the green leaves.  Place the white slices into a bowl full of water. Separate the rings of the leek and allow to soak for approx. 2 minutes.  The dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl and the clean leek can be scooped out and dried on a towel to use.

My kids enjoy this meal as well. Its a great all around healthy lunch.
 
Bon Appetit!
<3 Dick and Jane