The Perfect Summer Pita {grill + clean + light}

I am really in the mood for light and refreshing summer food.  Like I could eat watermelon all day, drink lemonade and sun tea, and grill until my flame runs out.  That kind of summer food mood.

How about you?

So the other day, I was really in the mood for something with a light Tzatziki sauce with chicken and vegetables.  I whipped up this pita and it hit the spot.  I was also thrilled that it was a good balance of grains, protein, veggies and entirely clean spices and flavoring.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

grilled chicken pitaYou could add banana peppers and black olives to this, too.

grilled chicken pita

grilled chicken pita

 

Summer Chicken Pita with Lemon Dill Tzatziki

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable
Region Greek

Ingredients

  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tomato ((any type you can chop or slice))
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (separated in half)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 packet whole grain pita pockets

Directions

In a bag or shallow dish, mix half the yogurt with 2/3 garlic, cumin, and oregano. Add the chicken and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
While chicken in marinating, make the lemon dill sauce by mixing the other half of yogurt, leftover garlic, dill, 1/2 the cucumber (diced), red wine vinegar, and salt to taste.
Cut up the red onion, tomato, cucumber and spinach.
Grill chicken on medium heat until they are no longer pink inside. Discard the leftover marinade. Shred or cut up the cooked chicken into strips.
Fill each pita with vegetables, chicken and top with sauce. You can also add feta cheese or banana peppers, and olives if you choose.

Rob literally could not wait for me to stop taking pictures so he decided to just dive in!

chicken pita

Speaking of diving in, Quinn really enjoyed her Greek yogurt finger paints the other day.  finger painting quinn finger paints quinn

I just added a drop of food coloring to the yogurt.

finger paint quinn

Ironically, she is not feeling well and I hear that Hand Foot and Mouth is going around.  Pray for us!  Poor baby had a fever all day yesterday so I hope she starts getting better soon.

Alright, I am off to test my pullup workout and snap my pics for you!

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