Archive for April 25th, 2009

Mediterranean Veggie Pita

Another healthy salad sandwich!  I’m on a roll!  (Get it?  Roll?  Ha…?)

  • 1 cucumber, seeded peeled chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped & drained well
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained well
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup halved Kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tbsp each chopped fresh mint and oregano*
  • salt & pepper to taste – easy on the salt, the olives and the feta may be enough

Mix everything together.

Serve in pita bread w/ hummus.

*Not in the original recipe, but obviously needed!

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Jerk Chicken; Havana Black Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice

If I didn’t live on the 4th floor, I would have done the chicken on the grill.  It was still pretty darn good in the oven.

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Jerk marinade / sauce:

  • 1 habanero, Scotch bonnet or jalapeno pepper (remove seeds & ribs if using habanero or Scotch bonnet)
  • 2 scallions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp allspice, freshly ground if possible
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (or 1/2 cup pineapple – it’s all going in the blender anyway)

Combine everything in a food processor, puree until smooth.  Reserve 1/2 a cup for dipping.

Combine the rest with 1 whole chicken (cut up) and marinade overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400F.  Cook chicken for about an hour.

Serve w/ beans and rice (those recipes have already appeared in this blog).  Make sure you have extra limes for squeezing on top.

Dylan Report: He loved the beans but wasn’t interested in the chicken.  He generally doesn’t like rice, so we haven’t tried this version on him yet.  (Maybe I’ll make a rice cake and tell him it’s a spinach pancake…)

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad (sandwiches)

Warm weather = salads.  Finally!  This was delicious as a sandwich filling, but would also be good with some shells or rotini for a picnic pasta salad.

  • 2 cans good-quality tuna
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained well & coarsely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup each chopped fresh basil & parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Mix everything together in a bowl.  Eat.

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