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Easy Greek-Style Shredded Chicken

Easy Shredded Chicken

Next time you have one of those frantic days that just won’t quit, give this recipe a whirl.  It’s a busy mom’s dream come true.  Just grab some chicken out of the freezer, crank up the ole Crock Pot, and forget about it.  Or at least for a few hours, anyway.  What I love best about this recipe, though, is that the chicken ends up both moist and packed with flavor–two attributes commonly lacking in Crock Pot fare.

My version down below has got some Greek flavors going on, though you could easily switch things up.  I’ve done this with citrus-y flavors, balsamic vinegar instead of wine, and all sorts of different herbs and spices–all good.  And I use this chicken in all sorts of ways: tacos, wraps, salads, pasta, panini sandwiches, you  name it.  I’ll often cook up a batch at the beginning of the week just to have it on hand for a quick lunch or dinner.  I’m all for easy these days, how about you?

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Crock Pot Coconut Curry Chicken with Red Potatoes

Crock Pot Coconut Curry with Chicken

Okay, okay.  It is true that in the past (in fact, not that many posts ago), I have prattled on about the glories of enameled cast iron and how such braises prepared therein are vaaaastly superior to what you can cook up in the humble Crock Pot.  However!  That is NOT to say that there aren’t some seriously delicious Crock Pot recipes out there (I’ve been secretly amassing them).  Add to that the fact that most of these recipes are just so easy.  While some may involve a little saute action prior to being added to the slow cooker, others require nothing more than a can opener, a bit of chopping, and your ability to dump ingredients into the pot.  Gotta love that on a crazy day.

I’d say this dish is worth the effort, but there really is no effort involved.  So.  Easy.  You can also tweak this recipe in any number of ways–more/less curry, more/less spice, more veggies, different meat (or tofu!)–you get the idea.  Plus!  If you are trying to lose a little of that jiggle in 2013, this recipe would be an excellent addition to your repertoire.  Just a quick nutrition analysis will tell you this dish is rich in antioxidants, a great source of protein, includes complex carbs for lasting energy–even the capsaicin found in those tiny chili peppers might just give you an edge with your weight loss efforts.  All of this–and more!–for a  mere 333 calories (442 if you serve it up with some rice).

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Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon Thyme

I tell you, as soon as the weather drops into the 60’s, I am all about fall cooking.  Though we never really relinquish the grill, I do find myself inspired to heft out the ole’ Dutch oven and I catch myself daydreaming about roasts and braises, almost wishing for the cold weather so I can get to some serious comfort cooking already.  This time of year, I also get excited about my herb garden, particularly those herbs I tend to neglect in the hot summer months.  I don’t know about you, but rosemary, sage, and even thyme scream autumn to me and I look for excuses to sneak them into just about everything.

Which brings me to this recipe.  Now, everyone should know how to roast a chicken.  Though wrestling with the whole bird may seem a little daunting, there is really nothing to it.  In this recipe, you’ll first create a compound butter, which is simply a butter that has been mashed up with all sorts of aromatic deliciousness–fresh herbs, garlic, lemon zest, and seasoning.  Once made, you’ll then spread your creation under the skin of your bird.  Season the outside with a generous sprinking of salt and pepper and–voila!–your chicken is ready to pop in the oven.  Baking a few russets alongside is a no-brainer.

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Kotopoulo Riganato tis Skaras (Broiled Chicken Oregano)

Here is another great recipe from The Complete Book of Greek CookingAs you’ll recall, I’ve been cooking up and posting adaptations of these recipes and thus far, they have been great.  I definitely recommend it if you are looking for some seriously good, home-style Greek cooking.

If you’re like me (and many of my clients), you are always on the lookout for new ways to cram some flavor into chicken breasts.  Not only does this recipe deliver big garlic and oregano flavor, but it is also super easy.  Bonus?  You can add this one to your arsenal of heart healthy recipes.  A quick word regarding cooking method here:  While you can certainly broil the chicken, I’m always quick to fire up the grill.

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Teriyaki Udon with Beef or Chicken

My family loves this dish.  Stir-fried veggies, a good dose of garlic and ginger, udon noodles, sweet and savory teriyaki sauce–what’s not to love?  I’ve made this a couple times now, once with chicken and today with beef.  In both cases, I marinated the meat for a few hours in teriyaki sauce before throwing onto the grill.  Easy peasy.  For my veg friends, some crispy tofu–fried in the hot pan and then removed before adding the veggies–would most certainly be delicious as well. (Might just make that next time, come to think of it…)

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Souvlakia me Kota se Peta

Souvlakia me Kota se Peta

Though summer may not have officially started, Memorial Day weekend at the lake is definitely a great time to kick-off the grilling season!  As promised, here are actually 3 different combined recipes from The Complete Book of Greek Cooking.  I’ve only tweaked them slightly and have included my changes below.  These pitas are perfect for lunch or dinner and the tzatziki dressing makes them amazing.  When you take a look at the recipes below, don’t be put-off by the steps and ingredients.  Both the chicken and tzatziki are super easy to make and can be prepped several hours in advance, saving you that last-minute frantic rush before serving.

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Citrus Grilled Chicken

Apple Blossom Festival is upon us, and with it, the Food Fair!  Ah yes, even a dietitian such as myself can get a little giddy at the thought of funnel cakes, tortatoes, and food vendors as far as the eye can see…though the outrageous prices do keep one in check, thankfully.  I have to admit, I always get a good laugh whenever I cross paths with past or present clients.  Despite the fact that I, myself, might be toting an enormous plate of questionable food, my clients will often duck behind a tent or attempt to hide their food from my gaze when I pass.  And, even when I haven’t seen a familiar face, I inevitably receive guilty emails of confession after the fact.

In any case, we are headed to the Food Fair tomorrow and my husband has accordingly requested something light for dinner…a little pre-penance.  This recipe for Citrus Grilled Chicken is one of my stand-by’s for such an occasion (and many others, for that matter!).  Quick and easy both to prepare and grill, I throw it together whenever I need something in a pinch with great flavor.

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