Sabtu, 10 Agustus 2019

Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w/Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki

I have the greatest type of Monday meals for you.

Greek meals is delicious on quite so a lot any given day, however it surely surely certain allows to get you by potential of a Monday, don’t cha think?

So you rely how final week how I mentioned August was gonna be all about summer season foods? And that I quite necessary to spend the final full month of summer season consuming everything and one thing that SCREAMS summer? Well, I quite wasn’t kidding. I am going loopy with all of the farm contemporary produce that comes alongside with the month of August. It quite excites me to arise with inventive methods to utilize it all.
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w-Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki |

Although I would possibly need to throw in a couple of chocolate recipes right the following and there that have nothing to do with summer. For some purpose over the weekend I might now not cease considering about chocolate. Probably simply due to the fact my chocolate lover mom is coming again for a couple of days, so I necessary to make one thing that was all about chocolate. You see, when it involves my mom and her chocolate (and me too for that matter) the blending in of fruit is forbidden.

Unless it’s bananas or dates. Banana’s and dates are my purely NULL exceptions.

I also quite sense I must inform you that if you’ve ever considered any raspberries, cherries or strawberries on higher of one thing chocolate I’ve posted, you’ll be able to quite so a lot ensure that I placed them there for the photos. This also potential I maybe picked the berries off and ate them separately. I am simply now not a fruit with my chocolate type of girl. White chocolate, sure, but now not chocolate chocolate.

So, I am taking suggestions. Nothing’s been made yet.
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Ok, sorry about my all too typical diversion there, but I type get severe about my chocolate.

FYI – We all must be severe about our chocolate…no topic the season.
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w-Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki |

On to Greek food.

I made us Greek Plates! Not bowls simply due to the fact I do bowl meals all of the time, so I went with plates. You COULD placed this all in a bowl, but to me plates appear higher with Greek meals anyway.

These plates? They have somewhat little bit of everything. And once I say everything, I imply everything good. We are speaking Greek chicken, marinated veggies, rice pilaf, Tzatziki, tomatoes, feta and home made pita.
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w-Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki |
Have you ever had Greek Souvlaki? I made salmon souvlaki final summer season and fell in love with the the flavors. So I used that recipe, but swapped bird for the salmon. If you necessary to, you might use salmon, pork and even pork or lamb. I suppose pork is what the Greek’s mainly use, but I bet lamb can be delicious too!

Instead of skewering the bird with skewers I used the stems of rosemary. I the truth is have considered this throughout the net this summer season and had been short of to attempt it. The stems are marvelous simply due to the fact they work so perfectly as a skewer whereas the rosemary flavors the meat. And it’s good simply due to the fact they bend. It makes becoming them on a plate the truth is do-able. Hooray!
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w-Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki |

I had the bird souvlaki down but I necessary some carbs to cross with it. Every meal desires somewhat carbs. It does.

So I made this quite primary rice pilaf. It’s a combination of orzo pasta (I used entire wheat) and basmati rice. It’s tremendous primary and excellent for scooping and consuming with somewhat bird + summer season veggies.
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w-Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki |

Ah, the yummy grilled summer season veggies. I marinated them in somewhat of the souvlaki marinade. The marinade retains issues fast and simple, but provides good taste to the vegetables. To higher the dish off – Tzatziki. I don’t suppose any authentic Greek meal is entire without somewhat Tzatziki sauce and feta cheese. Of course any Greek dish also desires to be paired with contemporary home made pita to be quite complete.

Oh, and lots of contemporary herbs. I used so loads of dill, basil and oregano. So good.
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w-Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki |
4.6 from 15 votes
The Recipe
Greek Chicken Souvlaki and Rice Pilaf Plates w/Marinated Veggies + Feta Tzatziki.
By halfbakedharvest
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: chicken, souvlaki

A contemporary and summery greek bird dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings four Servings
Calories 846 kcal

Veggies + Chicken Souvlaki

    1 pound boneless bird breast diced into chunks
    1/4 cup contemporary lemon juice
    1/4 olive oil
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon smoked paprika or paprika
    1 tablespoon contemporary dill
    1 tablespoon contemporary oregano
    3 cloves garlic minced or grated
    1/2 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon pepper
    6 sprigs contemporary rosemary optional
    2 red pepper cut into fourths
    1 inch zucchini sliced into 1/4 rounds
    1 inch small eggplant sliced 1/4 inch rounds
    1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

Rice Pilaf

    3 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup orzo pasta use gluten loose if needed
    1 cup white or brown basmati or jasmine rice
    1 clove garlic minced or grated
    2 1/2 cups bird broth or water
    1/3 cup kalamata olives
    1/4 cup contemporary herbs or 2 tablespoons basil pesto
    2 tablespoons pine nuts

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    In a medium measurement bowl or glass measuring cup combine the lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika, dill, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the bird to a gallon measurement ziplock bag and pour half the marinade over the chicken, toss well, making certain the bird is totally coated within the seasonings. Place within the fridge. Add the veggies to a bowl and toss with the rest marinade. Set aside.
    To make the rice. Heat a 10-12 inch sided skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and orzo pasta. Allow the pasta to get moderately golden and toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and toast the rice one other 2 minutes. Add the garlic and train dinner 30 seconds longer or till the garlic is fragrant. Slowly pour within the bird broth and deliver the combination to a boil. Once boiling, hide and scale back the warmth to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
    Meanwhile, pre warmth the grill to medium excessive heat.
    Grab your rosemary and strip the herbs clear of its woody stem. Thread the bird onto the rosemary stems (or simply use skewers), setting them on a plate as you go.
    Grill the bird for 3-4 minutes per side, gently flipping 2-3 occasions till bird is cooked by potential of and has pale char marks. While the bird is grilling grill the zucchini and eggplant slices for about four minutes on every side, or till tender. Grill the red peppers for about 5 minutes flipping as soon as or twice throughout cooking. You would possibly also use a grill pan to do that and even simply train dinner everything at the stove. Remove everything from the grill.
    Fluff the rice with a fork after which stir within the kalamata olives, pine nuts and contemporary herbs.
    Divide the rice amongst plates or bowls. Add some grilled veggies + tomatoes to every plate after which 1-2 bird skewers. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve with warm [pita bread |

Recipe Notes

*I all of the time train my [Tzatziki |] earlier than I soar on one thing else. That method it has time to sit within the fridge and the flavors can mend together.