Keeping it Simple and Colorful This Summer {Recipe}

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Feeding yourself, your family and especially toddlers can sometimes feel like a mundane task. Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? You’re not alone!

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant with my third little boy. For the last several weeks, my imagination and motivation for meal planning and serving has been lacking to say the least. Especially trying new recipes. I desire colorful, nutrient-rich foods for myself and family, but having these items ready for meals, and especially snacks seemed harder than usual [insert feeling in a rut!].

A few weekends ago we had a small get away with some friends. Our hostess for the weekend was just the motivation I needed to remember how enjoyable fresh, colorful foods are how just having them out and available makes you feel good! [yes, I know.... said the dietitian!]. 

Each morning she would have all fresh fruits out on various plates (grapes, berries, pineapple, clementines, etc), and as the afternoon rolled around, she would bring out the veggies (carrots, cucumber, sweet pepper strips, celery, etc) and occasional dip to accompany them. There was not a variety of chips, crackers and other traditional snack type foods that people gravitated towards. Most of the items were left out through the day which allowed adults and kids alike to have nutritious foods available at all times.

Her example made it re-click for me. Keep it simple! Healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Things don’t have to be fully prepped or cooked perfectly. Take the foods you have or enjoy, have them out or make them readily available. As summer approaches and everyone seems to want to snack more- this is the perfect time to make this your goal along with me! 

Over the last few weeks I have been trying various recipes that include the fresh fruits or vegetables that I already have prepped and ready to go. Below is a Greek-inspired chicken pita that was easy, delicious and full of color!

What are some of your favorite easy, delicious and full of color meals? I would love to know and try them!

Greek Chicken Pitas

This recipe calls for using the crockpot for the chicken, but you could grill or sauté your chicken for faster meal preparation.

INGREDIENTS

1 medium onion sliced

1 clove garlic minced or garlic powder

1-pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenderloins

1½ teaspoons lemon pepper

½ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

4 pita pocket breads

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tomato sliced

½ cup cucumber, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper sliced in thin strips

½ cup shredded carrots

1-2 avocado cubed

Red pepper flakes on top for an extra kick, optional

 DIRECTIONS

In a slow cooker, combine onion, garlic, chicken, lemon pepper, oregano, and allspice. Mix to coat the chicken with seasonings. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. *You could cube the chicken and sauté or grill the chicken for faster meat preparation. *

Once the chicken is finished, heat pita bread as directed on the package.

*In my meal I used thin flatbreads. I would recommend sticking with the pita pockets as the flatbreads did not hold together well and the pita experience is obviously maximized with actual pita bread! *

Remove the chicken from the crockpot and place on cutting board. Shred or cube chicken.

When ready to serve, stir yogurt into onion mixture in the crockpot.

Scoop chicken into warm pita bread pockets, topping with yogurt/onion mixture. Top with desired veggie toppings. Enjoy!

       

*Recipe originally adapted from keyingredient.com, bns0607*

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