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greek chicken and pasta

Happy St. Patty’s day! I don’t know if I will be celebrating or not tonight, but I hope y’all do! Perhaps with a Irish lager or something. Am I the only one that hates all the St. Patty’s day recipes that infest the internet and blog world around this time? I’d rather not have Guiness in my chocolate cake.  And I prefer my cupcakes to not ooze green-Jack Daniels infused frosting, thank you. My St. Patty’s day celebrating depends on if the day’s study quota is met. Although, yesterday should make that possible. This is absolutely appalling, but here was my Friday:

7am: Wake up and drink coffee, read blogs, and toast my waffle breakfast for class. (EPIC RECIPE TO COME SOON)

8-9am: Nutrition… I dont even know the title of this class. It is basically 100 different topics, mostly relating to nutrition therapy for disease. This lecture was about epigenetics and how only 5% of the population can benefit from reducing their red meat intake to under 5 servings a week.

9-10am: GI Physiology. I love this class. I love the GI tract. Freudian? Why yes, guilty as charged.

10:10-11:10am: Lift weights at the ARC!

11:30-12:30pm: Make lunch, eat it, chat on the phone a bit.

12:30-1:30pm: Start to study… but then proceed to pass out for an hour.

1:30-6:30pm: Study for finals.

6:30-8:30pm: Make this fabulous dinner below as well as some granola bars based on this recipe. My recipe later.

8:30-10:30pm: Study more. MCAT bullshit.

10:30-11pm: Realize that I HAVE BEEN IN THE SEMI-SUPINE POSITION FOR OVER 10 HOURS and am going CRAZY so go back to the gym. Run 1 mile and do some abs before the ARC closes. I am the only white person there. 11-

12:30am: Study more. FML. Shower and go to bed at 1am.

Being immobile for 10 hours is not good. Humans were simply not meant to not move for that extended period of time. I swear I have bed sores… like that of a coma patient. Also, one should never study in their bed. I only do because my room is the size of a small prison cell and is incapable of fitting anything other than my bed into itself.

Why you should never study in your bed:

  1. You are prone to falling asleep when you really want to be studying. Especially when the material makes you want to stab yourself.
  2. You will begin to associate very negative things, like the MCAT, tests, anxiety, and math equations with your bed. And then, when you actually want to fall asleep, you will feel too anxious sleeping on top the Arrhenius equation to actually do so.
  3. If you do manage to fall asleep, you will dream about doing homework, taking tests, showing up to lecture naked, and then you will wake up 4 times throughout the night in fear or panic.
Anyway, the highlight of yesterday was definitely my (first) workout and this bomb dinner!

 Greek Chicken and Pasta Salad 

Recipe: Makes 2 servings

Inspired by this recipe. It may look long, but it is just the same ingredients over and over again!
For the pasta-
  • 2 cups whole wheat penne, cooked
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatos, whole or sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 or 2 cooked Greek chicken breast (amount depends on preference, recipe below)

For the dressing-

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Greek chicken-

  • 1 chicken breast (if making 2, double all the ingredients below)
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic oil (or olive or grapeseed oil)
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • few shakes oregano
  • few shakes thyme
  • a shake of garlic salt
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions –  Cook the pasta according the directions on the box. To prepare the chicken, slice a raw chicken breast into bite size pieces. Place a pan on the stove on medium low heat and add the oil. Add the minced garlic and rosemary. Lay the chicken over the garlic and rosemary in the pan. Add the lemon juice. Shake the oregano, thyme, and garlic salt over the chicken and let cook. (Note: you can also combine all of the Greek chicken ingredients in a baking dish and bake the chicken at 350 for about 12 minutes, it will be more moist but it just takes longer.) While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and press on the herbs with a fork to release the flavors. Turn the chicken and let the other side cook. Add more spices if desired. Once the chicken and pasta are done cooking, combine the drained pasta, chicken,  tomatoes, and red onion in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing. Add the feta and salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Ah, screw it.

Greek Bliss in a Bowl

I have been wanting to make  several things for months now, and it all came together into one meal last night. Primarily, I have been wanting to make my own tzaziki sauce.  I always see it at grocery stores, but refuse to pay 3$ for a little container when I know it is ridiculously easy to make. I have also been loving on feta and have been thinking about incorporating it into a tzaziki-like sauce. The final thing I have been wanting to make is a balsamic reduction. Ever since I saw it on How Sweet It Is, I have been thinking of all ways I can use it. Be on the lookout here for a sweet potato-goat cheese-balsamic reduction creation in the near future!

With these cravings in mind, I created a..

Greek Salad with Tzaziki Sauce & Balsamic Reduction

A vegetable and bulgur salad tossed with a creamy tzaziki sauce and topped with feta, walnuts, and a balsamic reduction.

I wish it looked as pretty as it tastes.

Recipe: Serves 2

First, start with the veggies and bulgur.

The Greek Salad

1 cup cooked bulgur

1/3 cup onion, diced

1 red bell pepper

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup mushrooms

1/2 tomato, chopped

Topped with: chopped walnuts, feta cheese, smoked salmon (optional)

Directions – Refrigerate the bulgur until it is chilled. Toss with the chopped vegetables.

The Tzaziki Sauce

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 tbsp organic sour cream

1/2 tbsp EVOO

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp onion, minced

1/2 tsp dill

salt, to taste

dash pepper (preferably white)

Optional: feta cheese (I decided to put the feta on top of the salad, but I think blending it into the sauce would be awesome. A feta tzaziki dressing…)

Directions – Mix all of the ingredients together. Mash the onions and garlic into the dip with a spoon or fork. Or, if you have extra time, let the onions, garlic and dill marinate in the olive oil first for an hour or so and then mix it all together.

The Balsamic Reduction

1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar   (or more, I like to make a lot and have extra. However much you use, it will make one half as much reduction)

optional: spoonful of brown sugar (I didn’t add any, its up to your sweet preference)

Directions – Place a small pot on the stove. Add the vinegar and turn the heat up to high. Constantly whisk. Bring to a boil and let the water burn off until it has been reduced to half the amount of liquid. Remove from heat and continue to whisk until it has cooled a bit. It will be syrupy.

This meal rocked and was not difficult in the least to make.

Benefits:

Dill * aids in digestion, is a relaxant, can help ease insomnia, and contains the antioxidants monoterpenes, which protect against cancer!

Greek yogurt * All the same benefits as yogurt, like calcium, but with more protein and less sugar!

Onions * contain anti-aging antioxidants phenolics and flavonoids. A study by Dr. Liu showed that pungent and Western yellow onions protected the most against colon cancer, while pungent yellow, Western yellow, and shallots protected the most against liver cancer.

Garlic * packed with antioxidants that fight aging, cancer, and heart disease! Garlic can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and eliminate free radicals (which cause cellular damage). It is also used to treat asthma and yeast infections.

Bulgur * a whole grain fiber super star.  Also contains B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, manganese.

Balsamic vinegar * has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, contains the antioxidants polyphenols, aids in digestion, can aid in appetite suppression, and can help control insulin sensitivity