If you're friends with me, you're aware of my healthy obsession with Mediterranean food. It stems from my heritage and culture and makes my mouth and stomach oh so happy. While I love indulging in my favorite Med/ Greek restaurants I also know it's not economical to spend about $10 each day on a pita wrap. So I make them at home and they taste just as good!
I like buying all the meat and produce I'm going to eat for the week on Sundays then dividing them up by day and seasoning. I always make sure to have at least one Mediterranean recipe and it's often the one I look forward to the most.
For this particular wrap I used some homemade chicken shawarma season, homemade red pepper hummus, some fresh veggies and, a warm pita bread.
Chicken Shawarma Seasoning (made for 3 chicken breasts):
2 tsp smokes paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less depending on your taste buds!)
1 onion sliced
4 cloves garlic minced
I like to let my chicken marinate for at least an hour in the fridge before storing it into a freezer safe container or cooking it. That way all the yummy seasonings are soaked into the meat properly and we don't have dry meat with some seasonings thrown on top of it. Depending on time I either cook the meat on the stove or pop it into the oven.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (2 servings)
1 can of chickpeas
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 ground cumin
A handful of baby spinach
First finely chop the baby spinach in a blender and set it aside. Then throw everything else in the blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Mix the two together and voila. I like adding baby spinach to my hummus because it's virtually tasteless and so healthy! A win if you ask me!
You can purchase both shawarma seasoning and hummus from a local ethnic grocery store but, I prefer making mine from scratch. They're both family recipes so I know exactly what's going in them and how good it will taste.
Any quick eats, you love to make? Comment and share!