Thursday, August 6, 2009

On The {healthy} menu tonight....

Upon looking for a healthier way to make gyros, I came across this recipe. It's not exactly a "gyro", but I think it will make a good substitute. I had an out-of-nowhere craving for them, and since the hubby loves gyros {and grilling}, I figured, why not?

As far as health adds up to about 330 calories per serving and 5g of fat. Doesn't sound too bad =)

I will have to come back later and let you know how they came out. =) Here is the recipe, found at

{it was YUMMY!}

Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seeded cucumber
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or mint
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 small or 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1. Preheat grill to medium-high or position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. If grilling, oil the grill rack (see Tip). If broiling, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.

2. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on the grill rack or prepared pan and cook until no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on the size of the breast. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine cucumber, yogurt, cilantro (or mint), lemon juice, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Thinly slice the chicken. Split open the warm pitas and fill with the chicken, yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 333 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 32 g protein; 6 g fiber; 637 mg sodium; 485 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv), Magnesium (21% dv), Iron (20% dv).2 1/2 Carbohydrate ServingsExchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat

What are some good sources {websites, books, mags, etc.} for healthy recipes???

tags: gyro, healthy, diet, low fat, indian, spicy, health, pita bread, recipe, low calorie


Jessica N. said...

I just bought Clean Eating magazine. You can google "clean eating recipes" and tons of stuff will turn up.

Cherylg said...

Oh yah,if you check my blog, you will find a link to an excellent site for recipes.


PS keep up the good cooking!!!

Cherylg said...

Where do you get garam masala?

Brittany Rivers said...

Thanks Jessica! I wil check it out.

Cheryl- I will take a look at your links. Thanks for sharing! I get the Garam Masala at an Indian grocery store that I shop at often. But you can get it at any grocery store, McCormick's Gourmet Collection makes it....but it is quite a bit more expensive to buy it that way. Especially if you use it often.

Rachel Roberts said...

I get the Rachael Ray magazine every couple months. It always has super easy and inventive recipes! :o)

This one looks so delicious! I'm gonna have to try it out!

Brittany Rivers said...

Woohoo for rachel ray! Love her recipes, but maybe i should get the magazine. great idea =)