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Healthy Living: Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki


I just returned from my annual beach vacation to Virginia.

Not born, but bred in the capital of the confederacy, I return to my home state every summer with my boys to meet my entire family at Sandbridge Beach, just south of Virginia Beach.

I have four siblings. They have spouses. They have children. It’s a week of carefully (and sometimes not –so-carefully) controlled chaos in our beach house. Chaotic, but completely glorious.

Needless to say, mealtimes can be one of the most trying times of the day. Each sibling – and my parents – take a night to cook dinner for the entire crew.  “What’s for dinner?” is often the most-asked question of the day. The meals are magnificent!

This year, my mom made chicken souvlaki with tzatziki. A Greek dish, souvlaki is simply a skewered and grilled meat. Mom used chicken in order to appeal to the large crowd. Tzatziki makes the dish, in my opinion. Made with Greek yogurt, the light, refreshing tzatziki sauce packs a powerful punch on the grilled chicken and elevates it from a meal to an experience. Sitting on the deck of the beach house, I was instantly transported across the ocean.

Everyone loved this dish. Greek  yogurt has substantially more protein than standard American yogurt. A 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt, contains a full 15 grams of protein. Additional protein can help you to feel full and satisfied. A 6-ounce serving also provides 20 percent of your daily calcium needs.

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 seedless cucumber, finely diced
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients except chicken, place them in a sealed container and let flavors blend for a few hours. Skewer the meat, and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Serve with sauce.

Nutritional Information: Calories 198; Calories from Fat 37; Total Fat 4g; Sodium 232mg; Total Carbohydrates 3g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 1g; Protein 36g


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