Easy Weeknight Dinner – Pita Bar
My son is a super picky eater. He doesn’t like most meat. most vegetables and is pretty much a typical four year old. So in our house, dinners usually are pasta, or some sort of “bar”. With everything being separate, my kids can go through, and pick what they want, be happy with it, and because I chose each of the toppings, I’m usually not worried about their nutrition for the night. (If he had it his way, he would have his Halloween candy for dinner every night.)
We get sick of Taco Tuesday, because it’s more like Taco Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday around here. So I love a good alternative to a bar meal. Enter, PITA BAR!
I’m not claiming these are authentic pitas or gyro, because they are not… but a huge pack of pita bread is less than $3 at our local Costco, so we like this one a lot. I usually eat it like a salad (with the pita on the side.. who are we kidding), Dan likes the old-fashioned pita, and my kids usually just eat hummus with a spoon. You win some, you lose some.
Here’s the recipe I use!
3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Lemon Pepper
Hummus (any brand!)
Diced Red Onion
- Cut up chicken thighs into 1/4″ pieces, and season with lemon pepper.
- Put olive oil into pan over medium heat.
- Put in chicken and cook in pan until cooked through, about 12 minutes.
- Put your bowl/sandwich together!
Literally, that’s it. I love a romaine base with all the veggies, then the chicken and cheese, then the tzatziki, hummus, and a squirt of lemon juice. (I am loving this style of giant salad bowl lately! They are definitely on my Christmas list.)
Other great topping ideas are: Kalamata Olives, Steak, Falafel (I love Trader Joe’s frozen falafel!), Spinach, Bolthouse Yogurt Dressings, Red Peppers… use your imagination!
If you’re really not feeling like cooking, pick up a rotisserie chicken, and this is officially a NO COOK DINNER! But still, completely healthy and delicious. (Score!)
We love this meal as a simple weeknight go-to. Do you have a meal that your family loves? Especially a “bar”? Let me know in the comments below!
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