Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas

This recipe comes CLEEEEEAR from Costa Rica, where Dale’s sweet family lives.  Cousin Karen, was kind enough to type out and email me this recipe.   

  As soon as I read the ingredient list, I knew it would be right up my alley, but wasn’t sure about the rest of my fam.  But guess what, they LOVED IT!!! {Minus the feta for them…..I adore feta so I saved it for mine!}

  I decided to quick share it in August, so we can all still beat the heat with this easy supper recipe.  Whole wheat pita pockets were much easier to find then I thought they would be!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas

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Mediterranean Chicken pita

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sour Cream Or Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 3 cups Cooked, Seasoned And Chopped Chicken Breasts
  • 1 whole Red Pepper
  • 30 wheels Pimento Stuffed Green Olives
  • ½ cups Diced Red Onion
  • ½ cups Fresh Cilantro
  • 15 ounces, weight Can Of Garbanzo Beans, Rinsed And Drained
  • ¾ cups Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 12 whole Wheat Pita Pockets
  • Lettuce Leaves & Sliced Tomatoes
  • More salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions

Combine first 4 ingredients and set aside.
Combine chicken, chopped red bell pepper, chopped olives, red onion, cilantro, garbanzo beans, seasonings and feta cheese. Taste and season more as needed.
Add sour cream to chicken mixture and stir well. Line each pita pocket with lettuce and a slice of tomato, stuff with chicken salad and serve immediately.

   ~T

Mulberry Picking, Mower Races & A Simple Summer Supper

  Thanks for letting me have a break yesterday.  Phew, it was a crazy day.  The worst part of the vacation has to be either the drive home, or the pile of laundry, bills and phone call messages to swim through.  I have lots of photos to share from our Colorado trip, but I am going to need some time to weed through them.  So instead, you are getting some “Summer Snaps” from life at the Ferguson household………

  We have Mulberry trees the grow all over our back yard.  They make a terrible mess, the chickens eat them and poo purple, and the kids get them all over their shoes.  {Which is why there is a STRICT no play shoes in the house rule!} 

  But, boy are they sweet and yummy and FREEEEEEEE!  We pop em in our mouths, green stem and all, and they are delicious.  Every once in a while, when I am feeling generous, I let the kids have them on a teeny tiny dollop of Breyer’s Vanilla ice cream. 

  Yeah, I am cool like that.  😉

  Next time we will wait to do our Mulberry gathering until Daddy comes home, so he can help us do the ol’ shake the tree with a clean sheet under it trick.  It took forever our way!  But our harvest sure tasted good!

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  I censored the following photo for the safety of my kiddos, after some perv stole a picture of Destiny fully clothed sitting on her new bedspread, we try err on the side of caution on the blog now.  The bottom right photo was of Paxton’s berry stained buns.  It was interesting to me, that when I posted the uncensored pic on my personal page, which to me feels safe, I got turned into Facebook, who removed the collage!  {sigh}  Some people!

  Do you know how many bathtub pictures and naked baby pictures I see on my newsfeed everyday? And I never once reported them.  OH! And don’t even get me started on the scantily clad women in the ads on my sidebar.

Oh well.  What can you do? 

  Moving on….

  We recently sold our John Deer mower to get a Grasshopper mower, but before we got rid of it, we held some MOWER RACES.  Guess who won?

Yup, this girl. 

  What do you mean Grasshoppers are naturally faster than John Deers?

FIIIINE, you are right, but it was still fun to lap slow traffic a couple of times. 

  After that, poor, poor, sad Paxton did not WANT to ride on the green mower anymore.  He had to wait his turn to ride with Daddy on the Grasshopper.

  As you can see by the photo below, he was not feeling it……

  Gotta love my almost 3-year-old!  We don’t call ‘em “The Trying Threes” for nothing!

mower races

  Last but not least, I re-photographed an oldie but goodie simple summer staple around here.  I enjoy seeing the changes in my photography as I learn more.  You know what they say, the only photographer you should compare yourself to, is YOU!

Potato Stick Chicken Salad

2011’s shot 

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Vs.

2013’s shot

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YAY! Improvement!  It’s so fun to work hard, and see growth.

  Now go make that salad, it’s a favorite!

Hugs, T

Mexican Chicken Salad Wraps

This Mexican Chicken Salad is awesome! I could totally see me making it every summer for an easy “go-to” supper, after a day at the pool.  It was delicious the first night, served warm AND just as good the next day cold from the fridge!!!!!

Mexican Chicken Salad

(For Wraps or Chips)

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Ingredients

  • 8 whole Chicken Breast Strips, Cooked And Shredded
  • 4 ounces, weight Mexican Cheese
  • 1 can (16 Oz. Can) Mexican Beans With Chili Sauce, Partially Drained
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 ounces, weight Green Chilies
  • 1 package (about 1 Oz. Packet) Taco Seasoning
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • ½ cups Mayonnaise
  • Sliced Olives And Tomatoes To Taste.
  • For Serving: Tortilla Chips, Whole Wheat Tortillas

Mix all ingredients together and serve with chips or tortillas. Simple and delicious!

We served this in bowls, as pictured, and dipped chips into the chicken salad.  It tasted great with guacamole and salsa on the side as well.

~T

Potato Stick Chicken Salad

  What does supper prep look like at your house?  Mine pretty much looks the same every night. 

This is what I see:

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  No matter how hard I try to have supper ready at a decent time, my babies….every blessed one of them….have picked 4:30-5:30 pm as “Fussy Time”.  It doesn’t matter if I have done every lick of supper prep in the AM, or whether I’ve saved it all for 4:00. It doesn’t matter whether they’ve had a big snack or a little snack, no matter what……they cry and cling to my leg.  235

  Thank God they outgrow it soon after the year mark, but MAN, until then….AHHHHHH! I want to pull my hair out.

  Despite the crying urchin clinging to my leg, I was able to make this yummy supper for us last night. 

  My mom made this all the time when we were kids, and I LOVED it! Especially the crunchy potato sticks you get to put on top.  This is such an easy salad to throw together in the morning for a delicious supper on the fly.  We love to serve it with fresh corn on the cob!

POTATO STICK CHICKEN SALAD

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups Cubed Cooked Seasoned Chicken
  • 1 bunch Celery, Finely Diced
  • 10 ounces, weight Package Carrot Shreds (I Take Out 1 Handful As I Feel The Whole Package Is Too Much Otherwise)
  • 6 Tablespoons Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 2 cups Frozen Peas, Thawed
  • Miracle Whip, Just Enough To Moisten
  • Garlic Powder, Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • Dill, To Taste, Optional
  • 7 ounces, weight Container Of French Fried Shoestring Potato Sticks

Mix together all of the listed ingredients except potato sticks, adding just enough Miracle Whip to moisten it to your taste. Refrigerate until serving time, this will keep great overnight as well.

Serve the salad topped with potato sticks in individual bowls.

Summer’s over, and fall foods are just around the corner, so you better make this quick! 

 ~T

Re-photographed 6-25-2013

Potato Stick Chicken Salad