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    This is actually a Paula Deen recipe and it's my fav chicken pita pocket recipe - i double the batch and make chicken salad with the leftover chicken.

    Marinade for Chicken
    3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice,
    3 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 teaspoons dried oregano,

    Rinse the chicken breast and pat dry. Combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic and 1 teaspoon of the oregano in a glass dish. Add the chicken, turn to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the chicken breast to marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

    I grill the chicken slice it up and serve in a pita pocket with grilled onion and shredded lettuce topped with tzaziki - A MUST!! So cool and delicious. If I have time I make my own - but my grocery store carries a decent pre-made one.

    Also optional - but highly recommended is another saucey-condiment:

    2 small tomatoes, finely chopped
    1 cup crumbled feta cheese (1/4 pound)
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1 teaspoon oregano

    Combine the tomatoes and feta cheese in a small glass dish. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice, the olive oil, and 1 teaspoon oregano, and stir to combine. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

    Her online recipe adds kalamata olives, alphalfa sprouts and bacon - I like my simplified version. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/p...ipe/index.html

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    I have NO kitchen right now...we are in the middle of a complete tear-out/reno. It's been going on for waaay too long already, no end in sight.
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    I do a lot of salads. I also take advantage of some of the yummy pre-made stuff at the local markets. I'll get a rotisserie chicken and cut it up to make this delicious pasta salad. I got the recipe from Sunset magazine:

    Penne with Chicken and summer vegetables

    8oz penne pasta
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 garlic cloves
    2 red bell peppers, sliced
    2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
    2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
    1 lb large cherry tomatoes, stems on but trimmed
    1/4 tsp red chile flakes
    1/4 tsp each kosher salt and black pepper
    1 cup fresh basil leaves
    1/4 grated parmesan

    1. In a large pot, cook pasta. Drain, reserving some of the pasta water, then return to the pot.

    2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add garlic, peppers, and zucchini and cook until mixture starts to brown and veggies start to soften. Add chicken and tomatoes and cook until warmed. Season with chile flakes, salt and pepper.

    3. Toss veggie mixture with pasta, adding a little reserved pasta water to moisten if needed. Serve with basil leaves and parmesan.

    This is delicious and even the baby loves it.

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    Salad Nicoise - lotsa variations - with fresh crusty baguette. Can't beat it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    I have NO kitchen right now...we are in the middle of a complete tear-out/reno. It's been going on for waaay too long already, no end in sight.

    Bwahahahaha! Better you than me! Sluce will be along shortly to torment you.
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    If I hear one more person say "but just think how beautiful it will be when it's finished" I'm going to shoot them.
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    panzanella, sandwiches/wraps/tortas (veg or with meat; usually salami or ham), grilled food (veggies, fish, burgers, sausages, various bbq'ed meats), mexican-style cold chicken salad on tostadas, mexican-style shrimp cocktail, ceviche, cold thai peanut noodles with veggies or chicken. those are our most often made dinners and lunches during the summer. i go to the gym really early and then like to gulp coffee and cook after that, so i don't have to use the stove during the hottest part of the day. it's kind of my summer routine this year.
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    Greek salad. No cooking! I just get baby spinach, cucumber, some olives if there are any around, cherry tomatoes, avocado and red onion with a block of fetta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. Now I wish it was summer!
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    Pasta salad - cool and satisfying. Any kind of pasta (both filled from the refrigerated section at the grocery as well as elbow or twist pasta), veggies of your choice (I used lots of mushrooms, artichoke hearts, broccoli, asparagus, hearts of palm, cauliflower, black olives), maybe some tuna or crab meat, with guacamole ranch dressing as the "sauce" and a zing of some hot mustard mixed in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
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    If I hear one more person say "but just think how beautiful it will be when it's finished" I'm going to shoot them.
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    These are all great ideas. I keep my weight under control as long as I don't eat out too much. When I get bored of food, and cooking, I tend to eat out or grab something on the way home. Then before I know it, I am up 3-5 lbs. I am trying to eat clean and most of your ideas will fit in nicely.
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    Lots of pasta salads since we have lot of veggies from the garden. Cook some of those little shell shaped pasta, mix with a bottle of zesty Italian dressing, add cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. We also have a lot of tomato sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches with soup.

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    ^^^
    you can save yourself a lot of sodium and sugar and/or unnatural crap (and money!) by making your own italian dressing. just whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. chop some shallots or green onions into it if you're feeling creative, or whatever herbs you have lying around. you can also add mustard. or a dash of balsamic. way healthier and more delicious than store bought dressings, even 'light' or low calorie ones.
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    Plus it impresses the hell out of people watching you. "Did you just make salad dressing?" and then you stare at them like they're insane
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    I was so afraid to make salad dressing. I thought it would be hard or taste bad. Once I made it on my own, I can't go back to bottled. I love using lemon, olive oil, a little white vinegar and salt to make a yummy summer dressing.
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