28 August 2007

Valli's Greek Wraps

Volcanic Island of Nea Kemeni, Santorini, Greece

The weekend is getting closer once "Hump Day" arrives. Wednesday is a good day!!! I usually get to relax on Wednesdays which also means quick meals..or not...depending on how I feel in the moment. Sometimes I go elaborate, but this wrap is one of my mainstays when I don't feel like cooking anything else. Quick and easy...just perfect for a Wednesday!!! I always have a container of Greek tzatziki in the fridge from a local Greek restaurant that supplies the grocery stores these days. I used to live right across the street from them.

There is a sandwich shop close to where I work that has the most delicious wraps on the planet. I came up with this recipe to emulate their Greek-style wrap...because as you know for those who follow my day to day adventures.."I love all things Greek"!!!

I am told wraps originated in California in their sunny, health-conscious environment and have taken over the sandwich market to a certain degree. I always use a whole wheat tortilla wrap to have a lower carbohydrate intake. This wrap is served semi-warm with the rice and chicken freshly cooked. I suppose you could eat it cold as well, but I can't wait to dive in, so, it doesn't last long enough.

Photo was taken in the bay of Erinia, I believe it is called, off the volcanic island of Nea Kemini in Santorini, Greece.

Val's Greek Wraps

**Valli's Greek Wraps**

6 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4cup dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 ground fresh pepper
1 cup tzatziki sauce
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
2 tomatoes, chopped
Handful of sliced, black Kalamata olives (optional)
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup jasmine rice, cooked and still warm
Greek seasoning, to taste (I use Club House brand)
6 whole wheat tortilla wraps or pita breads

1. Rinse the chicken, pat dry, and place in a large ziplock bag. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a jar; cover and shake to mix. Pour oil/lemon juice mixture over chicken into bag and refrigerate overnight.

2. Remove chicken from bag and cook in skillet for 3 - 4 minutes per side or until chicken is no longer pink, brushing with leftover marinade. Remove chicken from skillet and slice into small cubes.

3. Spread tzatziki sauce onto wraps. Pile up each wrap with chicken cubes, 1/2 cup jasmine rice, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Sprinkle each with Greek seasoning to taste. Fold in ends of wrap and roll as tightly as possible.

Serves 6

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  2. Wraps are one of my favorite lunch time treats. I will have to give yours a go! Just a tip for you. Sometimes I am in a hurry (not suppose to be but..) so I have found that Uncle Bens has a precooked rice in a pouch that only takes 90 seconds in the microwave. My favorite is the whole grain brown rice. Not bad for rice in a pouch when in a rush!

  3. Sounds good. I have been craving a soulvaki pita sandwich for a while now. This looks like it would hit the spot.

  4. Valli...you never cease to amaze me with the interesting, delicious sounding recipes you share. I love the way you use herbs as well. You are a fabulous inspiration. :-) These wraps sound and look wonderful.

  5. Holler- hump day is Wednesday ..it is a term for the middle of the week...I was going to say American term and then I thought I better not... :)
    Valli, they look great, as usual. I have decided to vacation atyour house ...since I know I will like the food..

  6. These sound incredibly tasty and wholesome. What a great idea!

  7. Marta..thanks for visiting...
    Deb..thanks for the tip, I have seen the rice but haven't tried it yet.
    Kevin..hope you like it.
    Holler..Hump day is a term for Wednesday the middle of the week. It compares the week with going up a hill or road and you go up and hit the hump or bump and then go downhill from there to the weekend...TGIF

    Thanks Belinda, Marye and Truffle..I love all of your blogs!!!!

  8. Valli, can I have a bite? It looks so good!

  9. I love wraps and yours look so delicious. I like my wraps warm too. It's 10 a.m. now and you are making me hungry for lunch!

  10. Yum, yum, yum! This wrap sounds wonderful!


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