Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Favorites: A Few Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas

Are your days busy? Are your nights full of work you brought home, practices, church activities and laundry?  Sometimes you just need a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea.  That's exactly what I'm giving you today.  Two quick ideas that basically use the same ingredients, but in a different form.  These are healthy, yummy, low-carb and of course, Trim Healthy Mama.

Option #1:

I can only eat so many salads before getting bored, so why not throw it in a Joseph's Pita and call it a Greek Pita.  YUM!  I do the same with a Chicken Cesear Salad and call it a Chicken Cesear Pita...I know, I know, I am so creative naming things.  Anyone want me to name their baby?

For the Greek Pita, I used a bagged salad (from Trader Joe's), jarred sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and of course; Joseph's Pita Bread.  I remembered I had some leftover grilled chicken after I took this picture, so I threw that in, too.  

**EMportant Info:  Oil and vinegar are something we all have in our pantry.  You can find it at your local grocery store and it's perfectly fine.  While out Christmas shopping, Mark and I decided to splurge and buy some "fancy" oil and vinegar from the shop Oil & Vinegar.  Let me tell you, this will never be a splurge again.  It will forever be a staple in our home.  The flavors at that store are insane.  We settled on Blood Orange Reisling Grapeseed Oil and Fig Balsam Vinegar.  Wow!  Good news, they have tons of flavors "on tap"  covering a whole wall of their store for you to sample before making your selection.  If you have not been to Oil & Vinegar, take a field trip!  Local friends, you can find Oil & Vinegar at The Shops of Legacy and Watters Creek.

Mix your salad up and top with your favorite oil and vinegar as salad dressing.

The next step is very complicated (insert sarcasm).  Shove the salad in the pita.  As bad as I wanted this to be a pretty picture.  It just wasn't happening.

Option #2:

Let's make pizza!  As your crust, I recommend either Joseph's Lavash flatbread or Flatout Light Flatbread in Italian Herb.  I usually buy these at WalMart, right under the deli counter.  You can also use a Joseph's Pita as your crust, but I prefer a thin and crispy crust.

Speaking of a thin and crispy crust, I like to brush some olive oil on my flatbread and pop it in the oven for just a few minutes while I'm getting the other ingredients out of the refrigerator.

I just place it directly on the rack.  Be careful, it doesn't take long to burn.  Stop judging my dirty oven.

After the crust has turned a nice golden brown, I add my pizza sauce.  Great Value from WalMart has the lowest grams of sugar that I've found.

Then you add your cheese...

And whatever other toppings you desire.  I'm sticking with the Greek theme on this one and adding grilled chicken, red bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese.  I LOVE the combination of kalamata olives and feta cheese.

Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Now, because I think I'm fancier than I really am, I drizzle mine with a bit of balsamic vinegar.  Perfect...and guilt free.

For the traditionalist; here's a pepperoni, jalapeno and olive pizza.  You can't go wrong topping a pizza!

Like I said in a previous post, my ideas aren't life shattering, but sometimes people just need to see a fresh idea.  I hope you'll try it out.

Don't forget, you still have time to enter to win $25 at Hanky Planky.  Go check out Wednesday's post for more details.

Thanks for reading!


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