Chicken Kabobs , Tzatziki and Cilantro Tabbouleh


Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food are always on the list for the most healthy of diets. The addition of olive oil and garlic, lemon juice are some key components. Tabbouleh is a light lemony side salad dish made with cracked wheat (bulghur) and lots of parsley. I don’t like parsley much so added more cilantro instead. Even though it is at freezing here today, this light, refreshing meal will remind me of summer. Enjoy!

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Cilantro Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

2 cups Cilantro, chopped finely

1 cup Parsley, chopped finely

1 cup each of chopped tomatoes and cucumber

2-3 cloves garlic minced

3 green onions, chopped finely

1/2 cup Cracked wheat or Bulghur wheat

1 cup hot water

Dressing:

Juice of half a lemon

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

salt and black pepper to taste.

Method:

Boil the water and pour over the cracked wheat and let stand, covered for 30 mts. Now prepare all the ingredients for the salad and toss together. Check the cracked wheat. The water should have absorbed, but if there is any remaining, just drain. Add to salad. Mix dressing ingredients and toss together. Serve chilled as an accompaniment.

Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients:

6 chicken thighs, skinned and cubed into boneless kabob pieces

Marinade:

1 cup chopped cilantro

1 cup chopped mint

2 stalks green onion

6-7 cloves garlic

4 green chilies

1 tbsp. yogurt

Juice of half a lemon,

1 tsp Lemon zest

1/2 a tomato

2 tsp Cumin pdr

1 tsp coriander pdr

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
Wood or metal skewers

Method:

Clean and prep chicken thigh meat. Set aside. Puree all the ingredients of the marinade in a blender. Should still be able to see specks of the cilantro and mint leaves. Pour over chicken. Let marinate covered in fridge for minimum 1 hour. (Overnight is even better)

Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 mts. Discard leftover marinade. Skewer meat onto them and broil or grill for 25-30 mts until cooked. Should have some brown spots on the meat. Serve immediately.

Tzatziki
Ingredients:
1 cup yogurt
5 cloves garlic
1/2c chopped cilantro
1 cup diced cucumber
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and purée for a few seconds. Chill.

Top a Pita bread with chicken kabobs and Tzatziki sauce, accompany with Tabbouleh salad.

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