stop trying so hard

The humorous life lesson I learned after this dinner. Hours I spend in the kitchen, mostly for my own relief from the day, whipping up delicious things for myself and the hubs. Twelve-ingredient marinades when I make him some handsome meat, or spend hours roasting and puree-ing. But when Andrew called me to say, “That was the best dinner you’ve ever made. Ever. Nope, I can’t even think of one I liked as much,” I know I’ve got to stop putting so much effort into what I’m feeding my mate.

Just an hour between work and a long late-night meeting meant throwing together something simple and filling that Andrew could enjoy at home, and I could pack in my purse. This meal takes truly less than ten minutes. Done.

On my snow day off work, I saw a V8 commercial that said, “Do you ever wish vegetables tasted less vegetabley?” If your answer is yes, maybe this isn’t your dinner.

Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches (or Andrew’s Favorite Dinner of All Time)

adapted from Bon Appetit, November 2007

serves 4

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 1/4 cups chopped seeded plum or cherry tomatoes

1 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber

1 cup chopped green bell pepper (or jarred roasted bell peppers, chopped)

2/3 cup chopped red onion

1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 1/2 ounces)

several romaine hearts, sliced thin

4  8-inch-diameter whole wheat pita breads, halved

3 organic chicken tenderloins, grilled and sliced (Andrew’s addition)

1/3 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (Lindsey’s addition)

fresh mint would be delightful, if you’ve got it

Cut red onion and toss in small bowl with half the vinegar (a handy trick I learned from America’s Test Kitchen to tame raw onion). Whisk olive oil and red wine vinegar in large bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Mix tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and your protein of choice into dressing. Stir in feta cheese.

Salad can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Using slotted spoon, transfer salad mixture to pita bread halves. Serve sandwiches immediately. Delicious with my favorite white bean dip.


Filed under budget, dinners, health, lickety-quick

2 responses to “stop trying so hard

  1. Julie

    yum! definitely going to make this.

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