Summer Make Ahead Meal: Pita Pockets

Life really picks up in the summer with longer days and more flexible schedules. I like to get out and live, but I definitely also like to come home to a good meal instead of scrambling around trying to drum something up with leftovers. So I turned to Pinterest to solve my problem. I found lots of good ideas for summer meals, but this stood out as an easy make ahead meal, that still feels light and is packable for summer. These slow cooker Greek pita pockets originally by Mel’s Kitchen Café are the perfect solution for me and my family. The meat cooks during the day, then you can assemble and eat at home or pack them as a picnic! It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons

  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 4 pita pocket breads, cut in half

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

  • 1 tomato, sliced or diced

  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips

Combine the first six ingredients- the onion, garlic, chicken, lemon pepper, oregano and allspice in the slow cooker. Be sure you coat the chicken with all the seasonings and then cook on low for 5-6 hours. This is pretty quick to do in the morning, on your way out the door.

Now get outside! Go for a hike, hit the pool/lake/beach, or go check out a museum you’ve been curious about. Once you come home, the chicken will be cooked and ready for ya! Remove the chicken and onions from the slow cooker, and then shred it into bite-sized pieces. Now, combine the ½ cup yogurt into the remaining seasonings in the slow cooker, and put on “keep warm.”

To assemble your pita pocket, place chicken and onion into pocket, or other flatbread or wrap! Then top with salted tomato, cucumber and red pepper strips. Be generous with the yogurt sauce on top and eat immediately or wrap it in tin foil for a picnic dinner.

I hope you enjoy this light, flavorful and easy summer meal as much as I do!


    Stefanie Hathaway
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2016
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