Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chicken Shawarma Naan Salad with Sweet Potato Fries + 30 Days of Dinner!!

Chicken Shawarma is a regular fave of our whole family, so I love trying out new recipes. And this one was a HUGE hit. I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that even though it's a salad, it has sweet potato fries sprinkled all over it. But, whatever. The kids ate a ton of it, including the veggies. So I'll count that as a win!

The rest of the 30 days is a little nuts with all the dining out and holiday shenanigans, but I am sharing it nonetheless. We just started on another round of Whole30 and are on day 3. So I'm sort of losing my mind without cake and champagne, but I will have an entire 30 days of clean eating recipes for you the next go around. BTW, this Chicken Shawarma would be totally Whole30 compliant if you skipped the naan (painful, I know), honey, hummus, and cheese. Is anyone else doing a Whole30 or other food challenge in January!?

Chicken Shawarma Naan Salad with Sweet Potato Fries 

chicken shawarma 
- 2 sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks 
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks 
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp paprika 
- 1 tsp cumin 
- 1 tsp salt + pepper 
- juice of 1 lemon 
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 
- 1/4 cup olive oil 

- 2 tbsp olive oil 
- salt + pepper
- 4 fresh naan
- 8 ounces hummus 
- 1-2 heads romain lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 persian cucumbers, sliced
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- fresh micro greens, parsley and mint for serving

chipotle tahini 
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp olive oil 
- juice of 1 lemon 
- 1 chipotle chili in adobo, finely chopped 

In a large gallon zip-top bag, combine the ingredients for the chicken and toss to combine. Seal and chill at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

Place the sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gently toss with your hands to evenly coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. You want the sweet potatoes tender, but crisp. 

Thread chicken pieces on skewers. Discard marinade. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally throughout cooking, about 10-12 minutes total. Transfer skewers to plate. 

To assemble the salads, spread each piece of nann with hummus. Top with lettuce. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced avocado, feta cheese and chicken skewers. Garnish all the parsley and mint and a drizzle of chipotle tahini.

For tahini, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add water to thin if needed. Season with salt. 

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30 Days of Dinner

Day 1 (S) -- dinner out 

Day 2 (M) -- Steak Fajitas with Chimichurri and Cucumber Salsa 
Day 3 (T) -- Easy Honey Dijon Chicken Skillet; Lemon Rice Pilaf; green beans
Day 4 (W) -- brinner
Day 5 (Th) -- Cranberry Pot Roast over mashed potatoes
Day 6 (F) -- leftovers
Day 7 (Sat) -- dinner out
Day 8 (Sun) -- Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Walnut Romesco Sauce (I thought these were a little salty, but the flavors mellowed and it was better as leftovers); cauliflower rice for adults, brown rice for kiddos

Day 9 (M) -- Pork Chops and Couscous with Tomato-Caper Sauce 
Day 10 (T) -- Skirt Steak Tostadas -- I doubled this recipe because I knew it would be a huge hit. I guessed right!
Day 11 (W) -- 30-Minute Caprese Chicken; green beans
Day 12 (Th) -- leftovers
Day 13 (F) -- dinner out
Day 14 (Sat) -- Back Pocket Bolognese; salad
Day 15 (Sun) -- Chipotle Hanger Steak with Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Day 16 (M) -- One-Pot Burrito Chicken and Rice -- I thought this was just OK, but it made a lot of leftovers.
Day 17 (T) -- Chicken Shawarma Naan Salad with Sweet Potato Fries
Day 18 (W) -- leftovers
Day 19 (Th) -- brinner
Day 20 (F) -- dinner out
Day 21 (Sat) -- dinner out 
Day 22 (Sun) --  dinner out 

Day 23 (M) -- Two Layer Guacamole and Chipotle Chicken Tacos 
Day 24 (T) -- Crockpot Beef Chili; green salad 
Day 25 (W) -- Early Hanukkah Dinner with friends -- I ordered matzoh ball soup, brisket, and latkes. And I made my fave Smoked Salmon 7-Layer Dip, Crock-Pot Macaroni and Cheese (this was REALLY spicy), Roasted Carrot + Cumin Puree, and Onion-Mustard Monkey Bread (I loved these). Our friends brought a delicious gingerbread cake. 
Day 26 (Th) -- Early Christmas Dinner with family -- my FIL made an amazing rib roast, I made Smashed Potatoes with Wagon Wheel Fondue (deeelish), Winter Salad with Kale and Pomegranate (I loved the dressing on this), and my inlaws brought rolls and pie. 
Day 27 (F) -- we hosted a Holiday Party and ordered in tons of delicious goodness from Lebanese Taverna.
Day 28 (Sat) -- dinner out
Day 29 (Sun) -- dinner out

Day 30 (M) -- dinner out (I was done cooking for awhile!!)

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