The recipes provided by Tesco Diets are pretty good and varied, but I’ve ended up reworking quite a few of them. Either because I didn’t quite have all the ingredients (finding ricotta in Tesco proved impossible, though SuperQuinn did have it) or I needed to finish off an open pack of something.
Bearing in mind that I have to keep my daily intake of calories to within about 10% of their recommendation it’s not that hard to swap things around a bit and add more vegetables etc., Obviously if you add stuff that’s high in calories then you’re going to have problems maintaining your daily quota. (I know the diet takes into consideration more than just mere calories, but it’s the easiest thing to keep an eye on when you’re tweaking).
One of their recipes is for “Pitta calzone with chicken and tomato”. It’s not bad, but could be improved upon 🙂 So I took their recipe and added in a couple of extras, namely garlic and onion, plus a more diverse range of herbs. The end result is pretty good, though you may need to play with the quantities a bit depending on the size of the pitta bread you’re using. (I didn’t realise there were so many different types of wholewheat pitta bread until I started this diet! I used to just grab some pitta to have in the freezer as a “standby”. Now I’m consciously selecting which pitta I want – oh what have I become?)
Pitta With Chicken
- 2 pitta bread
- 2 to matoes diced
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 onion
- 100 g chicken fillet uncooked
- 40-50 g mozzarella roughly half a ball
- 1 tsp Mixed herbs
- Black pepper to taste - can be omitted
- 1 tbsp Thyme
- tbsp Oregano
Preheat the oven to 190C
Slice the mozzarella and put to one side
Dice the tomato, onion and garlic
Mix together with the herbs and oregano (remember to rub the oregano between your hands to release the flavour)
Slice the chicken into thin strips / pieces.
Fill the pitta bread with the tomato mix and chicken
Top with the slices of mozzarella
Cook in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes (fan ovens may take less time)
Serve and enjoy
Make sure that the chicken slices are thin or they may not cook through fully. Depending on what kind of tray or plate you use in the oven make sure that the pitta are not on top of each other, or the chicken will not cook, while everything else will be brown