What a fabulous vacation I had—but it seemed like all I did was eat and drink! I’d just finish breakfast and it was time for lunch, then cocktails, then dinner, and more cocktails.
I’m a pretty strict vegetarian and I really watch my diet and exercise. But vacation week was no holds barred! I left my workout gear at home, indulged in breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners, dessert, wine, and cocktails with a reckless abandon I haven’t experienced in years.
In my defense, I always took the stairs—spent a fair amount of time walking around the city—but by the time I got back to Denmark, I felt a bit… overindulged.
Enter recovery week.
I whipped up a batch of vegan chili, which is my secret weightloss weapon. I’ve also traded my gin & tonics, martinis, and red wine for tea and protein shakes. I’m back to working out for at least an hour a day, and I seem to have reversed the damage ;-)
In continuing to lighten up my evening meals, I’ve looked South, to my newest culinary muse, Greece. One of the things I’ve made this week is my vegetarian Greek pita recipe, which is a close second to the tempeh gyros I posted last month.
Vegetarian Greek Pita Recipe
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
6 pepperoncini, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta
2 T olive oil
1 T lemon juice
1 t red wine vinegar
1 t dried oregano
Throw everything except the salt, pepper, lettuce and pita bread into a large bowl, mix it up and season it with salt and pepper.
Lightly toast the pita bread, line it with a lettuce leaf, then fill it with the salad mixture.
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This looks absolutely delicious. I think I’d like to try my hand at it. Stumbled it and pinned it to my yummy foods board so I can find it easily when I’m ready to make it.
Thanks for Pinning it :-)
I am always looking for more vegetarian recipes! This looks amazing! I love pita pockets they make it so easy to eat and they can hold so much in their pocket.
That is such a pretty pita sandwich! Such a great vegetarian recipe too, it’s really packed full of so much goodness. I recently (last year or so) discovered a huge love for Feta cheese, so I’m always looking for yummy ways to use it. I also love pita bread, it’s so diverse!
I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but I love feta! Best feta ever was in Athens… wrapped in Filo dough, baked, and drizzled with honey. That’s the stuff food fantasies are made of :-)
Oh, wow! This is definitely right up my alley! It looks so amazing and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
Kelly Hutchinson says
I love the convenience of pitas as well as how they keep everything all together for me. I love anything with a Greek flavor, so this is something I would be interested in, I also like that it’s vegetarian.
Nichole (@MommyByNurture) says
That looks completely delicious! I am not a huge fan of Greek food until I tried a local place called Acropolis but this looks amazing and has ingredients I would probably enjoy. I still have failed to find a good Greek Salad that can keep my attention. These are all basic but flavorful ingredients! Yum!
These look so delicious! Your cruise sounds deliciously fun. I have a fear of elevators so I would take the stairs regardless of fat fest. How do you avoid a buffet??! I’m going to Vegas in August and buffet is on the top of my priority list. Your recipe sounds divine, buy I’d really like to get my grubby hands on that vegan chili recipe!
We ate breakfast in the buffet the first day, but the high school cafeteria experience wasn’t for us. We much preferred sitting down for served meals in the dining room. We’re not big eaters, and we thought the tradeoff of variety in favor of a nice dining experience was worth it. I’ve never been to Vegas, but I’ve heard great things about their buffets… have fun!
The chili recipe is here: http://www.sageandsimple.com/2013/08/roberts-vegan-chili/
I am not a vegetarian, however, I love finding delicious and healthy meals to try with the family. This looks like it tastes good and it is definitely easy enough to make. I am going to have to be sure to try it out.
Abundant Journeys says
A cruise definitely has its fair share of food, food, food. Lol. Your veggie pita looks amazing. I am not a vegetarian though, so I would not hesitate to add chicken or lamb to my pita.
Taking off my vegetarian apron for a minute, I still wouldn’t sully this light, fresh, summery recipe with chicken or lamb.
If you’re looking for a Greek pita recipe and you must have meat, this recipe is much better suited: http://www.sageandsimple.com/2015/05/vegetarian-gyros-recipe/