Its 2 in the morning and I am having trouble writing a post. From 9 pm until 30 minutes ago, I was part of something truly incredible and undoubtedly historical. I rode over to the university theater for a documentary called the Road to Fallujah. It is about the life of the Iraqi people since the American occupation began several years ago. After the documentary, for the first time ever, the other students and I were connected via videocam to a room full of professors and students at the University of Baghdad in Iraq. We spoke from 11pm to 1:30am. We took turns asking questions and answering questions. Their students and leaders spoke Arabic and English and a few of our students spoke Arabic, but mostly English. Each side had translators. The topics ranged from world peace, to the American view of Muslims and the religion of Islam, to the Muslim female’s university experience, to the soccer teams in this summer’s world cup. I won’t go into more detail here, but if anyone wants more information, to see the video, or anything else, please send me an email or comment. Anyway, the point of telling you this is that one of the minor things to come from the experience was the reminder that we are lucky to eat every single day. The ability to pick and choose what we want to eat is a luxury. We are truly lucky.
This lunch is a quick and delicious twist on an old standby. I present to you…
Curried Chicken Salad Pita
Recipe: Serves 1
- 1 carrot
- handful grapes
- 1 chicken breast
- 1-2 tbsp mayo
- pinch cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp raisins, optional
- salt to taste
- 1 whole wheat pita
Grate a carrot until you have a small handful of carrot shreds. Slices a few grapes in half.
Cook a small chicken breast in a pan for a few minutes on each side, until thoroughly white. Remove from heat and cut it into small cubes.
In a bowl, add the chicken cubes, carrot slivers, grapes, and 1-2 tablespoons of mayo.
Add a pinch of cinnamon, a 1/2 tsp cumin, and almost 1 tsp yellow curry powder. Sprinkle on salt and mix well.
Warm a whole wheat pita pocket in the microwave and cut it down the middle, forming two pockets. Add a layer of lettuce to each pocket.
Stuff each pocket with the curried chicken salad and enjoy!
Curry powder * reduces inflammation, contains antioxidants that fight cancer, and can help improve memory!
Chicken * a lean source of protein and B vitamins, which are key for metabolism