Chicken Tabbouli Sandwich // With Vegetarian & GF Option

It will be made evident by this post that I am no Julia Child or Rachel Ray. I am a busy homeschooling mom and I need meals made quickly. Every once in awhile I make things from scratch like my paleo spinach wraps, or paleo chocolate chip cookies [bottom of link]....but way more often than not, I need something quick. 

I'm going to throw in a disclaimer here. I have celiac disease. Blood test and all. No gluten free fad here. I would choose to not have celiac disease in a heartbeat. Because Cheez-Its. Working with my doctor, we have found that taking a quality lactobacillus every single day has kept me from ending up in the hospital with gluten poisoning cross-contamination. 

It has also made it possible for me to eat small amounts of gluten without feeling like I'm going to die and, again, be rushed to the hospital. However, I cannot do this often at all. One of the other awful things about having celiac disease is that if there is gluten in my system, I'm not able to absorb the vitamins and minerals my body needs. 

Now that that is out of the way....here is the simple recipe for the Chicken Tabbouli Sandwich. The vegetarian option is to use falafel in lieu of the chicken. It would taste incredible with falafel. I already know. I grew up on falafel. 

I used gluten free bread knowing that the tabbouli from Trader Joe's has wheat bulgur in it. Here is a recipe for gluten free tabbouli, just in case you need it. I use pre-cooked grilled chicken. Sure, you could get some raw chicken to cook up and gather ingredients to make tzatziki, it's not complicated to do so....but I don't always have time for that. And I get Hangry. And I'm not a chef.

I used a Greek Yogurt mix here, but made it three more times using traditional tzatziki sauce. I like both. A lot. I might prefer the cucumbers in the tzatziki, so that's why I listed it here instead of what I used in the pics. Both taste awesome. Use both if you want to take a trip to heaven for a minute.

Ingredients Needed
bread - two slices
pre-cooked grilled chicken or falafel
dried basil & dried peppermint or greek seasoning
tabbouli [make GF if needed]

Steps to Stuffing Your Face
Melt butter in pan, toast bread on both sides. While that is going, toss some chicken in a microwave safe bowl. Sprinkle dried basil and peppermint [or greek seasoning] on the chicken before you microwave it. There's no measurement, add as much or little as you like. Cook for 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave. Maybe follow packaging directions.

Once that is all cooked, all you have to do is assemble. I put tzatziki on each bread slice, then lettuce on both slices, chicken on one side, tabbouli on another....I may or may not add more tzatziki on the chicken....for good measure. Disclaimer #2 : This is a very messy sandwich. Carry on.

You want to know the most shocking part for me?! My kids ate it. I don't mean they nibbled at it and then had some left over...I mean they shoved it in their faces and ate it. This is shocking because my kids don't like things that look weird, are the color green, have tomatoes, have onions, isn't a macaroni, isn't a chicken nugget or covered in ketchup.

They get it from their father.

But. They. Ate. This. ALL. They didn't pick out the veggies. It's packed full of veggies.

*mic drop*

So of course, I had to take pictures as evidence just in case I thought I hallucinated the whole thing.

That's some serious face-stuffing.

My work here is done. 

Aloha, Jane

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