Middle Eastern - Style Chicken Pita Sandwiches

Happy Thursday Foodies! Before I get to the food portion of this post, I want to update all of you loyal readers on my life. Fear not, I’ll give you the reader’s digest version. Last November I gave birth to a massive sized kidney stone. Some doctors were under the impression that I would be able to pass it on my own. That was an epic fail. Even today, my new urologist cavalierly dismissed my oversized kidney stone baby. Whatever. I thank GOD every day for finding the urologist I did when I was living on the Mexican border. He was careful, compassionate, funny, and treated me with respect. He was not put off by my questions and the fact that I did a lot of research myself. In fact, I think he liked me more because I was knowledgeable about what was happening to my body. And, most importantly, he did not dismiss my huge kidney stone baby as something that could easily pass. He, in fact, after looking at all of the pictures that the ER took told me that I was NEVER, ever going to pass it on my own and the ER physician should have known that based on my CT scan results. Really? You mean trying for 6 weeks to pass it is not normal? Uh-em, can we say malpractice Sierra Vista ER? Ugh.

Some doctors, however, have an ego the size of Texas. That was true for the doctor in Arizona and the new one I found today. Boy I wish I could have a do-over on picking a doctor; but the urologist that was recommended to me did not have time to see me until later next week and, true to my character, I have been sufficiently freaked out by my kidney ailment. I did not want to wait. Therefore, another doctor in the same office was willing to see me today, so I compromised a little.

Moving right along; as you can see I have my own opinions about the idea of professionalism.

My new urologist, whom we shall call Dr. Scott, told me that I my test results from yesterday are clearly indicative of somebody who has passed a kidney stone or is going to pass a kidney stone. I told him the symptoms I was having today and he seems to think that there is a small stone that is not showing up on the CT scan that my body is trying to pass. I have to tell you that I do not appreciate doctors who only talk to me. I want action. So when he sat behind his computer screen and told me the same thing I had heard yesterday in the ER I was not happy. I want him to run tests, take pictures, press on something. I want more than happy conversation that I can find at the local Starbucks. I expect something more. However, true to my character I was pleasant to him and listened to his instructions.

Is it wrong that I am scared beyond belief that my kidney & ureter are enlarged but no doctor can see a stone? I think I have every right to be scared and want answers. It scares me that everything is a might or maybe or perhaps. I want a definite kind of answer. What happens if my kidney[s] are not functioning properly and these doctors are just pushing me back home? What then? Why do doctors not empathize with their patients a little more? If I were a doctor I would be the best kind of doctor; I would talk with my patients like they were my mom or friend, I would welcome questions and talk with them until they felt comfortable with the diagnosis. I would make them feel important and worth more than 10 minutes. If I die because of this, I want you all to write complaints to the Virginia Medical Board about this guy. Seriously.

Okay, so there you go. I possibly gave birth to a smaller sized kidney stone baby. That’s what the doctors want me to believe because they are not quite sure what else could be ailing my kidney and making me feel so uncomfortable.

Why is this all important? Well,  A LOT OF YOU have sent such positive vibes, well wishes & prayers. I want you ALL TO KNOW how very special you have made me feel and how much I appreciate all of your messages in the last day or so. You all make this blogging experience special and have made me feel incredibly blessed to be part of such a special community. You have no idea how much it means to me to chat with you all each day and share with everybody little morsels of myself. While I know that my blog is largely concentrated around food, I feel it is important to share pieces of my life with you because you all do the same with me. Thank you ALL SO MUCH for stopping by & sharing with me each day, but especially thank you for your prayers and warm wishes with regard to my kidney stone babies. I hope in the next few days the pain will subside and I will be more comfortable. Thank you all again for being so kind to me; you all hold a very special piece of my foodie heart.

Now that I had the time to vent about my experience this morning and thank you all for your prayers and warm wishes, I want to move on to something delicious. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was going to start incorporating healthier dishes into the blog and today I have got quite the dish for you. It was inspired by a Weight Watchers recipe from their Ready, Set, Go! Cookbook and it was a homerun if you ask me [and Nick!]. Today I give to you Middle Eastern-Style Chicken Pita Sandwiches. These babies are to die for. Even better, they are simple to make.

Nutritional Value:

Serving size: 1/2 sandwich

Total Calories: 207

Total Fat: 3 g

Total Carbohydrates: 25 g

Total Protein: 22 g

Total Fiber: 3 g

PointsPlus Value: 5

Here is what you will need:

 

  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • ½ to ¾ cup shredded cucumber, squeezed dry
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole wheat pita breads, halved
  • 1 ½ cup sliced skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cooked & seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper

 

Directions:

 

  • To make the sauce, stir together yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt & pepper in a small bowl

 

 

  • Spread half of the yogurt sauce evenly inside pita halves

 

 

  • Layer chicken, tomato and lettuce evenly into each pita halve

 

  • Top evenly with remaining yogurt sauce

See how easy it is to whip these guys together?? They are super delicious too! It’s like a faux gyro, just a bit healthier. Do not worry, a gyro is in the works but will likely not be as healthy. I have to warn you that I eat whatever I want just in moderation and in smaller portions. That is what Weight Watchers taught me. I clearly blog about not-so-healthy foods, but I am also not eating a lot of it, so it is still relatively okay for me. With the new portion of my blog going up this weekend that will chronicle Nick and his weight loss journey, I will try desperately to keep the foods in that portion a little healthier so that you can eat more. There is much more to come on that, so keep watching for updates & announcements this weekend with respect to the new part of my blog. I am so excited to get to work on that for him and everybody else who wants to make the journey with us!!

Thank you all for being so kind to me. I <3 you all!!

Until Next Time,

Happy Healthy Eating