So, I have been looking for easy lunch options that I can make that fall within the whole foods category but are substantial enough to fill me without upsetting my GERD.
One of my favorite type of food is Lebanese/Greek/Iranian food. I don’t eat a lot of meat but Chicken Shawarma is one of my favorite dishes. There is a local place here in town where you can get a Gyro style Shawarma which is just amazing.. however, it’s spicy, the gyro bread has gluten and there’s the tzatziki sauce which is amazing but has enough dairy to destroy my tummy.
So, I found a recipe online and adjusted it to make it GERD friendly and have eaten it every day this week for lunch and I’m happy with it so far.
GERD Chicken Shawarma
- 2.25lbs of Organic Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp cumin (Helps boost your immune system and aids in digestion)
- 2 tsp paprika (Helps prevent blood-clotting and is packed full of Vitamin A, E and Iron)
- 1 tsp allspice (Anti-inflammatory, rubefacient, carminative and anti-flatulent properties)
- 3/4 tsp turmeric (Natural anti-inflammation, helps with IBS and is known to help prevent cancers)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder (garlic is not GERD friendly, I used a little less than 1/4 tsp however, Garlic is great for your body)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (Also natural anti-inflammatory, helps with anti-clotting, helps control blood sugar)
- 1/4 tsp of Kosher Salt
Cut and trim the Chicken Breast into one inch pieces and put into a bowl. Combine all spices then pour over chicken mixture. Cover with plastic wrap or lid and let sit overnight.
There are a few ways you can cook this. The next morning I dumped the contents of the bowl into a large saute pan and cooked it on medium heat until the chicken was cooked through (about 15-20 minutes).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken pieces on a foil lined pan (spray first with nonstick cooking spray). Roast the chicken for 20 minutes and turn the chicken about half way through. Once it’s done, take it out and let it cool slightly then if you want, cut it into smaller pieces.
Once you’re all done, you can serve it several different ways.
This is what I did:
I got organic/natural humus (I didn’t have time to make my own), fresh organic cucumber and some low fat organic Feta and I made a Humus Plate. You put humus on your plate, dice up some cucumber, grab some of your chicken and feta and viola! You are ready to eat your lunch!