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Turkey Stuffed Pitas

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Ingredients
  Turkey breast meat 1 1⁄2 Pound, skinned
  Lime 1 , juiced
  Whole wheat pitas 8 Small (Pocket Bread)
  Shredded lettuce 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
For dry marinade
  Paprika 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  White pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Crushed fennel seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fresh thyme/1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 2 Teaspoon
  Dried oregano 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For vegetable filling
  Avocado 11 Large, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  Lemon 1⁄2 , juiced
  Tomatoes 2 Large, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
  Finely chopped onion 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Green pepper 1 Large, seeded, deribbed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
For yogurt dressing
  Fresh lime juice 3 Tablespoon
  Red wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon
  Hot red pepper sauce 5 Drop
  Honey 1 Tablespoon
  Dijon mustard 2 Teaspoon
  Chopped cilantro 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Safflower oil 2 Tablespoon
  Plain low-fat yogurt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a small mixing bowl,
2. Combine the marinade ingredients and mix well.
3. Using a sharp knife make 4 crisscross, 1/3-inch-deep cuts on both sides of the turkey breasts. Arrange in a shallow dish or tray.
4. Coat the turkey with the marinade, rubbing it into the cuts.
5. Refrigerate the turkey and marinate for at least one hour.
6. As the turkey marinates, make the vegetable filling.
7. Preheat the oven to 400° F

MAKING
8. In a mixing bowl, sprinkle the avocado with the lemon juice and toss to prevent dis-colorization. Add the tomato, onion and green pepper.
9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
10. For making the dressing, in a glass bowl,
11. Combine the lime juice, vinegar, hot red pepper sauce, honey, mustard, garlic, cilantro and salt and stir or whisk to blend.
12. Gradually whisk in the oil.
13. Finally whisk in the yogurt and refrigerate.
14. In a large heavy-bottomed ovenproof skillet,
15. Heat 2 teaspoons of safflower oil over medium heat.
16. Arrange the turkey breasts and brown on one side for 5 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for another 2 minutes.
17. Transfer the skillet to the upper level of the preheated oven

FINALIZING
18. Roast the turkey for 10-12 minutes till the meat is tender and cooked through.
19. Remove from the oven and generously squeeze lime juice over the turkey.
20. Allow the turkey to rest for 5 minutes.
21. Slice against the grain into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and cut each into thin strips.

SERVING
22. Place the pitas in the hot oven for 1 minute to soften them.
23. Slit each pita open into a pocket and stuff with shredded lettuce, turkey, and tomato avocado salsa.
24. Top with the yogurt dressing or serve it separately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Dish: 
Stuffing
Interest: 
Holiday, Everyday
Ingredient: 
Turkey
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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