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Welcome to another edition of Cook Once, Eat Thrice. In case you missed it, check out this slow-cooker sesame orange chicken from last week. As I shared in my previous post, I’ve been spending much time in the kitchen developing both gluten-free AND dairy-free recipes for my clients. Personally, not adding cheese to my creations has proven to be most challenging so far. I want to take a moment to give a shoutout to a couple of fellow RD bloggers, Gretchen and EA, who I had the privilege of meeting at the inaugural Blog Brulee Conference last year. I’ve been gaining sooo many inspirations/tips from their gluten free blogs and have been recommending them to all of my clients. You, too, should check out their work if you haven’t done so already.

In any case, let’s dive right into how this grilled chicken shawarma can be transformed and enjoyed 3 different ways during the week.

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Game Plan:

Over the weekend or whenever you find time

  • Make grilled chicken shawarma and tahini sauce
  • Roast cauliflower florets (I seasoned them with turmeric and ginger)
  • Clean and chop vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, parsley
  • Cook a batch of quinoa
  • Cook up a big batch of chickpeas (and freeze whatever you’re not using). Here’s what I do once every month. You’ll never want to buy canned beans again.

Meal #1

Easy Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled chicken Shawarma with a drizzle of tahini sauce served alongside quinoa and roastsed cauliflower

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Chicken Shawarma

Servings: 6 -8
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  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper

Tahini sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini sesame seed paste
  • 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, more if necessary
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water, or more for desired consistency


To make the chicken: Combine all ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the chicken and use your hands to coat each piece. Let marinate at least 4 hours (overnight preferred). Heat the grill (I used a grill pan) over medium-high heat and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of your pieces) or until cooked through.

    To make the sauce: Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Add the water a little at a time to form a smooth, creamy sauce. More water may be needed depending on the thickness of your tahini paste. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice as necessary. Plate the chicken, drizzle tahini sauce on top and serve alongside rice, salad, pita bread, etc.


      Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g
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      Meal #2Chickpea Orange Arugula Salad with Tahini Dressing

      Arugula salad with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, walnuts, cauliflower, and orange slices. I suggest thinning out the tahini sauce you made earlier to drizzle over the salad.

      Meal #3

      Chicken Shawarma Quinoa Salad

      Mediterranean quinoa salad. In a bowl, mix together quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, parsley, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add sliced avocado and the chicken (no need to reheat).

      As you can see, all these meals can be on the table in <5 minutes if you follow the game plan. Once you get in the habit of meal prepping in advance, you’ll find that eating healthfully throughout the week is a breeze!

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        1. Thank you so much, Savita, for your kind words! So happy to connect with you. And your email brightened up my day ;).

      2. So nice of you in sharing your recipes ! Great website , thanks ! Will definitely try them !

      3. This chicken shawarma sounds so flavorful yet totally doable during the week! Thanks for the inspiration of healthy yet delicious dinners friend!

      4. I’ve never tried chicken shawarma before.. but is sure looks and sounds super delicious and flavorsome. I always love reading your cook once eat thrice posts too.. so unique and creative!

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