fwo | chicken tzatziki bowl and long beach iced tea

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

hooray for friday! it’s been a long week. i’m soooo looking forward to the weekend when i can put my feet up and take a snooze. it’s time for a little r&r. but before we slide into saturday, it’s time for a friday night barbeque. chicken tzatziki bowls are on the menu. yogurt-marinated grilled chicken served over quinoa and cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives with tzatziki and Feta. what about a long beach iced tea? it’s a variation of the infamous long island iced tea substituting cranberry juice for the cola. it’s quite refreshing. the perfect drink after a long day. 

per usual i’m zipping off to the grocery store for a few ingredients. fridays are always about casual ease, so i chose a pair of boardwalk shorts from Ann Taylor, striped shirt (old, similar here and here), the cutest pair of seersucker sandals last seen here. and an adorable round cornhusk and canvas handbag from Talbots. round handbags are everywhere this spring. so if you’re in the mood to add a trendy handbag to your collection this one will serve you well straight through fall.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

shorts | similar shirt here and here | sandals | handbag | similar belt

long beach iced tea

all the fixings for a long beach iced tea. gin, vodka, rum, tequila and triple sec make this a one and done drink.

long beach iced tea

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long beach iced tea

Long Beach Iced Tea
Serves 1
A refreshing variation to the Long Island Iced Tea.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce vodka
  2. 1 ounce gin
  3. 1 ounce tequila
  4. 1/2 ounce triple sec
  5. 1/2 ounce white rum
  6. 1 ounce lemon juice
  7. Fill with cranberry juice
Instructions
  1. Put everything but the cranberry juice into a shaker half filled with ice.
  2. Shake well until chilled.
  3. Pour the mixture - ice and all - into a tall glass.
  4. Fill it the rest of the way with cranberry juice.
  5. Garnish with seasonal fruit.
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beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

there’s a little salsa garden growing with tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

our first crop of the year.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

there’s nothing quite like cooking with herbs from your own garden. 

melamine dishes are the perfect choice for spring and summer outdoor dining. this set is from Ballard Designs. the napoleonic bee glasses are from Macy’s. they’re my first choice of glassware when company is coming. stemmed water glasses add subtle sophistication. and laguiole flatware is ideal for casual dining.

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chicken tzatziki bowl

Chicken Tzatziki Bowl
Serves 4
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Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
For the chicken
  1. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  2. 1/4 cup 1% plain Greek yogurt
  3. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  4. 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  5. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  8. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  9. 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  10. Freshly cracked black pepper
For the salad
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  3. Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  4. 3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  5. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
For the bowls
  1. 2 cups cooked quinoa
  2. 1 cup Tzatziki
  3. 1/4 cup authentic feta (the kind that comes in brine), crumbled
  4. 12 greek olives
To make the chicken
  1. Cut the chicken thighs into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, turmeric, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-low heat.
  5. Thread the chicken pieces among 4 wooden or metal skewers, discarding the marinade in the bowl.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Grill the chicken, turning the skewers occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through in the center, about 15 minutes.
To make the salad
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onion and toss to combine.
To make the bowls
  1. Divide the quinoa among 4 bowls, 1/2 cup each.
  2. Top with the cucumber salad, followed by a spoonful of tzatziki, 1 tablespoon crumbled feta, and 3 olives.
  3. Top with 1 chicken skewer and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Make sure to soak wooden skewers in water before using.
Adapted from skinnyTaste
Adapted from skinnyTaste
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chicken tzatziki bowl

perfect summer meal. the recipe calls for chicken thighs which are tender and juicy.

chicken tzatziki bowl

Tzatziki
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Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz fat-free Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
  2. 1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded (1 cup grated and squeezed dry)
  3. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  4. 1 tsp lemon juice
  5. 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  6. 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  7. kosher salt and fresh pepper
Instructions
  1. Strain the yogurt using a metal strainer or a coffee filter for a few hours to remove as much liquid as possible. Set aside.
  2. Scoop seeds out of the cucumber with a small spoon. Place cucumber in a mini food processor
  3. or grate with a box cheese grater. Drain the liquid from the cucumber in a metal strainer
  4. and sprinkle with a little salt (this helps release the liquid). You may want to use the back of a spoon to help squeeze out any excess liquid.
  5. Combine strained cucumber, garlic, yogurt, salt, pepper, lemon juice, dill, chives and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  6. Makes about 2 cups. Store in refrigerator for about a week.
Adapted from skinnyTaste
Adapted from skinnyTaste
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a striped shirt, white shorts, sandals, and rattan handbag

TGIF! oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend. cheers!

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  • Kelley
    May 10, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Looks like a wonderful recipe! I’m going to try it. Did you decide against the bowls? In your picture, you left the chicken on the skewers. Have you tried it both ways? If so, which do you prefer? Thank you and happy Mother’s Day!

    • Beth Djalali
      May 10, 2019 at 10:59 am

      this recipe is a keeper, kelley! delicious and healthy. at the end i opted to plate this recipe to keep the chicken on the skewers for photographs. but it’s just as easy to put everything in a bowl and slide the chicken off the skewers. either way it’s yummy. xo

  • Christine Illius
    May 10, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for another great tablescape! For my busy and ordinary days (empty nester with kids out of town and close to retirement) , this helps to make my weeks/weekends a little bit more special and I love the ideas you are coming up with – thanks Beth! Have a great weekend!

    Ps envious of your tomatoes – lol . We’re in Ohio and teetering on are we gonna get a frost or not).

  • Martha Williams
    May 10, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Menu looks wonderful.. Will have to try it as I love Tzatziki.

  • Nancy
    May 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Bravo, good idea for a light Greek meal! καλή όρεξη!

  • Patricia VanSchaick
    May 10, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Did you forget the iced tea in the long beach iced tea?

    • Beth Djalali
      May 10, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      if you can believe it, patricia, there is no iced tea in this recipe or with a long island iced tea. but it’s a refreshing cocktail nonetheless. xo

  • Mary Grogan
    May 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Great recipes and love the pictures of you and your dog!

  • Cindy J.
    May 10, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Just love your classic style, Beth! And thanks for the recipes. Oscar is adorable as always! Have a restful weekend!

  • Suzanne Smith
    May 11, 2019 at 1:45 am

    That sounds easy and good. I love tzatziki and will have to make this. Thanks for the recipe! Hope you do put your feet up and take it easy. Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

  • Carol
    May 11, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    That Oscar is sure one handsome guy! Love your recipes and really look forward to FWO!!

  • Anne S
    May 12, 2019 at 3:23 am

    YUM! Love all. Thanks

  • Sarah
    May 12, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Since you do FWTFL, are the recipes you post each day good for that day’s requirements? I’m just starting my first round and am looking for good recipes. This one sounds delish!

    • Beth Djalali
      May 12, 2019 at 8:43 am

      hi sarah! good luck with FWTFL. it’s such a great program. if this is your first round you need to be a stickler with your food choices to achieve your weight loss goals. i would recommend forgoing the tzatziki which is made with yogurt. for the most part, FWTFL is gluten free and dairy free. but it’s about progress, not perfection so the choice is ultimately yours. my fwo recipes always focus on easy, delicious and healthy because my eating habits have changed drastically since joining FWTFL. but you will find dairy added from time to time. hope this helps! xo

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