WOW! These turned out really good. Extremely easy, one skillet meal. It can be ready in less than 20 minutes!
Here are a few thoughts on the methods I used when preparing this dish for my family….
I read through the recipe and got out the pots and pans I would use.
A. Skillet to sear the meat. This may be small for the single portions, but in most cases a 10” skillet will do. You may decide to cook the meat in two batches if you have the L or XL portion size of meat. You may even want a bigger skillet.
B. Lay out and go over your ingredient bags. 1. Seasoned Flank Steak 2. Spinach, Green Onions, Black Olives, Red Onions, Diced Tomatoes, Lemon Pepper. 3. Feta Cheese 4. Pitas. 5. Tzatziki Sauce
Turn the oven to 300 degrees. Place Pita bread on a sheet pan and into the oven. Set timer for 6-10 minutes. We want to warm them, not toast them.
Place skillet on a medium heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Oil. Get oil hot. Consider putting heat on medium high. We want a quick, searing method on the meat. Don’t overload the pan with the meat, we want any moisture to evaporate, not become liquid in the pan. We are searing the meat, not simmering it. Allow meat to cook for 2- 3 minutes. Flip, stir, move it around and allow to cook for 2 more minutes. It is thin and will cook quickly.
Once meat is cooked, remove it from pan, leave the juices and fond. Add your Spinach/Vegetable Bag. Heat through. NOTE: I almost seasoned the spinach mix with some S&P. I didn’t. I am glad as the meat, feta and Tzatziki sauce add enough flavor! Once the veggies are warm, add the meat back in and thoroughly combine.
Place warm pita on your plate, using tongs, place the flank steak and veggies in the middle of the pita. Add some feta down the middle of the meat. Spoon the Tzatziki sauce on the side of the meat, fold the ‘sandwich’ and eat you some! It is a bit messy, so have a napkin or paper towel ready!
For a gluten free fix, shredd some lettuce, fresh tomatoes and place the meat and vegetables on top with the Tzatziki sauce as your dressing!
And Remember…. Get the kids to help set the table. Placemat, Fork, Knife, Folded Napkin, Cup or Glass for their drinks. Teach them: Forks go on the left and knives and spoons go on the right. (To remember: “Fork” has four letters, as does “left”; “knife” and “spoon” both have five letters, as does “right.”) Folded Napkin under the Fork on the left side. A set table sets up a nice protocol for family time. Not always easy to do and it gives kids a chance to share about their day.
NO CELL PHONES...that includes mom and dad!