Food & Drink

Quick Fix for 2: Souvlaki and lentil pilaf

Linda Gassenheimer
Linda Gassenheimer

Barbecued, skewered lamb, called souvlaki, is sold as a quick meal on many street corners in Athens. A simple Greek marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic flavors the meat. The best cut of lamb for kabobs comes from the leg. If they’re not on display, ask for them at the meat counter.

Lentils in the pilaf don’t need to be soaked and contain more protein then dried beans. If pressed for time, serve a side dish of microwaved brown rice with the lamb instead of the pilaf.

This meal contains 545 calories per serving with 12 percent of calories from fat.

Helpful hints

• Slowly add the lentils to the boiling liquid. The liquid will remain at the boiling point and will save some cooking time.

•  If using wooden skewers, soak in water before using.


• Marinate lamb.

• Preheat broiler or stove-top grill.

• Start rice.

• Cook kabobs.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service