So you already know that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie. Aladdin is a close second. All the animated movies from my childhood hold such emotional ties. I can show you the world!
Speaking of the world,we love visiting the Morocco pavilion when at Epcot and eating at Tangierine Cafe, the quick service there. The hummus and pita bread are gobbled up quickly by the kids, while Mr. Mouse and I enjoy the shwarma. The views within that pavilion are amazing. The tile and iron work will take your breath away.
Aladdin and Jasmine meet and greet back deep within the country. Sadly, we have never been able to find them at just the right time.
Back to our Aladdin night. I in no way claim that this meal is authentic! It is probably just about as middle eastern as Taco Bell is Mexican! My kids will eat it, though. So there is that. Aladdin’s Gyros:Ingredients:
- Pita bread
- Grilled chicken pieces
- Tzatziki (I make my own with 2 tsp dill, 2 T finely diced dill pickles, salt & pepper to taste, 1/4 tsp garlic pwd, 1/4 tsp onion pwd, and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt… but Mr. Mouse won’t eat cucumbers)
- Grated cheese. Feta would also be fabulous
- Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, whatever toppings you like
- Magic carpet seasoning to taste (In a ziplock sandwich bag or small bowl, combine 1T oregano, 1T kosher salt, 1T onion pwd, 1T parsley, 1½T garlic pwd, 1½T paprika, 1tsp ground black pepper, 1tsp thyme, 1tsp cinnamon, ½tsp nutmeg)
Microwave your chicken with as much Magic Carpet seasoning as you would like. Start witha generous 1T sprinkle and add more to taste once it warms up. 3-5 minutes should be more than enough. For 2 adults/3 kids, we used 2-6oz packages of chicken. Then, my monster children pretty much finished off all the 2 trays of hummus! Layer up meat, hummus, tzatziki, cheese, veggies on a pita. Devour!
For dessert, we went interactive. My kids are in Montessori school, and they really focus on kids learning through hands on activity. I slathered cinnamon Graham crackers with canned vanilla frosting and let them try to replicate Aladdin’s magic carpet with whatever we had on hand. They used reese’s pieces, mini peanut butter cups, leftover pearl sprinkles from other nights, and even some of the candy from trick-or- treating at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Impressively, T. Mouse did the best job!
Well, maybe mine was the best… Haha
Here is the coloring page that I created with my own original artwork. Feel free to print it off and use with your family. Ideas to decorate would be to use scraps of yarn to make tassels, glue bits of brightly colored tissue paper for the flames and tigers, or color and laminate with contact paper to use as place mats.
Have you ever made your own gyros? Eaten at Tangierine Cafe? What is your favorite Disney movie?
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