Recipe: Mock Gyros With Fresh Veggies

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by on June 29, 2010

These are super easy! The perfect quick prep, low calorie dinner with real flavor and SO good for you!

Tzatziki sauce

  • ¾ cup low fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • pressed salt & pepper to taste
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To Make The Gyros:

1) Peel the cucumber, cut it in half across then cut in half lengthwise. Drag a spoon down the middle to remove the seeds. Either chop the seeded cucumber very fine or run through a food processor. Put cucumber in a medium bowl.

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2) Peel the garlic and either mince it or run it through a press and add to cucumber.

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3) Salt and pepper to taste. Add yogurt. Stir. Refrigerate. I would recommend tasting it here and adjusting salt, pepper or garlic.

4) Tzatziki Tips & Comments My pictures are from a double batch. I usually do this to have a creamy, low cal salad dressing for the next couple of days. My garlic cloves are a size that would almost span from the bottom knuckle of your finger to the next knuckle, rather large. Try to make this ahead of time by about an hour so the garlic flavor has time to work with the other ingredients. To eat the sauce immediately, an increase in garlic may be necessary for full flavor. Tzatziki sauce often includes dill. I’m not a dill fan so I omit it.

5) Meat filling 1 lb package ground turkey 2 tsp dry oregano salt & pepper to taste

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6) Salt and pepper the turkey then brown in a medium saucepan. Add oregano as the turkey is browning. If using extremely lean turkey a little olive oil may be necessary. Drain. To put it all together here is what I use:

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  • 100% whole wheat pita bread
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced avocados
  • Sliced red or white onions
  • Sliced bell pepper
  • Baby spinach, shredded – or lettuce
  • What are your favorite veggies? Almost any combination would be great!
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7) Put the ground turkey in the pita pocket. Add one or all of the fresh sliced veggies above. Add the Tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

Top picture shown served with Easy Roasted Asparagus, click here for the recipe.

Thanks to Julie at Gettin Healthy, Still Cheap for this guest post on “Mock Gyros”. What I love about this is that you can use a lot of the fresh veggies from the garden in your gyro, plus you could change up the veggies to custom your own gyro. These look delicious!

 

Recipe: Mock Gyros With Fresh Veggies
 
Instructions
  1. To Make The Gyros:
  2. ) Peel the cucumber, cut it in half across then cut in half lengthwise. Drag a spoon down the middle to remove the seeds. Either chop the seeded cucumber very fine or run through a food processor. Put cucumber in a medium bowl.
  3. ) Peel the garlic and either mince it or run it through a press and add to cucumber.
  4. ) Salt and pepper to taste. Add yogurt. Stir. Refrigerate. I would recommend tasting it here and adjusting salt, pepper or garlic.
  5. ) Tzatziki Tips & Comments My pictures are from a double batch. I usually do this to have a creamy, low cal salad dressing for the next couple of days. My garlic cloves are a size that would almost span from the bottom knuckle of your finger to the next knuckle, rather large. Try to make this ahead of time by about an hour so the garlic flavor has time to work with the other ingredients. To eat the sauce immediately, an increase in garlic may be necessary for full flavor. Tzatziki sauce often includes dill. I'm not a dill fan so I omit it.
  6. ) Meat filling 1 lb package ground turkey 2 tsp dry oregano salt & pepper to taste
  7. ) Salt and pepper the turkey then brown in a medium saucepan. Add oregano as the turkey is browning. If using extremely lean turkey a little olive oil may be necessary. Drain.
  8. To put it all together here is what I use: 100% whole wheat pita bread Sliced tomatoes Sliced avocados Sliced red or white onions Sliced bell pepper Baby spinach, shredded – or lettuce What are your favorite veggies? Almost any combination would be great! 7) Put the ground turkey in the pita pocket. Add one or all of the fresh sliced veggies above. Add the Tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

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  • Hey Melissa! Thanks for letting me guest post at my favorite site! :)
    .-= Julie @ Gettin’ Healthy….Still Cheap…´s last blog ..Lady Gagas Haha Diet =-.

  • I’ve made these before and they rock!! Even my real meat eating brother in law, didn’t hardly mind the turkey.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Cherry Season Is Upon Us- =-.

  • Melanie

    Oh, our only change was that we made the turkey into parties and grilled them.

  • gina

    Thanks Melissa they look great I love when you post recipes, gives me healthy choices to feed my family with stuff that I have at home.

  • Ah, thanks, Julie- this is an incredible looking recipe, can’t wait to try it myself- although I think I’ll use zucchini :)

  • Thanks, Gina! I’m glad you enjoy them! :)

  • oh, I bet the grilled flavor added a lot, too! Thanks for sharing!

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