Meatless Monday: Tzatziki

Meatless Monday: Tzatziki

Tzatziki is a Greek sauce made from strained yogurt and cucumbers.  Generally tzatziki is served with grilled meat, although I love it with vegetables, chickpeas and pita.

My kids don't drink milk and eat very little dairy.  Yogurt is the one dairy product that I encourage them to occasionally eat.

According to Web MD:

"Your body needs to have a healthy amount of ''good'' bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is ''probiotics.'' Probiotic, which literally means ''for life,'' refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts."

Tzatziki

1 (32 oz.) container of plain yogurt
2 regular cucumbers, peeled & seeded
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
salt and a little pepper
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Strain yogurt using a cheesecloth over a bowl (if you don’t have that, a strainer lined with a coffee filter will work) for several hours or overnight to get out as much moisture as possible.

Shred or grate the cucumbers, place them in a clean kitchen towel, and then squeeze to get rid of as much excess moisture as possible.

Mix together the strained yogurt, shredded cucumbers, garlic, vinegar and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste. It’s best to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, so flavors can meld.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the top before serving.

Serve with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, chickpeas and pita.

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You might also enjoy Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas or Carrot Ginger Soup.

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