If you have been following along with this blog for a while then you know that I don't even bat an eyelash at a recipe unless it is fast, easy and mouth watering.
As a Mama in charge of most of the meals around here, I first want to make sure my hubs and three babies are eating healthy food, and secondly I want to teach them that healthy choices can still be full of flavor, and thirdly I will do everything and anything to cut corners in the kitchen.
Enter Greek cuisine.
There is something so divine about having the aromatic flavor of fresh garlic touching your tongue and enjoying the subtle mouth watering sting it leaves behind.
I am obsessed with anything garlic.
Around here, my babies have survived growing in amniotic fluid that was made mostly of garlic flavoring. It is of course no surprise then that they developed tastes for all types of natural spices and flavors, and an unhealthy addiction to chocolate. But that is another story.
So, please welcome, our healthy version of the garlic based goodness of homemade Tzatziki.
We love the food samples with the itty bitty spoons and they way our kids run back for more deliciousness. Most of all we love how after a trip to Costco the kids are stuffed so full of samples that their Mom and Dad don't even have to cook supper.
The Costco employees may even know us by name, and we may know a little too much about their personal lives too. I'm totally blaming it on the giant ice cream cones you can buy there and how girls obviously blab on and on about their boyfriends past and present while they indulge in a swirly mountain of vanilla goodness atop a warmed waffle cone.
Us and Costco, we are tight.
But lets not get sidetracked.
We are talking about healthy alternatives today.
So, while the hubs and I ignored the children clamoring for more cheese string samples and for tiny crackers piled high with that crab dip we all love, he showed me a premade container with the label "Tzatziki" written across it.
I of course, with the intent on saving calories for ice cream, turned the container over and feigned concern at what was IN the Tzatziki.
There ended up being more fat, calories and preservatives then I would normally buy. So, with a shake of my head, I insisted that the grilled chicken we planned on having later would be better with HOMEMADE tzatkiki. The hubs does not argue with "homemade" so he put the preservative filled container back and instead we picked up our regular choice of Costco brand plain Greek yogurt.
Well priced, delicious, fat free and mostly natural, we seriously love this stuff. (We aren't even getting truckloads of this goodness in compensation for this post! But, I will totally move the van out of the driveway if someone wants to drop off a shipment.)
We just seriously use this product all the time. We use it as a delicious substitute for sour cream and on top of bowls of berries; so creamy and so good. It is packed full of protein as well which makes this vegetarian Mama pretty darn excited about it...if you couldn't tell.
First use 250 grams of Greek yogurt (approx half a tub) Simply remove half of the tub into a separate container.
Then thoroughly wash and grate half of an English cucumber (I just used my hand cheese grater) into the tub of Greek yogurt.
Peel and crush four fresh garlic cloves into the tub. (Use more or less depending on your families obsession with all things garlic).
Measure and pour one tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the tub.
Measure and pour one teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon in with the rest of the ingredients.
Garnish with salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate for an hour so all the tastes become melded together.
Serve and use on top of salads, roasted meats, falafal, or along side pita or bread for dipping.
One more point for this Mama.
Summer meals are made up of fresh local produce, grilling and eating alfresco with the family. This addition to your summer dinners will keep you and the kids coming back for more and more wholesome foods. What else can I say. You wont be disappointed, in a few minutes you too can be enjoying the last days of summer with this deliciousness and wowing your family with your homemade masterpiece.
Homemade has never been so simple.