Healthy Homemade Gyros Recipe

It’s 4:00pm, what’s for dinner?  This is a dilemma I face almost everyday.  I’m not hungry yet, so nothing sounds good.  My hubby is no help.  He just says, “Make whatever you want.” like he’s feeling generous.  My kids would fight me if I fed them happy meals every night of the week.  So…back to me.  What’s for dinner?  Well, I have ground turkey that’s headed for the freezer soon.  But on a hot summer night, what can you do with turkey that doesn’t feel like warm, comfy food.  We’d already had turkey burgers and tacos in the last few nights…When all else fails, I head to Pinterest—home of the most innovative recipe ideas known to man.  And it did not disappoint.  I found ground turkey gyros recipe complete with tzatziki.  Yum!  Who doesn’t <3 gyros?  I had no idea they were super easy to make at home.  With all of the required ingredients on hand; this dinner was a go!

The results?  After a little tweaking, they tasted just like the real deal, minus the slight greasiness that most restaurant gyros have.  The only thing that alluded to it’s homemade-ness {I make up words, it’s fun} was the texture.  The strips of meat were not super smooth like you would get from a vendor.  They had a slightly bumpy ground meat appearance.  This little caveat did not bother me–or my hubby, or the boys, or my neighbor {I like to share} one bit.  But if you’re trying to pull one over on somebody, you should know that this recipe will betray you in that aspect.   I love that I can now enjoy gyros without feeling like I just ate half my day’s allotted calories.  With all the trimmings and my 130 calorie pita, this clocks in right around 300 calories.  <3 <3 Oh, Pinterest <3 <3

I have filed this gyros recipe away in my ground turkey go-to box. It is nice to have a little variety on my rundown list when I am trying to answer the dreaded daily question.  I added a little dried dill to the tzatziki and the meat.  I mixed a little vinegar and salt in the tzatziki to make it taste just right.  I also added a splash of Worcestershire sauce to the meat for a flavor boost and omitted the onion powder {I didn’t have it} and subbed with finely minced red onion.

Tzatziki

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • a few pinches of salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients and stir well.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

 Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Garnishes

  • tomato wedges
  • shredded lettuce
  • thinly sliced onions

Directions

  1. Combine ground beef and seasonings and mix well.
  2. Shape into the thinnest patties you can make.
  3. Cook in a well oiled pan over medium to high heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, turning once
  4. Cut patties into thin slices.
  5. Top pitas with meat, tomato, lettuce and onions.
  6. Serve with yogurt sauce.

 

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