Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tiny Tummy's Tantalizing Tzatziki

Nothing with my family is ever traditional, so it's no surprise that for the Hannukah luncheon, the family meal of choice was a Greek salad. Since my grandfather is in rehab recovering from a medical procedure, our celebration will take place in the rehab center (You know, if Mohammed can't go to the mountain, bring the mountain to Mohammed... or however that saying goes), so as much as I would have liked to cook a gourmet meal for everyone, it wasn't really practical. The Greek salad was the easiest thing, and fortunately, the whole family loves it. While the salad, itself, is perfect for everyone in the fam-- all diets alike, we have to be careful with the dressing and accouterments because my grandfather is on a highly restrictive, low-sodium diet due to his heart. Therefore, anything cooked, dressed, etc. is a giant question mark in the sodium department (and in any diet department in general), so when it comes to these, we like to avoid the guessing game and make our own- which brings me to this recipe. Everyone knows that half the fun of the Greek salad is the Pita and Tzatziki sauce that comes with it, and while I'd love to whip out my bread machine and attempt a pita replacement, Toufayan has us covered there, which just leaves the Tzatziki sauce. Easy, peasy!

To make Tiny Tummy's Tantalizing Tzatziki, you will need:

3 small containers of fat free Greek Yogurt (I used Oikos because it had the least sodium of the fat free varieties)
2 cucumbers peeled and seeds removed
3 cloves of garlic
a handful of fresh dill
the juice of 1/2 a large lemon or the juice of 1 small lemon
optional: a pinch of black pepper and salt (if you don't have a sodium concern, obviously!)

To prepare, simply put everything into the processor and blend away. Alternatively, you could blend everything except the yogurt together and fold the yogurt into the mixture at the end, which will ensure a creamier sauce, but I like everything combined as evenly as possible

Disclaimer: I am aware that the full fat yogurt has 5mg of sodium less per cup, but this sauce was meant to function for everyone. It's a great compromise for everyone watching their weight as well as my grandfather who needs to watch out for his sodium intake. Pin It

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