Today I’m excited to bring you the first of three recipes as part of my relationship with the National Dairy Council. I’ll be explaining how these are lactose intolerance friendly recipes and can’t wait for you to read this first one – delicious is an understatement (but of course I’m biased!)
Homemade Tzatziki Recipe
- 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
- 2, 6 ounce containers of Greek plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh dill
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- Place all ingredients in a small food processor with the chopped cucumber on the bottom. Pulse well and you’re done!
Two Yummy Ways to Eat your Homemade Tzatziki
Step One: Prepare your favorite homemade lactose intolerance friendly pizza crust.
Step Two: Pick your favorite Greek inspired toppings. I used hummus as the sauce, feta cheese, and little red tomatoes. I suggest olives as well, but I don’t happen to care for them!
Step Three: Drizzle homemade tzatziki on top of your pizza when it comes out of the oven!
Step Four: Pair with a fresh green veggie and devour!
The beauty of both recipes in this post is that they’re completely customizable! You can control how much feta and tzatziki you add to your pizza, based on how much you know your body can handle. When we look at the chart from my last NDC post: amount of lactose in common dairy products, you can see that having 1/2 of feta sprinkled on your pizza slices and 4 ounces of tzatziki (lactose amounts from Greek yogurt), would equal only 6.67 grams of lactose! This is HALF of the amount of an 8 ounce glass of milk. How cool is that?! In fact, even those with lactose intolerance can consume milk, check out the “Make the Most of Milk” infographic!
Step One: Make your favorite lamb meatball recipe. Here is what we use: 1 pound organic free range lamb, 1/4 cup chopped white onion, 1-2 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4/-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and dried parsley to taste. Combine all ingredients and GRILL until done. <— secret to this recipe!
Step Two: Prepare the rest of your salad with Greek inspired toppings. I chose cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta (olives also recommended unless you find them ick-tastic like moi).
Step Three: Top salad with lamb meatballs off the grill. We usually chop them up a bit.
Step Four: Drizzle with homemade tzatziki as your dressing. Mmmm and ahhh as your tastebuds do a happy dance.
Just like with the pizza recipe, if you use 1/2 of feta sprinkled on your salad and 4 ounces of tzatziki (lactose amounts from Greek yogurt), this would equal only 6.67 grams of lactose! You can easily decrease or increase the amounts of feta and tzatziki used in both recipes – just depends on what threshold you know you can handle!
Want to know what else is awesome about these recipes? They have been taste tested and baby approved! Xander absolutely LOVES the Greek pizza and he gobbled up the lamb meatballs dipped in tzatziki as well.
What else do you like using tzatziki on? Let me know if you try either of my tzatziki favorite recipes!
Disclosure: This is a compensated post through my partnership with the National Dairy Council. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
National Dairy Council Resources