Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

This sauce dates back to the 15th century. A dish having a prep time of mere 15 minutes along with the ease of containing simplistic ingredients readily available. A sauce which can be used in multiple cuisines and food items such as in burgers, sandwiches, wraps etc. due to its unique flavor. If you’re wondering how to make tzatziki sauce without yogurt, we’ve got you covered.

It can also be served with wholesome meals such as fried chicken, fish and mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes. When served as a dressing for salads, it is equally delicious and flavorsome. It proves to be a great combination regardless of the choice of cuisine or additional flavors.

Also, it is a light sauce which means it does not make you feel heavy or bloated after consumption. It can also be served with sauteed vegetables. Interesting, this sauce can be consumed as a whole dish itself too. Just take some sauce in a spoon and enjoy the unique combination of sweet and sour and a little bit of tinge! Your mouth has most likely started to water by now so the wait ends here! Following are the simple and yummy ingredients for the sauce:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, finely seeded and grated
  • 2 gloves of garlic, finely minced
  • Salt and freshy cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Optional Ingredients

The optional ingredients further enhance the taste of the sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • Mint

Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumber, finely dice it and strain all of its juice. This can be done by squeezing the cucumber tightly. Squeeze the cucumber as much as you can to ensure excessive water is released. You can also strain the cucumber. A strained cucumber provides the best result. Water present in the cucumber can affect the density of the sauce which is why removing water will help in maintaining the viscosity of the sauce. When done, ensure that the dicing is fine. Huge chunks of cucumber also impact the density of the sauce. Sprinkle some salt on the cucumber when done.
  2. Combine the finely diced cucumber and 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice, 4 pressed garlic cloves, 1/3 cup chopped dill, 1/8 tbsp crushed black pepper and add salt according to taste. All of these ingredients are to be added in an exact proportion except the salt. Salt can be added according to ones’ choice. In case you think you’ve added sufficient salt to the cucumbers, you can avoid salt altogether in this step.
  3. Mix the above ingredients and after mixing, taste the mixture. Mix these ingredients carefully. Add more salt if required. Mix it again if more salt is added. Keep on tasting the mixture after adding the salt so the taste reaches a perfect balance.

The sauce is almost ready. Place it in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours so that the flavors completely blend in to one another. This setting of the sauce further enhances the aroma and viscosity of the sauce. After refrigerated, ensure that the sauce is kept in an airtight jar or bottle and no spoons are left inside.

Helpful Tips for Healthy Dining Out

dining out

How to resist temptation from the beautiful food cooked by professional chefs? How to stop yourself from the aroma that brings water in your mouth? One thing will definitely stop you if you are a reasonable person concerned by his/her own well being. Yes, that is unhealthy and unhygienic food or food that brings your belly out. Who likes a round tummy these days anyway? We all like to look healthy and fit and also like to eat the same too.

How to avoid fat and unhealthy food? The answer is simple: follow these tips. You will surely find them very practical and equally healthy. We all need as much help as we can get in the matter of our health and our fitness.

1. Read the menu before you go

“Looks can be deceiving”.

We all know hear this phrase all the time. Sometimes we remember it, sometimes we don’t. People can deceive you as much as the food prepared by their hands can. You can simply go to a restaurant, sit there a while look at the menu and if you can’t decide what to eat, you look around. That is where you throw your health out. You take in the aromas, you look at several obese people eating and you say, “I’ll have that ’cause it looks interesting!” and you pay no heed to the ingredients or your calories. Read the menu before you go and think about what you’ll eat before you go there and fall prey to what others order.

2. Eat something healthy on the way

If you’re super hungry and you end up at the restaurant you may want to eat everything on the menu. Which may lead to a lot of burden on your stomach and an even bigger burden on your wallet. The easy way to avoid this is to eat something healthy before you go. Take a banana or some other proteinaceous consumable to keep you from over eating.

3. Drink water before and during the meal

Water needs its own space in your stomach and is equally essential for you. Drinking water before and during your meal will keep you from dehydrating as well from overeating.

4. Do not skip a meal

Overeating is like a drug. Once you’re addicted to it, it’s really hard to get out. You have twice the chance of eating beyond your requirement when dining out. This is why you shouldn’t miss a meal when you’re to dine out. Eat properly on the outing day and you will eat properly when you’re out too.

5. Eat plants

Yes, you are an omnivore. You are not to eat only meat when you’re out. Order food with the proper amount of greens and greens that are greens not smeared in oil or in thick sauces. Just the greens. Try something that you’ve never tried before! It’s all natural so it can’t really hurt you even if it wanted to(allergies aside).

6. Control the dessert

One of the main reasons of getting unfit fast is eating too much dessert. Whenever you’re done eating think twice about dessert. It will always be tempting but you have to ask yourself twice, “Is it really necessary? Am I not full yet?” Even if you do end up ordering dessert, share. Take it with a friend or take half of it home. It will be equally tempting when you wake up at midnight.

7. Avoid the gluten free

“Gluten-free” is something that most people confuse with low fat or low calorie. Gluten free only means that there is no gluten in there. There is no guarantee of the amount of fat in there. Most eating places use this to sell low calorie food. Beware! Remember that gluten is something else and fat is something else. Gluten might be favorable for you but fat, never!