Low Carb Tzatziki

TzatzikiTzatzikiThe word ‘tzatziki’ refers to a sauce that often is used in the preparation of the Greek meat dishes ‘gyros’ Pulled Pork Gyros and ‘souvlaki’. It’s made of strained yogurt from the milk of goats or sheep, salt, garlic, and cucumbers. Dill, lemon juice, and pepper are usually added and then sometimes, mint or parsley. Because of the presence of cucumbers, the sauce often is called cucumber sauce in English-speaking countries. Within Greece, the sauce also is called ‘tarator’, from the Sephardic Jewish word. The Greek word actually comes from the Turkish word ‘cacik’, which means ‘chutney’ and the sauce is used in the cuisines of countries other than Greece. Indeed, its use ranges from Bulgaria and Macedonia; to the Caucasus; and into Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.  This info is taken from Wiki.answers…and who knew?

Karoun LebneLabneh, Lebni, or Labne is a soft yogurt cheese.  It doesn’t matter how you say it or how you spell it, it, what really matters is that it is good and it is that-very good.  In the Middle East Labneh is traditionally served drizzled with olive oil, maybe some lemon juice, accompanied by Kalamata olives, and is most definitely not sweetened. Many times the dish is quite artfully presented. And…Chobani?IS NOT strained Greek yogurt by any stretch of the imagination. This is the brand I use or…make my recipe for Greek Yogurt

 As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Tzatziki
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Strained Greek Yogurt (Labneh-Lebni-Labna)
  2. 1 C Diced Cucumber (About ½ One Large)
  3. ¾ t Dried Dill
  4. 1½ T Lemon Juice
  5. 1½ t Crushed Garlic
  6. ½ t Salt
  7. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel, cut cucumber in half, scoop out the seeds, roughly chop, and process until you have very tiny pieces kind of a sludge, but not pureed.
  2. Ditch the cucumber juice by squeezing as much out as you can then combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, taste, and correct seasoning.
  3. You may serve this immediately but it is better after being in the refrigerator for a day. It should easily last 4-5 days-if it lasts after you get into it.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 26 Calories, 1.7g Protein, 2.8g Carbs, .1g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you opt to use regular ole Greek yogurt and not Labne it will turn watery from the whey escaping the yogurt. No problem, just be aware of it.
  2. This can have a 1 t of mint added if wanted and it's what you see sprinkled on the top.
  3. Serve with red, orange, or yellow pepper chips, cucumber coins, along with snow peas to keep it low carb.
  4. This is also very good served to the side with a sautéed chicken breast.
  5. Recipe may easily be doubled.
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