I had to take some antibiotics last week (yukky ones, too) and a friend reminded me to "eat my yogurt." Antibiotics kill not only harmful bacteria in your body; they also kill the healthy ones in the intestines. The live bacterial cultures in yogurt can help replenish the intestines with helpful bacteria before the harmful ones take over. I read that a daily dose of 8 oz. yogurt while a person is taking antibiotics and for two weeks thereafter is very beneficial. So, it's yogurt for me!
I happened to have a container of Trader Joe's Greek yogurt on hand (I love the stuff).
I use the 0% fat one, and can't taste the difference. When the farm box arrived this morning, and I saw that I had a cucumber, I knew exactly what lunch would be - Tzatziki!
Tzatziki is a refreshing yogurt dip and is very versitile. I love it spooned over a gyro, and it's a great dip for fresh veggies or crackers. And it's a snap to make with the Greek Yogurt. If you get regular yogurt, you will need to strain it before you make this (regular yogurt will separate and be watery).
I peeled and finely chopped the cucumber and chopped up about 4 Tbsp. fresh mint from my garden. The mint is a must. I then stirred in the whole container of yogurt and seasoned with salt and a lot of fresh pepper. You can add fresh garlic if you like. That's it!
I was going to serve it with veggies from my farm box, when I remembered I had something else that would be perfect with it too....
A few weeks ago, my sweet (8 months pregnant) friend, Alik invited Emma and I over to her home for a traditional Armenian breakfast. I cannot tell you the proper names of all that we ate, but I do know it was all delicious. There was a wonderful fava bean soup with condiments to stir in, which was so comforting, lebni (kind of like tzatziki without the cucumbers/mint) and a grilled bread that Alik made. We watched her make the bread and definitely wanted to be able to make it sometime at home. Alik kindly offered to give me a package of the herb seasoning (Zattar mix)that she used, and I picked up the rest of the ingredients at Costco. I found Naan Bread and Halloumi cheese, two things I didn't even know Costco carried. You can use any mid- eastern type bread that is soft, but not a pita, it's not soft enough.
The bread is simple, tasty, and is kind of like pizza. Armenian pizza, maybe? Here's how you make it:
Grab yourself some naan. Be sure to get the "healthy" kind like I did. You know, the one that says "white flour" as the first ingredient.
Get ahold of some Zattar mix. Found at mid-eastern markets.
Mix the Zattar mix with some olive oil to form a thick paste. Zattar mix is basically dried herbs (primarily oregano)and sesame seeds.