Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki

Lets begin this beautiful recipe by expressing my love for Greek food, before diving into this incredible plant based lifestyle I had my fair share of good and not so good Greek food. Let’s just say I’m picky on flavors and freshness. This recipe gives the depth of flavor to substitute for “meat” without lacking in actual flavor and texture. I prefer Tempeh as it’s less processed then tofu and it gives a nice texture that is lacking at times in plant based dishes. I have to make this recipe this large because it goes so fast, one serving is only 176 calories with 18g protein and 8.2g fiber...so yes you can have seconds. I am also sharing my favorite Tzatziki recipe with cashews, it’s phenomenal. 

So here we go, let’s get to it. 

I let my Gyros sit overnight to let the marinate really saturate and I also let the Tzatziki sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. So.....if you want to make this for diner get it prepped early or better yet prep it and have it the next day. But its totally up to you never be afraid to make a recipe your own or do what you want in your own kitchen, be creative! 


Tempeh Gyros 
(total prep time 10-15 min)
-let sit in refrigerator 4 hours to overnight
Bake at 375 for a total of 20 min

Ingredients:

3 packs tempeh 

1 not chicken broth cube
1 not beef broth cube 
2 lemons (juice from)
5 garlic cloves 
3 tbsp soy sauce 
1 1/2 tbsp worcestershire (vegan) 
2 tsp dried dill (I used dehydrated)
2 tsp dried oregano (I used dehydrated) 
1/4 tsp pepper 
1 1/2 cups water

Put all of the ingredients in a high speed blender (except for the tempeh), blend and set aside. 
Slice Tempeh into thin pieces or as thick as you would usually want your gyros to be!
Put Tempeh slices into air tight container then add marinade. 
Let flavor sit in overnight or at least 4 hours the longer the better.

Preheat oven to 375
Take a baking pan large enough to fit your slices and lay the slices flat, pour some of the remaining marinade enough to moisten (save the rest to drizzle over after done baking).
Bake for 10 min, then flip. Bake additional 10 min. Can add a touch of broil to the last flip for added texture...watch the broil do not leave unattended. 30seconds to the amount of char you prefer. 
Drizzle remaining marinade in the quantity desired. 

Serve and devour!

Can make ahead and have in sandwiches or in pita with sliced onions cucumber tomato and kalamata olives. 

(nutritional information below)





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Tzatziki 
(total time 10 min)
-let sit in refrigerator 2 hours
Makes ~ 3 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews
Juice from 2 lemons 
2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
4-5 garlic cloves (more or less depending on how many vampires your fighting)
1-2 tbsp diced red onions 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 1/2 tbsp dried dill ((I used dehydrated)
1 cup water (less if you want thicker)
1 cucumber peeled and diced (set aside)

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender (except cucumbers and red onion) Vitamix blend until smooth.

Remove from blender and put in air tight bowl, add in cucumber and red onion, stir. Let sit in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving for best flavor. 

(nutritional facts below. NOTE: we use ALOT of Tzatziki so that's why I said it serves 7. It makes around 3 cups of Tzatziki)








Enjoy my friends! 

Dig in!
Until next time..


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