There’s nothing like a cool dip on a hot summer day!
Tzatziki: Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Dip
Yield: 4 servings
1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
2 small cucumbers (English, Japanese, or Persian), peeled, seeded and diced small
1 small garlic clove, peeled and grated on a Microplane
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint
1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon red wine vinegar
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Garnish with dill.
Serve with grilled meat, pita crisps and/or freshly cut vegetables such as carrots, celery, bell peppers and cucumbers.
Lemon and Herb Kefir Spread
(Look for kefir in the yogurt section of your grocery store.)
2 cups plain whole milk kefir
1 teaspoon finely chopped preserved lemon (optional)
½ teaspoon lemon zest, grated on a Microplane
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pour the kefir into a nut bag or a triple layer of cheese cloth. Place the nut bag in a strainer. Place the strainer inside a bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 16 to 18 hours.
Discard or reserve the whey (clearish liquid) in the bowl. Transfer the strained kefir from the nut bag into a small bowl. Add the preserved lemon, lemon zest, lemon juice and thyme and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Slather on a piece of your favorite toasty bread and serve!
Photo: Ronald Tsang
P.S. This recipe was recently featured in an issue of Clean Eating Magazine!
Really can’t go wrong here. Cocoa powder, peanut butter, sweet, salty, spicy, protein, fiber, sweet-tooth killer. Blend on!
PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate) Smoothie
Yields: 2 cups
1 large banana, peeled
1 cup almond milk
½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
7 small fresh deglet noor or medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until thoroughly combined.