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5.08.2011

Just Another Meatless Monday #59 Vegetarian Gyros

Sort of anyway. Sometimes you just want a flavor combination or a certain taste sensation but don't have the ingredients to pull it off. Enter an insane desire for a gyro and house devoid of gyro meat, pita bread, tzatziki sauce and fresh tomatoes and one determined mother who is NOT going to the store and you get desperation vegetarian gyros. And I'll be damned if they weren't actually pretty good.

Vegetarian Gyros


1 cucumber
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 greek yogurt
 1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
1 teaspoon garlic powder-use fresh minced if you like, I believe I may be allergic to it so I have switched to dried
6, six-eight inch flour tortillas
1/2 a recipe of vegan meat substitute
2 teaspoons cooking oil
pinch of allspice
scant pinch of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of dried mint
salt and pepper to taste
chopped fresh tomatoes if you have them
chopped fresh onions if you have them

preheat oven to 300˚
wash and cut the cucumber in to 1 inch lengths-I did this to avoid long strands of cucumber
grate each piece
sprinkle with salt and let rest in a colander to release it's juice
meanwhile whirl the cottage cheese and the yogurt together in a food processor
add the parsley, dill weed and garlic and process until smooth, about 30 seconds
let the cucumber continue to drain while you prepare the tortillas and meat
wrap the tortillas in foil and warm them in the oven for 10 minutes or so while you prepare the 'meat'
over medium heat in a small frying pan heat the oil
when the oil is warmed add the meat substitute, allspice, cinnamon and dried mint
cook and stir occasionally until warmed through
taste for salt and pepper and add as needed
remove from heat and cover to keep warm
get the tortillas out if they are ready
squeeze any remaining juice from the cucumbers
mix them with the cottage cheese and yogurt sauce in a bowl
top each tortilla with a scoop of the 'meat' and arrange on a platter
serve with the cucumber sauce and any fresh onions or tomatoes you may have

I think I may be allergic to raw onions and garlic so I didn't add any fresh chopped onions to mine, wish I could have though! I can see topping these with a dash of fresh tahini sauce or a crunchy pickle relish or even salsa. They had the cool creamy sauce and mildly spiced 'meat' flavor I was looking for and I didn't even have to go to the store. The cucumber sauce was actually more than we could use but it made excellent salad dressing the next day.





Peace and Love--


5 comments :

  1. Mmm. That gyro looks good! Thanks for hosting this link up party! I posted Grilled Asparagus and Artichoke Salad. I hope you enjoy!
    -Nancy @ www.realfoodallergyfree.com

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  2. Thanks a lot for hosting.Its nice to be back here

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  3. Laura, your vegetarian gyros look fantastic, and they sound really yummy. Thank you for another great vegetarian recipe, and also for hosting Just Another Meatless Monday. Have a lovely week!

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  4. Hi Laura,
    Your Veggie Gyro's look awesome, I would really enjoy one of those. Thank you for hosting today and have a great week!

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  5. the food looks great, I am looking for some vegetarian food and by browsing I found your site...look like I will be your frequent visitor =) looking forward for more Nutritious recipes.

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