I have a secret to tell you. I don’t really like to eat meat! But just take one look at this Veggie Burger topped with my Homemade Tzatziki Sauce With Greek Yogurt and you’ll forget all about ground beef! Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. #PepperidgeFarm #FarmhouseHeartyBuns
In our home, I’m what we call a “squeamish meat eater.” It’s not that I can’t appreciate a well-cooked filet mignon because I can, but I could just as easily become a vegetarian or a pescatarian and never look back.
Truth be told, I’ve always been this way. Ever since I was a little kid, I can remember pushing my steak around my plate and trying to hide it under my mac-and-cheese. It used to make my parents batty, but no matter what they tried, I disliked meat.
So when I went to college, I became a very unhealthy vegetarian – if you could even call it that. Since I wasn’t a big carnivore to begin with, there was no way I was eating the mystery meat in the dining halls. Instead, I ate whatever I could find that didn’t have meat in it. Unfortunately, this meant lots of pasta with watered down tomato sauce, lots of bread and butter, and lots of milk and soda. It wasn’t a very healthy meal plan, but to be fair to my alma mater, I went to college back in the 90’s and things were a bit different then.
When I finally came back home, my Mom took one good look at what I was eating and put a stop to it. She didn’t do it meanly. She just knew that I was eating garbage and like the old saying goes, “garbage in is garbage out.” Or something like that.
So Mom sat me down and helped me figure out what I needed to eat if I didn’t want to eat meat. She offered to support me in my decision, but she also said that she wasn’t going to change everyone else’s carnivore-loving ways just because I didn’t want to eat meat. At first, I thought she was being rude, but then I realized that I couldn’t expect my family to become vegetarians if they still enjoyed meat.
Fast forward a few more years, and now I’m a Mom myself with two little kids who think that it’s hilarious that their Mom is a “squeamish meat eater.” So why do I even bother eating meat? Well because I feel strongly that it’s up to me to set a good example for my kids and just because I don’t prefer meat doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t either.
When consumed in moderation, meat is great for your body. When cooked properly, meat can be incredibly delicious. (Remember – I love a good filet mignon!) So I want my kids to experience all of the food that they can without fear of judgment from their Mom. I also want my children to see me being healthy and sometimes being healthy requires you to do things that you don’t always want to. For instance, I don’t really want to do bicycle crunches at the gym, but my trainer swears they’ll whittle down my waistline, so I do them. I may not want to eat red meat, but if I’m feeling sluggish and tired, I know my body is craving iron, so we’ll have some meat. I do what’s best for my cravings and theirs, which brings me back to today’s post.
At lunch today, I had a hankering for a huge Greek salad. But I was naughty this morning and skipped breakfast, so I knew that a salad was not going to tide me over until dinnertime. But I also knew that I’d be a cranky mess if I didn’t get some feta and tomatoes in my belly asap. So I went digging through my freezer until I found one of my beloved veggie burgers. Only this time, I was going to make a new chickpea variety that I knew would pair wonderfully with some Homemade Tzatziki Sauce With Greek Yogurt.
Then, I was going to pile my burger high with fresh green lettuce, crumbled feta, diced cucumbers, and sliced garden tomatoes.
I was on a mission and I was going to make the Mother Of All Veggie Burgers.
In order to pull this off, I was going to need a bun that could withstand the weight of all of my veggie goodness. So I pulled out the big guns: my new Pepperidge Farm® Farmhouse Hearty Buns. These bad boys do exceptionally well under pressure and can really withstand the weight of multiple ingredients without collapsing or getting soggy (yuck). Trust me – I piled them high with pulled pork and homemade coleslaw last week and these hearty buns allow for all the fixings of a really great sandwich or burger, without falling apart on you!
Anyways, the next time you’re starving and need to get some food in your belly fast, I highly recommend whipping up a Greek Veggie Burger topped with some Homemade Tzatziki Sauce With Greek Yogurt. I think it tastes best after it’s been chilled overnight, but I’ll leave that up to you.
HOMEMADE TZATZIKI SAUCE WITH GREEK YOGURT
- 1, 8-ounce container of full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 seedless cucumber, peeled and diced
- 1 1/2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- salt and pepper, to taste
Step 1: Dice cucumber and set aside on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and allow the water to weep out of them. Let sit for a half hour. Place cucumbers on a new paper towel and pat dry to remove the last of the water. *You need to drain your cucumbers just like you need to drain zucchini before you make zucchini bread; the excess water will ruin the consistency of your dish.
Step 2: Place some cheesecloth in a colander and set atop a mixing bowl. Empty the container of yogurt into it the colander and allow excess liquid to drain. After the liquid is gone, place the yogurt into a new bowl. *Again, you need to get rid of the excess liquid so it doesn’t ruin the consistency of the sauce.
Step 3: Combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill, and garlic. Gently fold ingredients together until combined. Taste; add more lemon juice if needed. Add pepper, for sure, and more salt if needed, but go easy on it! Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight for even better results!
Do you make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce With Greek Yogurt? Do you do anything differently? Some people have told me they use sour cream…let me know what you do in the comments below!