I love tzatziki. We are going to sneak away and get married, and have creamy dill and garlic babies. Well maybe not, but the flavor and tang of this Paleo tzatziki lingers with me. Maybe it’s just the garlic. One little tip: make sure those cucumbers have been stripped of all their peel, or you may end up with a hard to place the bitter taste. At least I found it hard to place; I can be slow here and there.
I think that’s normal? At least I hope; being really busy sometimes causes you to overlook the obvious. Maybe I’m not as good at multi-tasking as I would hope to be? There have been times I’ve been too tired/distracted/distressed to notice something like my underwear on inside out. Once or twice, shirts or even pants. Yes, I have made it thru my work day wearing my pants inside out. Yes, they were Lulu’s and yes I can wear them to work and apparently, no one really looks at me long enough to notice my pants are on inside out. I’d call that a win. Kind of like when you walk into a door or window and no one is there to see.
For these lucky people who are now famous on the internet, there was someone there to see. Why is it we always tell people about those dumb things we do when no one is watching? Or is that just me too?
I am a bit of a catastrophe: I drop stuff, break things, my unbrushed hair is a wild mess of curls and snarls, I trip and fall and spill stuff all the time. Usually doing too much with too little: too little to eat, too little allotted time, too little sleep. I am bad at asking for help. I always want to do it myself, be the best, the brightest. Perfectionism. It is my vice. I am continually setting myself up for failure, in addition to unrealistic expectations and stress. “Perfectionists are their own devils.” – Jack Kirby. (The following TED Talk is 20 minutes. Maybe listen to it while preparing the Paleo tzatziki.)
It is something I am working on daily: letting go of things I cannot control, accepting I cannot and should not do everything all the time. Taking the effort to show me gentle understanding and love. I don’t expect anyone else to live up to my expectations. Anyone else out there dealing with this? Have any tips or exercises that have helped? Please share them in the comments below.
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Creamy Paleo Tzatziki: tangy garlic, lemon, and dill. Dairy free!
- 1 batch Paleo Mayo (I omitted the dijon mustard from the mayo recipe, and preferred the flavor)
- 1 long english cucumber (peeled, seeded and grated)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 2 tbsp fresh dill (chopped)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Create a serving of Paleo Mayo.
- Peel, and grate cucumber into a mesh colander or cheese cloth, sprinkle with salt, and let sit for a few minutes.
- Add minced garlic, lemon juice, celery salt and dill to mayo; stir well.
- Press as much of the moisture out of your cucumber as possible, squeeze, shake, press, spin until it is as dry as you can get it.
- Add pressed cucumber to mixture and stir.
- Sprinkle with remaining salt and stir, let sit 10 min or more (overnight was excellent) and serve.
- Category: sauce
- Cuisine: Greek
No idea at all what you are talking about… We have been perfect ourselves, never procrastinate, never screw up…hmmmn. OK… not more than twice while attempting any one thing.
So the solution is to do nothing? Tried that… found out I was worse at that than at action. Plus you always get 2 points for the attempt.
Your mother used to get you to make a list and then cross out the things that will still be important in 10 years.
Perspective is important when feeling overwhelmed.
Hint… very few retired people care about what happened at work. It’s like high school after you graduate. I look at people losing long term spouses and moving on. Life is all about the process, the play and the people on the way.
I love Taziki! I was so happy to see this!
I found that it was too much lemon for me though.
With all the lemon in my Paleo Mayo, which is probably where things went off, I think I put too much lemon in the mayo, then more lemon in the taziki.
Maybe it’s just what my palate prefers, less tang, less citrus.
Super delicious though! I found that adding more salt really balanced out the tang.
Next batch I’m gonna try it with a little bit of the cucumber skin.
Good stuff, thanks.
It can be a lot of lemon with the mayo and the added lemon, play with it until it’s just perfect for you, I like a little more dill myself. I also found it got better the next day and then the day after? How was yours? Or did it last that long?
Linda mangum says
Great recipe.added a bit of feta, cut the mayo in half and added a bit of Greek yogurt instead.I was out of fresh dill, so had to use dried. Still fantastic. I think the trick that made it great was putting the peeled cucumber in a jar and used the immersion blender until it was smooth, then put it in a mesh strainer for a while to drain the excess liquid. After draining, I put all the ingredients in the jar and blended again. Perfection! Served it with some paleo feta/olive lamb burgers, Greek salad and artichokes.
Great idea! I don’t use my immersion blender enough! The greek yogurt woukd be a great substitute if you can tolerate dairy! I’m going to use my immersion blender next time it make this!! Genius Linda!
Linda mangum says
Hi, my 11 year old son love this recipe so much he used his own variation of it for an entry into Kiwi Magazine’s Next Great Young Chef contest for Lamb Sliders with Tatziki Sauce. Being a young man with learning disabilities, this was no easy feat, but he will let nothing hold him back. Perseverance paid off and he is a finalist in the online voting stage having passed the professional judging portion. Would you be so kind as to vote for our kiddo? The link is http://www.kiwimagonline.com/NGYC2015. You may vote as many times as you wish and as often as you wish until August 17. Feel free to share on your site or with others as most votes wins the $1000 cash prize and products. Help us fulfill a young man’s dream and let him know that he can do anything! Thanks in advance for your support!
Always nice to hear about kids interested in good food, and cooking! Love being an inspiration and being inspired by others in the paleo/grain free community! We will pass along the contest info!
That is so cool that a) Johnathan loves our tzatziki sauce and b) even cooler that he is using his version in that competition. We would be thrilled to share this with out followers.
Best of luck Johnathan! We’re routing for you!
How much mayo is it? There was no serving size on your mayo recipe. I’d like to measure it out for my own mayo. Thanks!!
Hi Elizabeth, one and a half customers is about right I think. Let me know how it goes