Paleo Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

I’m currently on an elimination diet in an attempt to heal my gut, and ON this elimination diet I’m not supposed to eat beef or pork (and I basically always make something with chicken, beef, or pork….so there goes 2/3 of my recipes…haha). While I was grocery shopping last week I was browsing (because I love browsing the grocery store) and I stumbled upon some organic ground lamb on sale! At first I was like…

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But then I realized that I was sick of eating chicken and didn’t feel like fish, so I knew Practical Paleo and Pinterest would come to my rescue. I took the risk and came home with the ground lamb. With a little investigating, I discovered some INCREDIBLE recipes made with lamb and I look forward to trying more than just this one! It turns out lamb is pretty common in Greek and Moroccan recipes, which is out of my cooking comfort zone, but sounds totally delicious.

What I came up with is adapted from recipes from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy and Diane Sanfilippo’s Practical Paleo.  It turned out SO delicious! I was pleasantly surprised.

Let me know if you try it and how you like it!!

Paleo Gyros 1

Paleo Gyros (adapted from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil

Directions: Mix all ingredients except lamb in a food processor, then add lamb and grind that in as well until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Press mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour, or until cooked thoroughly. Let cool completely and refrigerate. After thoroughly cooled, cut into slices (as you would banana bread). Pan fry each slice in some olive oil until browned.

Paleo Gyros 2

Tzatziki (avoziki) Sauce (adapted from Practical Paleo)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/3 c coconut milk
  • 1/4 c peeled and grated cucumber
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Sea salt and black pepper

I served these in butter lettuce instead of pita or gyro bread, topped with some delicious tzatziki (or avoziki) sauce! I topped Jason’s with some Feta cheese as well. I think it would be delicious with tomato too. Do whatever you’d like with it and enjoy!

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