Chickpea Gyros with Tofu Tzatziki Sauce

Well, hello there!

If you are here then I see you survived the food coma that is Thanksgiving dinner(s). I don’t know about you, but I ate like crap. Mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, butter rolls–any carb-filled, fattening thing you could have ate, I ate.

I am trying to recover from the horrendous eating and decided I would do a challenge to myself: Eat vegan dinners all week.

I followed a vegan diet for a while, and I must say that I miss the way it made me feel. My brain didn’t feel so foggy and it really helped me with my running. It just didn’t seem to suck as bad whenever I was working out when I had followed a vegan diet. Seemed my endurance came easier and overall, I just felt better. Didn’t feel so heavy or bloated, either.

So, as a pre-New Year’s goal, I am going to start transitioning to being primarily plant-based. Not sure if I will ever go full vegan diet again, but we shall see.

Anyways, I tried my hand at chickpea gyros with a vegan tzatziki sauce. I enjoyed this meal and would definitely make it again. I added an authentic Greek marinade from a cookbook I got at a Greek festival recently to the chickpeas.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Get whole wheat pitas and whatever veggies you want to stuff them with. I used tomato, spinach, and red onion.
  2. For Greek marinade (great for chicken as well!)
    • Unless specifically measured, I just eyeballed everything:
      • 1/2 cup olive oil
      • Garlic powder
      • Onion powder
      • Minced onion
      • Thyme
      • Oregano
      • Salt & pepper
      • Lemon juice (probably a TB or two)
  3. Use a oven-friendly glass container to put your chickpeas in (I used a whole can so I would have left overs) and cover chickpeas in the marinade.
  4. Bake at 375 for 15 mins with a stir or two to make sure they don’t stick.
  5. For the tofu tzatziki, I used this recipe.
  6. Stuff your pitas with all this goodness and enjoy.

Even my husband liked the tzatziki, so don’t bash it til you try it! He thought it was made of yogurt. 😉

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