I just got back from a weekend trip down to Texas to visit the family. Visiting Texas in the summer is always a dreaded endeavor for me. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love spending time with my family, but the heat is a bit overwhelming. When my brother texted me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that it was 110 degrees, the fear immediately set in. But, by some amazing stroke of luck, we had cooler weather in Dallas this past weekend. They got a little of the rain that was pounding the East coast and it cooled everything down to the point that I found myself actually wearing a light sweater a couple of times. It was awesome.
Whenever we visit Texas, we have our list of things that we absolutely must do. As you can imagine, most of them are food related. We must have Tex-Mex at least once. That one is pretty self-explanatory if you’ve ever had Tex-Mex. If you haven’t, I just have one word: queso. It’s hard to find good Tex-Mex queso in New York, so we eat as much as we can when we’re visiting Texas. We also must eat at Ballard Street Cafe, which is this little diner-style cafe in downtown Wylie, TX. Downtown Wylie is your typical small-town Texas downtown. It spans about 3 blocks on one street that is lined with a variety of shops. It even has an opry house, which we have yet to check out, but it definitely adds character to the town. Ballard Street Cafe serves your standard home-style Texas food. Their menu includes chicken fried steak or chicken, biscuits and gravy, burgers, and even tamales, just to name a few. You know, health food. We always walk away feeling a little sick from overeating, but we still do it every single time we’re in town. Finally, we must always have a BBQ. My brother has a big backyard with a nice grill and, since we don’t have that at our fingertips here in Brooklyn without throwing some elbows at the public grills down by the waterfront, we like to take advantage of that luxury when we’re visiting the fam.
While we eat really tasty food in Texas, it is very meat and cheese heavy and I always come back to NY craving every vegetable I can get my hands on. I’m currently craving this amazing lamb flatbread drizzled with tzatziki sauce. It is really light and refreshing, but it’s packed with flavor, and it is so easy to make and comes together pretty quickly once you get the lamb trimmed. As a bonus, you will have plenty of leftover lamb and tzatziki to make more flatbreads or a salad.
Lamb Flatbread with Tzatziki Sauce
Serving Nutrition (without tzatziki): 418 calories, 33.2 g protein, 21.6 g fat, 25 g carbohydrates, 502 mg sodium, 4.5 g fiber
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb boneless leg of lamb (fat trimmed)
1/2 small red onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 whole wheat flatbreads (I used lavash)
1/2 cup loosely packed spinach, chiffonade or roughly chopped
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 medium cucumber, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves, torn
Tzatziki Sauce (see below)
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Once you’ve trimmed the fat from the leg of lamb, cut lamb into bite sized cubes.
3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once hot, add minced onions and saute until translucent.
4. Add garlic and cook for about a minute.
5. Add lamb, lemon zest, and all spices and cook, stirring often, until lamb is browned. I like my lamb a nice dark pink on the inside, so I stopped cooking when it was all browned on the outside. If you like your meat well done, keep going a few more minutes until it is cooked through. You may need to cut a chunk in half to check for doneness.
6. While lamb cooks, place flatbreads on a baking sheet and place in oven for about 5 minutes.
7. Place each warm flatbread on a large plate and evenly top with spinach, onion, lamb, then tomatoes, cucumber, feta, and mint.
8. Generously drizzle tzatziki over everything.
Nutrition per tablespoon: 9 calories, 1.1 g protein, 0.2 g fat, 0.6 g carbohydrates, 40 mg sodium, 0 g fiber
1 1/2 cups of plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, shredded
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Use a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture from cucumber.
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
3. Taste and adjust salt & pepper as needed.