Mediterranean Dinner Menu

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I’ve been on a Mediterranean kick lately when it comes to my meal choices. Thankfully we have several paleo-Mediterranean recipes on the blog. To show case these fantastic meal options we’ve put together a menu of delicious recipes.

This menu is perfect for a dinner party or even a themed dinner for the family.

Mediterranean Dinner Menu

  1. 5 Minute Olive Tapenade– A great start to a fantastic meal.
  2. Mediterranean Gnocchi– A great starter or main course.
  3. Paleo Tzatziki Sauce– The perfect sauce to dress your gyros.
  4. Paleo Garlic Naan– This may have been created from Indian inspiration but it’s the perfect wrap for your gyros.
  5. Beef Gyros, Lamb Gyros & Chicken Gyros– It’s your choice but let us warn you…all options are delicious!
  6. Date Orange Loaf– Of course we can’t end without something sweet.

We hope you enjoy this menu as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

Happy Dining!

Melissa Van Dover

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Chicken Gyros

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We hinted a couple weeks ago that we’d be delivering a lighter take on our paleo beef gyros. Today we’re delivering it. Here’s our paleo take on traditional chicken gyros. Just like our beef gyros, our chicken gyros are healthy, nutritious and filling. They are a guilt free meal that will keep you fueled throughout the day. Did we mention that they are easy and quick to make?

INGREDIENTS

2 chicken breasts, sliced, preferably less that 1/4″ thick
1/2 onion, diced
1 – 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 serving Paleo Tzatziki Sauce
1 serving Paleo Garlic Naan Bread
Desired garnish (i.e. lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers)

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat oil to medium heat.
Add onions and sauté until they are slightly brown, roughly 5 mins.
Reduce to medium-low heat.
Add chicken, garlic, oregano, cumin, allspice, lemon juice, salt and pepper to frying pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through.
To plate: Stuff our “paleo garlic naan bread” with meat mixture, tzatziki sauce and desired garnish.
You’re ready to eat!

That’s all and you end up with a delicious and filling meal. As we promised a lighter fare gyro! We hope you enjoy this delicious, quick and easy meal.

Happy Eating!

Melissa Van Dover

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Beef Gyros

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Making beef gyros can seem a little intimidating at first, thankfully they’re relatively simple to make. They are healthy, nutritious and filling. They also store great and are a fantastic dish for cooking in bulk. Try your hand at our paleo beef gyros below, as with the majority of our recipes they’re easy and quick to make.

INGREDIENTS

6 – 8 ounces beef tenderloin, sliced, preferably less that 1/4″ thick (substitute for the “cut of meat” you prefer)
1/2 onion, diced
1 tablespoon avocado oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 serving Paleo Tzatziki Sauce
1 serving Paleo Garlic Naan Bread
Desired garnish (i.e. lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers)

RECIPE

In a frying pan, heat oil to medium heat.
Add onions and sauté until they are slightly brown, roughly 5 mins.
Reduce to medium-low heat.
Add beef, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt and pepper to frying pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked to your desired level.
To plate: Stuff our “paleo garlic naan bread” with meat mixture, tzatziki sauce and desired garnish.
You’re ready to eat!

That’s all and you’ll end up with a delicious and filling meal. Want a lighter fare gyro? Not a problem. We have a recipe for paleo chicken gyros coming up soon! We hope you enjoy this delicious, quick and easy meal.

Happy Eating!

Melissa Van Dover

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Paleo Tzatziki Sauce

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Dips and sauces can seem like the most difficult recipes to make paleo; this is because they are often dairy based. However, if we spend a little time thinking outside the box we can find a way to make them fit our paleo lifestyle.

Here’s a great example of utilizing ingredients we already had around our house to make one of our favorite sauces paleo. As is the norm with our recipes, it’s simple and it’s quick!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup diced cucumber
1 can coconut milk (let stand overnight)
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

RECIPE

Prepare 1 cup of diced cucumber. Place in bowl and set aside.
Open 1 can of coconut milk that has been left standing overnight. Remove cream that has formed at the top of the can and add it to the bowl of cucumber. (1 can of coconut milk = roughly 1/4 cup of cream)
Add dill, garlic flakes, salt and pepper to bowl.
Combine throughly.
*Note: If tzatziki mixture is too thick add a spoonful of coconut milk liquid to the mixture at a time. Combine throughly and continue to add liquid until desired consistency has been reached.

The best part of this recipe is that you don’t notice the taste of coconut! Stay tuned for some upcoming gyro recipes.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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