A Coriander & Linseed Turkey Protein Gyro!

I grew up in five different countries, speaking three different languages, and eating an endless array of dramatically different foods. Growing up, there’s one question people would always ask me: ‘what’s your favorite?’ They would ask this about countries and I’d always shrug and say I-couldn’t-say because how can one compare? They’d ask this about languages too and again it’d be a question left without an answer because can one really choose? But then they’d ask it about food and ah! that’s when I’d smile the big smile and break into an impassioned discussion about food because, when it comes to food, I most certainly do have some favorites. Top of the list? the Greek Gyro (aka the γυρο πιτα <- click on the link to see the gyro in all its mighty glory). For me, the Greek Gyro represents a work of culinary genius. There you have your pita – fried up, thick, and la la laaa, delicious! – your homemade tzatziki (pure nommage nommage!), your meat (which can range from pork, veal, and beef, to turkey and chicken), your thinly-sliced red onions and tomatoes and your  french fries. That’s the basic anatomy of the Gyro – an object of millions upon millions of admirers.

To recreate my spellbinding love of gyros in a ‘healthy’ fashion (because traditional gyros are a caloric blast to the system and either way I’m not in Greece), I like to make protein pitas and fill them with  chicken or turkey, thiiinly sliced red onion, homemade tratziki, and, when I remember (which I didn’t today – booo), sweet potato fries BOOM – that’s it! That’s hand-held heaven right there. In this post, I’m going to give you the recipe for my basic protein pitas. Ready for it? Here goes:

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon psyllium husks
1 tablespoon pea protein powder
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

1. Blended together and pancake-fried on an extra-virgin-olive-oiled pan.

2. To the above I like to add some herbs. Today, for example, I added some dried coriander (it’s nice with some dried oregano too!) and 1/2 tbsp of golden linseeds (aka flaxseed). This is optional really, you don’t have to add them in; they just add a nice herby undertone to the pita which I like a lot.

Macros per Serving (out of 1):

205kcals
19g protein
10g carbos (1.1g sugars)
10g fat (1.6g sat)
6.7g fiber

Sooo, yeah what you then do is just fill up the pita with a gnarly homemade tzatziki, your turkey or chicken (or veal or pork or beef), a few sliced red onions, tomatoes (which, like I said, I totally forgot!) and sweet potato fries (which I also forgot but are necessary for the ultimate win). Ooooopa! We’re talking about pure deliiiiiciousness here.

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