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Friday, March 9, 2018

Instant Pot Paleo Gyros

I have been lucky enough to get to travel to Greece. Even now I still remember the country being absolutely beautiful and the food was extremely delectable.

One of the things I fell in love with was the beef and lamb.  While there, I ate it two ways souvlaki or gyros, mainly because I was on a budget. #leohusband loves gyros but I don't eat grain anymore so when I do gyros I do one of two things.

If we are at a restaurant and I know ahead of time I'm going to eat gyros, I will slip a couple of butter lettuce leaves into a Ziploc and throw it into my purse.  Some restaurants are equipped to handle my request that my gyro is wrapped in lettuce leaves, but most are not.

You should have seen me at Chic-fa-lay asking them to wrap my grilled chicken in lettuce.  That poor teenager just didn't get it. HA!

Anyway, when I make gyro beef in the instant pot I either use it to top a salad with or I just skip the pita for me and wrap it in butter leaves.

Instant Pot Paleo Gyros

Toppings:
Butter or Iceberg Lettuce, to wrap the gyros in
Tomatoes
Red Onions, sliced into rings

Beef:
1 1/2 lbs beef chuck roast, sliced into thin quarter inch strips
1 large white or yellow onion, diced very fine
2 T olive oil
2 T garlic powder
2 t oregano
1T salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup beef broth

Tzatziki Sauce:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 large finely diced cucumber
2 T fresh dill
1 garlic clove, minced (Chronic Pain Warrior Tip: get the pre-minced garlic in a jar)
Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 and a half T
Salt and pepper to taste

Add beef, onion, oil, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, lemon juice and broth to the Instant Pot. 

Cover and make sure the valve is sealed and pressure cook for 30 minutes.

While the beef is cooking make the Tzatziki sauce.

Now I know what you are thinking, yogurt is not Paleo. 

Correct, however, it does have significant health benefits that I feel outweigh the "it's dairy so we should hate it" category. Yogurt has so many good bacterial cultures that are beneficial so I feel the biggest problem is the lactose.  

Well, guess what Green Valley Organics has the most delicious lactose-free whole milk plain yogurt. Right now you can definitely get it at Whole Foods. I apologize to everyone that doesn't have a Whole Foods.

Technically I don't either, my closest one is a good 45-minute drive without traffic. I did see them on Amazon so maybe that will work for you.

Kroger stocks the Green Valley sour cream and cream cheese and I filled out the request to get the yogurt stocked. It's a little work but eating healthy is important to me so I made the effort.

Combine yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, dill, salt, and garlic in medium bowl. Stir until creamy and combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until meat is ready.

When the instant pot finishes, do a 15-minute natural release. Open the pot and stir, add additional salt and pepper to taste

Serve beef on large lettuce leaves with the tomatoes, red onions, and top with Tzatziki.



I had so much Tzatziki leftover that I made impromptu gyro wraps with Thrive Market's Coconut Wraps and leftover ground beef. Fluffy Alarm Clock seriously wanted some.

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