There are plenty of good reasons to go vegetarian, whether it’s to improve the quality of your diet, to exercise ethical beliefs, or to reduce your overall environmental impact. Whatever your reasoning, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to maintain your goals. While it may mean giving up some of your favorite foods, there are countless creative recipes out there that offer tasty alternatives to meat-based meals. These Roasted Chickpea Gyros are a perfect example. Instead of the lamb that you’d find in a traditional gyro, they’re filled with spicy roasted chickpeas. You’ll still enjoy the savory goodness you’d expect from a gyro, but in a vegetarian format: the perfect meal for an Earth Day weekend lunch!
- 1 15 oz can of chickpeas (aka Garbanzo beans)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For Tzatziki Sauce:
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup seeded cucumber, shredded or diced
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon chopped dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mini pita bread or naan bread
- 1/4 red onion, sliced
- lettuce leaves, chopped
- 1 tomato, sliced
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Pat the chickpeas dry with paper towels, removing any skins that may come off. Gently toss the chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt. Spread chickpeas out onto a greased baking pan and roast for about 20 mins, until they look slightly browned.
While chickpeas are roasting, make the Tzatziki sauce. Dice up one seedless cucumber, then sprinkle salt onto the cucumber pieces and lay them out on paper towels to draw out some moisture. Pour 2 cups of Greek yogurt into a medium mixing bowl, add the diced cucumber, chopped dill, minced garlic, and white wine vinegar. Mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Once the chickpeas are done roasting, you can assemble your gyros. Spread some Tzatziki sauce onto each pita bread, add some roasted chickpeas, then add veggies. Fold in half and enjoy!