Two weeks ago I went to Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona. There was baseball. And there were sunrises. And there were some of my favorite people in the entire world. There was sun, heat, and firm asses in white pants. Oh, it was good.
Except for the pesky fact that I came down with the flu. I’m not sure exactly when it officially reared its ugly head. It was probably somewhere between the first body-ache and the second, “Nine more minutes of sleep,” snooze alarm.
Thanks to this blasted illness, I’m 47 days from my birthday and I have officially missed two of my 2016 goals:
- 3 (or more) workouts every week
- Read 1 book a week
However, since as I was a veritable puddle of Kleenex and coughing, I’m going to give myself have a pass. Because heck, it’s not falling that matters. It’s getting back up and doing the damn thing until you get it right.
Which, in a very roundabout way, brings me back to what I have lovingly come to consider Arizona ballpark food – the gyro.
I can almost taste it now. The soft pita. The crisp lettuce. The layers and layers of flavor-packed meat. I mean come on people, this is the kind of meal you’re supposed to drip on your knees while cheering for Felix and letting your shoulders get a bit of a burn. It comes covered in a bright tzatziki – a garlic acidic sauce that’s layered with cucumber and lemon juice. It comes wrapped in flimsy paper, on an equally flimsy plate that lasts about as long as it takes you to devour your handheld treat.
I shared a traditional tzatziki a while back. (We’re talking 2011. CRAZY right?!?!)
Without the cucumber, I’m fairly certain someone might whip me with a wet noodle for even hinting this is like a tzatziki. But what can I say? This is a more salad dressing, less dip approach. It offers a touch of creamy goodness and a power punch of tang.
Greek Yogurt Garlic Dressing
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 lemon, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, whisk all four ingredients until fully combined. Taste and add more pepper as needed. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before use.