01 March 2012

Recipe Quickie [Cinnamon-ziki Sauce]

cinnamon-ziki healthy cinnamon tzatziki yogurt sauce

When you combine my love for all things tzatziki with my sweet-n-savory obsession, the stars practically align.  I've been whipping up this super speedy dip all week and had to finally share the recipe!  I was hesitant at first b/c I was certain that posting a recipe that combines cinnamon and dill would have me shipped off to the looney bin buuuuut if this combo is wrong... I don't wanna be right!

Cinnamon-Ziki Sauce
grab a dollop [or more!] of super thick Greek yogurt and add....
a sprinkle of dried parsley
dried minced onion [or onion powder!]
dried dill and, of course, a fabulous pinch of cinnamon
mix well to incorporate and serve it up on anything and everything in sight

I left out measurements since the amount of sauce you need will vary depending on whether you serve this up with warm, toasted pita triangles or plop a dollop onto some super flavorful falafel!  Add them in equal parts and then give it a taste!  I usually toss in a little extra of each b/c I've fallen absolutely mad for the pairing of these herbs/spices -- Hope you love it too!

Oh and it is baller.  I repeat, BALL. ER. over some baked Veggie Patch Falafel =)

While we're at it, here's the recipe for my classic Tzatziki sauce too!
 
Tzatziki Sauce

3/4 cup of plain non-fat Greek yogurt [I exclusively use Fage -- it's AMAZING!]
1/2 large cucumber seeded, peeled, and diced/minced or grated
1/4 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced + smushed
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped [dried will work too!]
a small sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
dried minced onions, dried dill, and garlic powder, to taste

Feel free to leave the skin on the cucumber for a little extra fiber!  English cucumbers have the best-tasting skin and the least amount of seeds in the center!

or you can dive face first into this Zucchini-ziki Sauce and call it a day! =)


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39 comments:

  1. I love all things tzatziki, and now I want some falalfel. Okay you've convinced me, I'm going to try it. :)

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  2. this looks so amazing! i am def going to try this. 

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  3. OMG, you're recipes make me smile!!!!!!!  Hahahah, cinnamon is so versatile, isn't it???  Once Ryan made me guac {from a recipe on my blog} and read "Cumin" as Cinnamon and I couldn't figure out WHY the guac tasted so funky.......then he said "Yea I thought it was strange you asked for Cinnamon in your recipe!!"  Ummmm....no cinnamon in guac, not good, but ZIKI?!  YES PLEASE!!

    xxoo

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  4. bahahahaha I wish it WAS good b/c I'd totally make cinnamon guac! =) Though the ziki for sure rocks -- I've made it a few times now and, though I was TERRIFIED, to blog it.. I figured if my picky palette loved it over falafel then others would too! Let me know if you try it gorgeous! MWAH!

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  5. I have been a cinnaholic lately.  I have put it in everything from coffee, tea, smoothies, oats and hot chocolate. thank goodness it healthful!

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  6. Yum-- great idea adding cinnamon to the sauce! I think it would totally work!! 

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  7. cinnamon is definitely an underutilized spice in my house. Sad, right?

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  8. Mine too.. But now it's getting the attention it deserves! =) Your turn Amy!

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  9. Partimehousewife01@gmail.comThursday, March 01, 2012

    Wow. Yummmmm

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  10. Yum!!  Help me out ... what else could you pair the sauce with??  B/c it sounds delicious!

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  11. For you, miss t-rex chef? easy! chicken gyro-style pita sandwiches! or use it as a spread ontop of a turkey burger and top it with greek yummies like hummus and cucumber =)

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  12. Y-u-m! I just made a kefir tzatziki that was delicious but I love the idea of adding cinnamon. Would've never thought of that. 

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  13. Love it! Going to have falafel tomorrow night- this might be a nice little change to enliven the taste buds!

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  14. I'm always up for new interesting flavors. Love falafels too!

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  15. Ohhhh I like that! Cinnamon-ziki! Clever!! Sounds delish!

    xx
    Katie {EpicureanMom.com}

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  16. Oh wow, this sounds so interesting! I love both tzaziki and cinnamon, and I'd love to try the combination. Very creative!

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  17. CrunchyCreamySweetThursday, March 01, 2012

    This is brilliant, Jenn! We love tzatziki sauce, so naturally I will have to try this one. Thank you!

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  18. Oh what an interesting combination!  I love playing around with spices.  I will totally have to try this one out!  Thanks for visiting me and I'm so happy to have found you as well :)

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  19. You need to patent this. Like immediately!

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  20. Where is your book that you need to write (combined with the witty commentary)? 
    BTW spreading the sriracha love to everyone I encounter...went a little overboard and brought a bottle to work for taste to tests to anyone who would take it :)

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  21. I LOVE ziki sauce but have never thought to make it. I am about to make some lunch so I think I will make some of this sauce to put on my sandwich!

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  22. Soo ... then not on cupcakes, huh? ;)  Just teasing, Jenn!  Thanks for your ideas ... I like the idea of putting it on a turkey burger!  It would be a lot more interesting than my normal ketchup and mustard!! ;)

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  23. mmmm this looks so great! I think the cinnamon would add such a unique flavor!

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  24. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.Friday, March 02, 2012

    Love!! Great idea to do a cinnamon-ziki! 

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  25. awwww thanks Rach! I'm glad you like it! It goes on everything right?! so good!

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  26. YUM. Great addition to an already delicious product. 

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  27. MMM, cinnamon with everything is magical! Those falafels look great as well.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  28. Congrats on top 9!

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  29. http://deliciousalex.blogspot.com/

    welcome to me :)

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  30. Deeps NaughtyCurrySunday, March 04, 2012

    ha, what an innovative idea love it!

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  31. bahahahaha! come over and help me make the next batch! mwah!

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  32. The falafels look like a perfect, healthy, quick-fix dinner. I need to try those out along with the bacon tempeh. (Your shameless plug worked.) LOL!

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