Milk Kefir Tzatziki with lamb burgers

INGREDIENTS

Tzatziki

  • 1 cup full-fat cow’s milk kefir

  • 2 Tbs lemon juice

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 4 Tbs olive oil

  • 2 Tbs fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 2 Tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1-2 small garlic clove, mashed

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin (optional)

  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Lamb burgers

  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground grass-fed lamb meat

  • 4 Tbs fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 4 Tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Tzatziki

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Lamb Burgers

  1. In a large bowl, place the meat, herbs, spices and salt, and mix thoroughly with your hands.

  2. Once all ingredients are evenly incorporated, make 4 large burgers or as many mini burgers as you can, until you have used all of the meat.

  3. Cook burgers in the grill or in a pan until done

  4. Serve immediately drizzled with the milk kefir tzatziki, and cucumber slices.

  5. Add additional tzatziki as desired.

Modifications

If you do not want to use lamb, you may use chicken, fish, cooked chickpeas or lentils.

You may also, substitute the parsley and mint for fresh dill (great with fish), and leave out the cumin.

What are the benefits of this dish?

Several studies show that the meat and milk of grass-fed lambs is significantly higher in omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than the meat and milk of grain-fed lambs.

Increased intake of CLA is associated with improved immune and inflammatory function, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, and better maintenance of lean body mass

Lamb is an great source of B12, and is also loaded with other essential B vitamins, including vitamins B6, B3, B2, and B5, all essential to support our nervous system.

Lamb is also a good source of protein.

Milk kefir is a good source of probiotics, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids that support healing and repair of the gut mucosa. Milk kefir is particularly rich in vitamins A, B1, D, K2, folate, B12, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Some of the health benefits attributed to kefir include, protection from gastrointestinal diseases, providing nutrients necessary for optimal bone health and regulating immune function.