You know those times in your life when you feel like screaming, “I NEED SOMETHING NEW TO EAT IN MY LIFE!”
Yeah, I’m in one of those times right now.
It’s basically been survival mode for the past, oh you know, 6 months. 6 months ago we were ALL battling double ear infections, found out we were pregnant with #2, and then I had the bright idea of starting a handcrafted spice blend business that launched a week ago. Between sickness, first trimester fatigue, trying to not take all year to start this business from scratch and balancing all household duties, food has been simple and a bit mundane.
Simple I can handle, but mundane…. eh… that gets old.
I’ve realized that is kind of how life goes — you can’t be super (wo)man and some things just have to give. It’s called the Seasons of Life and the best thing you can do is roll with it and know eventually this season will pass and new one will come.
As you can imagine, new recipe creations have been pretty slim around here simply because of how busy I have been. I did get a creative itch and made a tzatziki sauce a few weeks ago that became my new (but old) favorite food. It’s refreshing, light, and reminds me of my childhood. My father’s side is Israeli and I have fond memories of us stuffing homemade falafels in fresh pita bread with lots of tzatziki sauce, olives, feta, and possibly some cucumbers and tomatoes. The amazing flavor combination of tzatziki sauce is one I could never forget.
Although falafels are pretty simple (I’m going to ask my aunt for her recipe soon so I can share it with you), they do require a number of ingredients. For this season in my life I need simple, minimal ingredients so I kept my eye out for a recipe that would fit that bill but also pair well with tzatziki sauce. If you’ve ever hit the “mundane-food-factor,” you know how desperate you get to try something new.
I came across lamb patties in a magazine I had laying around and thought, this would be perfect! Of course I adjusted the ingredients to fit our eating style and it was SO easy. We typically eat beef and chicken around here so I was also looking forward to eating different meat, too.
Now, despite the fancy sounding name — Lamb-Feta Patties with Tzatziki Sauce — both components of this recipe require maybe 10 minutes of prep time altogether. All the ingredients for the patties get mixed in one bowl and all the ingredients for the sauce get mixed in another bowl. Just have a few simple kitchen tools on hand and this meal can be on your table in 30 minutes or less.
I like to serve these lamb-feta patties with homemade rice cooked in bone broth (and mashed with lots of butter), steamed green beans (with lots of butter), and my simple cucumber, tomato, avocado salad (I throw in some feta cheese if I have any extra on hand from the patties). It’s a simple meal but it’s different and delicious. And it’s not TOO different to where your kids throw up the blockade and don’t want to try any of it.
- 1 lb ground lamb
- 2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup (heaping) crumbled full-fat feta cheese
- ½ tsp unrefined sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Tzatziki sauce (get the recipe here)
- In a bowl mix together all the ingredients thoroughly
- Form palm-size thin patties and set aside
- Place patties in a skillet on medium heat and cook 4-5 minutes on each side
- Meanwhile, make tzatziki sauce
- When dinner is ready, top lamb-feta patties with tzatziki sauce and enjoy