Avocado Tzatziki- 50 Women Game Changers – Cat Cora #48

Avocado Tzatziki

Avocado Tzatziki

 

This week is #48 following Gourmet Online’s “50 Women Game Changers” and it’s dedicated to Cat Cora, who gained visibility on the television program The Iron Chef. Follow along with me and other bloggers as we learn more about her.

Of Greek heritage, Cat Cora was raised in Mississippi. Like some of the previous game changers, she had restaurant life in her blood; both her father and her grandfather were restaurateurs. Her cooking career began when she attended the Culinary Institute of America. Afterwards, she apprenticed at various restaurants in New York: the Arcadia, and the Beekman Tavern; and in France with two three-star chefs, George Blanc and Roger Verge. She made the move to Napa Valley, California, to be Chef at Bistro Don Giovanni. However, if you asked Cat she would say that it was her family, and her Greek Community that had “an incalculable” influence on her career.

Television has treated Cora well. Besides the Iron Chef America, Cora has appeared on the Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito, Kitchen Accomplished, Celebrity Cooking Showdown, and her own show My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, to name a few. And she has three cookbooks: Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals; and Classics with a Twist and Cat Cora’s Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends. Her approach in these books is fast, healthy, and family friendly recipes.

Cat used her notoriety to create Chefs for Humanity a non-profit organization that attempts to offer resources to communities in times of need, and she works with Michelle Obama to promote healthy eating in schools.

The avocado tzatziki recipe is courtesy the Cat Cora website, which I have slightly modified. It makes a delicious sauce to spread on a falafel, or to accompany roasted chicken, or meat.

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 3-1/2 cups

Servings: 7 servings of ½ cup

 

Ingredients:

2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated

1-1/2 avocados (peeled and diced)

 

Procedure:

In a medium bowl, mix together the first five ingredients. Next, add the cucumber and avocado and stir well. Refrigerate before serving.

 

Check out what these other great cooks have come up with:

Val – More Than Burnt Toast, Joanne – Eats Well With Others, Taryn – Have Kitchen Will Feed, Susan – The Spice Garden, Heather – Girlichef, Miranda – Mangoes and Chutney, Jeanette – Healthy Living,  Mary – One Perfect Bite, Kathleen –Bake Away with Me  Sue – The View from Great Island, Barbara – Movable Feasts, Kathleen – Gonna Want Seconds,   Linda A – There and Back Again, Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits,  Veronica – My Catholic Kitchen,  Annie– Most Lovely Things , Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook,  Amrit Beetles Kitchen, Alyce – More Time at the Table, Jill – Saucy Cooks, Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink
This recipe is also posted at Full Plate Thursday and Pennywise Platter

 

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16 comments to Avocado Tzatziki- 50 Women Game Changers – Cat Cora #48

  • Claudia

    She is the most enthusiastic chef in the states. Not only for her delicious recipes but also for presentation. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it.

  • You know, I wound up making a few different things from Cat…and this was one of them! Funny that you cut down on the olive oil – I did, too. Looks great :)

  • This sounds like such a great dip…love the flavors! Looks delicious! Have a great weekend!

  • I love Tzatziki and I love Avocados, so Avocado Tzatziki sounds divinely inspired to me. I would also go with your recommendation to cut back on the olive oil. I may just have to try this today as yours looks so tantalizing.

  • I found a new dip! Serving this Sunday. Delicious!

  • Ok: I’m making this one, too! BEautiful. Happy Friday.

  • I make a lot of tzatziki, Mireya, but have never added avocado. What a great idea.
    Nice write up on Cat. Amazing to be so close to the end, isn’t it?

    (Had a long email discussion with Deana from Long Past Remembered re olive oil cakes. She has given me another recipe to try, with rosemary and a blood orange glaze. She didn’t want me to give up on olive oil cakes either!)

  • I was curious about this avocado tzatziki when I saw you were making this – looks great and like how you made it healthier by using less oil.

  • I love this recipe. We are having a retirement party for one of our teachers at St. Pius. I was asked to bring something. I think I will make this.

  • Looks wonderful and I’m glad that the oil can be reduced without compromising the dish! Yum!

  • Is that falafel you are making there? Mmmmm. I like this dip, sound like it would accompany many things.

  • I have Cooking from the Hip and this is the first recipe I ever made from it. I still love to make it it is that good!

  • This sounds wonderful and it is the kind of dish that can be made and enjoyed over and over again. I’m so glad you chose it and decided to share it with us. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • SAUCY, TANGY, SWEET & SMOOTH. This looks nice and mouth watering. What I think I will take away from this food blog if I may say is the fact everything is simple to follow. The dish is attractive and so are the steps to making something that not only is good to look upon but also make a wonderful treat.

    With that said, Avocados, Avocado, or Avo, whatever you prefer calling it by are a great source of vital build blocks for our body.

  • Heather U

    Yum! I made this to go with grilled chicken and freshly-baked bread. It’s awesome. I meant to use half the olive oil but totally forgot to add it at all. I don’t miss it and so won’t add it in now. I had to use lime rather than lemon and that worked well. My favorite plain yogurt is Fage 2%, so that’s what I used here. Thanks for posting!

  • Celia Merritt

    Hi Mireya,

    I finally subscribed after all this time. I love to read and
    try the recipes. They are truly very appetizing and and taste as good as they look. Great! Provecho!!

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