I absolutely love Mediterranean food. I love the couscous, hummus, pita bread, olives & olive oil, etc... I also love chicken and turkey more than red meat. Such lean white meats, like the turkey in this recipe, have great benefits for your colon because of their selenium content. Studies show that higher levels of this mineral are associated with a decreased risk for colorectal cancer. Turkey also gives you lots of protein and it’s low in fat. November is a month where you eat a lot of turkey, and since I already made my “Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers” recipe for summertime grilling, this time I made turkey burgers with a Mediterranean flair-- with black olives, feta cheese & spices.
Pita bread is a staple with Mediterranean cuisine, so I place my turkey burger in a whole wheat pita. Whole grains are one of the best sources of fiber, which is necessary to keep your bowels moving and working as they should. The Mediterranean diet is a plant-based diet-- and the one which I identify with the most-- so I was happy to include a variety of vegetables in this recipe. Tomatoes + red onions + cucumbers + lettuce = yum! Colorful vegetables such as these are important for colon health and provide other nutrients, like magnesium, which can cut your risk of colon cancer.
Tzatziki sauce is a well-known sauce used for Greek dishes, so I make my own using vanilla Greek yogurt (for a little sweetness & a unique flavor). Greek yogurt is wonderful because it has probiotics to promote good digestive health. Besides a vanilla flavor, this tzatziki sauce also contains dill, lemon and garlic which really seem to top off this tasty turkey burger, like a cherry completes an ice cream sundae.
Ingredients (Serves 4):