Surviving Dinner – Ground Turkey Gyros

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

Today’s recipe comes to you with apologies to anyone who might be Greek.  Or who has been to Greece.  Or might just like Greek food.  I don’t necessarily go for authenticity when I’m doing Surviving Dinner…but I must say that I find this to be a reasonable facsimile.  That’s a nice way of saying we’re not making tzatziki sauce tonight.  No matter…it’s quick, easy, and my kiddo had three servings of this while my husband had two.  I call it a healthy, yummy success!

Survival Menu:

  • Ground Turkey Gyros


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pita bread
  • feta cheese (original or herbed)
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • ranch dressing

1.  Brown the ground turkey with the seasonings.

2.  While meat is cooking, slice your veggies.

3.  If desired, heat your pitas in the microwave.

4.  Assemble – meat, feta, red onion, and cucumbers topped with a bit of ranch dressing.

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


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