Greek Meatballs + Tzatziki

January 25, 2018

I saw a recipe something like this on a food bloggers instagram the other day and it inspired me to make something similar. i love the flavors in greek & mediterranean food. Lemon and fresh herbs, and of course extra feta. So this seemed like a perfect meal and it turned out just as good as I expected.

 

Speaking of feta... If you haven't learned this already, I'm obsessed with Trader Joe's, and one of my favorite parts about it is the cheese section. They have like some seriously good cheeses... and so many options. They also have a lot of goat cheeses and sheeps milk cheeses. I like this because it means they are much lower in lactose, so it's easier for people who are lactose intolerant to digest. I am not lactose intolerant, but Goat and Sheep products on average contain less hormones, and because of the structure of their fat glands, they are naturally easier to digest!

 

Anyway, enough about cheese, here's the recipe for this tasty dinner:

Makes about 6 servings

Prep time 20 minutes | Total Time 40 minutes

 

I like to serve this with a side salad, and some warm pita pockets. This time I just chopped up some cucumber, tomatoes, parsley and feta and mixed it with some lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper, then served it over arugula.

 

Meatballs:

 

1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

Zest of 2 lemons

2 cloves garlic

1/4 t nutmeg

3 T fresh chopped mint

3 T fresh chopped parsley

1 t dry oregano

1/2 cup almond flour

1 egg

1/4 t each salt and pepper

 

1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well incorporated.

 

2. Roll into 2 in balls and place at least 1-2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

 

3. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Tzatziki:

 

1 cup 0% Greek Yogurt

1 T lemon Juice

1 T olive oil

1/2 t garlic powder

1 T dill

I T white vinegar

1/2 t salt

1 small cucumber (I used persian)

 

1. Peel, then grate a cucumber into a cheese cloth (or just a thin clean dishtowel). Squeeze out all of the extra liquid from the cucumber.

 

2. Then mix the cucumber and all the other ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

 

To serve, I just put some pita pockets on a plate with the meatballs, tzatziki and the salad on the side. Enjoy!

 

 

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