Healthy Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

This healthy Greek meatball recipe is flavorful and simple to make.  It is delicious served as an hors d’oeuvres for your next party or dinner for the family!

We like eating ours on whole wheat pita bread served with lettuce and tomato.  The meatballs and Tzatziki sauce combined are only  10 ingredients! Making it a manageable grocery list…

You will need:

Meatballs:

2 lbs ground Organic Turkey

2 cloves of Garlic

1 large lemon

1 cup crumbled feta

1 bunch each mint/parsley

1/2 cup bread crumbs

egg

Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil for sautéing

Tzatziki Sauce:

1 cup organic Greek Yogurt

1/2 cup peeled chopped cucumber

l lemon

mint/parsley

1 clove garlic

Salt and pepper

Ingredient side note – you will only need 1 bunch of mint and parsley for both the sauce and the meatballs.

Create:

Finely chop 2/3 of a cup of both the mint and parsley and set aside.

In a small bowl beat 1 egg until mixed and set aside

Finely chop 3 cloves of garlic and set aside

In a large bowl combine Turkey, egg, breadcrumbs,  2 of your cloves of finely chopped garlic, half of your chopped parsley and mint (reserve the rest for your sauce).  Add in juice of half a large lemon, crumbled feta,  1 and a half teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.  Use your hands and mix well !

Form mixture into 1 and a half inch meatballs.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add olive oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat.  Add  meatballs to the pan in two separate batches and brown on all sides.

Once all meatballs have been browned, transfer them to a non stick roasting pan and bake for 8 minutes.

Tzatziki Sauce:

In a medium sized bowl add organic Greek yogurt, juice from other half of your large lemon, all of the finely chopped and peeled cucumber, and the last clove of finely chopped garlic and mix well.  Add in remaining half of mint and parsley and salt and pepper to taste.  Sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.  The longer the sauce sits, the more the flavors marry and come together.

Enjoy!!

** Left over meatballs??  Try them for breakfast!! Chopped and scrambled into some eggs with some cherry tomatoes added for a protein packed start to your day!

Cassiopia

** Married mommy of two beautiful girls , residing in San Diego. Practice manager/Veterinary nurse working in the field for 11 years.

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3 Responses

  1. Janet Hudson says:

    Great recipe idea! As a vegan chef and caterer I make a lot of “Neat”balls and they are always a crowd pleaser!
    Want to make it vegetarian or vegan?
    Substitute vegetable crumbles (soy or TPV) for the turkey and nut cheese for the feta*.
    1 tablespoon of ground flax seed mixed with 2 tablespoons of water it a great egg replacer…and instead of using Greek yogurt in the tzatziki, you can use plain soygurt (Silk brand is fabulous)
    * You can use this recipe:

    1 pound extra-firm tofu
    2 tbsp water
    4 tsp yellow miso paste
    ¼ cup red wine vinegar
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp basil, dried
    1 tsp oregano or majarom, dried
    ¼ tsp rosemary, dried
    2 tbsp nutritional yeast or more to taste

    Break tofu into a few large pieces in a mixing bowl and set aside. Whisk
    all remaining ingredients, except nutritional yeast, together. Pour
    over tofu and mix with your hands, crumbing the tofu into smaller pieces
    as you go. Set aside and let rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of
    nutritional yeast over top and mix. Taste, adding more nutritional yeast
    if you like.

  2. Leonard DeLucie says:

    Awesome Cindy is going to make some, sounds yummy. So glad you have this info

  3. Terry Propst says:

    Sounds delicious! Love tazatiki! Will try.

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