Greek Style Meatball Pitas are the perfect light and healthy summer meal! Turkey meatballs combine with traditional Greek ingredients to create this gyro-like pita of perfection!
Since I started my new job, my eating habits have been deplorable. I will have several days where I only eat two meals a day, and other days when I do eat my diet consists of only baked treats or fried foods.
It’s time for a change. I need to get myself back into eating routinely and eating healthy! When I sat down to plan out my meals for the week, turkey meatballs came to mind. Low in fat but high in protein, they would make an excellent base to my meal. But the last thing I wanted to do was top them in a sauce that was full of sugar or salt (thus defeating the purpose of eating a turkey meatball to begin with).
Then inspiration struck. I would do a Greek style meatball loaded with fresh spinach and feta cheese, served on a pita with some vegetables and fresh tzaziki sauce.
For those who don’t know, tzaziki sauce is a Greek sauce well known for it’s accompaniment on gyros. It is a light and fresh yogurt based sauce accented with crisp cucumber and dill. It is a great compliment to the savory-ness of the meatball.
The whole meal tastes very similar to a gyro. All the ingredients work to complement each other perfectly to create a delightfully light and hearty meal.
There is no guilt with this one! This will certainly help put me back on track towards eating more whole and healthy foods.
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup finely chopped English cucumber
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 4 whole wheat pita pockets
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- Feta cheese to top
- Begin by preparing the meatballs. Heat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients, mixing well with hands. Form mixture into evenly sized meatballs. Place meatballs in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned on the top and cooked throughout.
- While the meatballs cook, prepare the tzaziki sauce. In a separate bowl, combine all tzaziki sauce ingredients, stirring until combined. Set aside.
- To assemble the pitas, lie one whole wheat pita flat on a plate. Top with desired amount of spinach leaves and red onion. Place 3-4 meatballs on the pita and top with feta cheese and tzaziki sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature.