CSF Greek Meatballs

Mediterranean food is amazing and luckily I get to enjoy Greek food when visiting my in-laws. Unfortunately, it can be hard to enjoy this cuisine if you are tracking your calories and/or macros. I wanted all the goodness of beef souvlaki but without all the fat. Here is my slimmed down version that you can eat alone, with pita bread and/or sides such as tzatziki and village salad.  I used lean ground beef so that I could have Greek olives with the meatballs. Give me all the olives!!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 96% lean Ground Sirloin (I used Laura’s Lean Beef)
  • 1 tsp (2g) Dried Oregano
  • 5g All Purpose Greek Seasoning (Cavender’s Brand)
  • 75g finely diced raw onion
  • 2g Ground Black Pepper

 

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together and measure out 56g per meatball.  Roll into ball and place all meatballs in an oven proof dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with loose foil and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an addtional 5 minutes. The meatballs will be medium rare (pink in the middle) so if you prefer them well done, bake an addtional 5 minutes. Because the beef is lean and can dry out when cooked, the finely diced onions will help keep the meatballs moist and cooking them for less time is ideal.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 meatballs
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 23g 46%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

 

Tzatziki-

Ingredients:

  • 1 container Fage Total 0% yogurt (170 grams)
  • 100 grams English Cucumber
  • 15 grams lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 gram All Purpose Greek Seasoning (Cavender’s Brand)

Instructions:

  • Dice cucumber and place into a bowl. Sprinkle salt (1/4 tsp or so) and set aside. The salt will release water from the cucumber.
  • Empty container of yogurt into bowl and add lemon juice and greek seasoning.
  • Next, place diced cucumber onto a paper towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
  • Add cucumber to yogurt and stir to combine. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 60 grams
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 30 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Village Salad-

Ingredients:

  • 4 Roma tomatoes (275 grams)
  • 75 grams Red onion
  • 2 0z or 56 grams Fat Free Crumbled Feta (President Brand)
  • 30 grams Red Wine Vinegar (Pompeiian Brand)
  • 1 gram All Purpose Greek Seasoning (Cavender’s Brand)

Instructions:

  • Slice tomatoes in half and remove seeds. Dice and place into a bowl
  • Dice red onion and place into bowl with tomatoes
  • Add all other ingredients and stir to combine
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 60 grams
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 21 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

*brands and choice of ingredients may alter calories and macros. Nutrition label facts have been rounded to the nearest calories and grams.

*Greek olives were added separately after I served out a portion of the village salad.  They are not included in the list of ingredients or nutrition facts.