Greek-Inspired Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt

I made an amazing dinner last night, if I do say so myself. My kitchen creativity has been off with my health, somewhere where I can’t seem to catch it, but last night I definitely felt it coming back. Now if only I could feel better and find my energy. Last week the doctor said I could expect to be exhausted for 10-14 days, but honestly I am over looking forward to bedtime at 11 am, coughing, and feeling achy all day long.

But I digress. Dinner last night. My original plan was to make traditional turkey meatball subs with mozzarella cheese, onions, peppers, and red sauce. After a quick survey of things I needed to use up before California, I decided to make a Greek-inspired dinner, starting with half a block of Athenos feta.


I started by chopping and crumbling the feta until it was in small crumbs. I mixed it with a container of ground turkey, an egg, a teaspoon of oregano, and about a cup of panko bread crumbs.

turkey meatballs

Feeling un-well, I was totally grossed out by making the meatballs, but I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, placing them on a baking tray and then putting the meatballs in the oven at 375 until they were starting to brown.

turkey meatballs

At the very end, I turned the oven to broil which was a nice finishing touch.


To top the meatballs, I used some of the abundance of Fage 2% yogurt that we have to make a quick sauce. It couldn’t have been easier. I popped four garlic cloves, peeled, a jalapeno, a handful of cilantro, and some ground black pepper in the food processor.

cilantro and garlic

yogurt sauce

Then I added about a cup of Fage, whirled it all around, and had a tangy sauce for the meatballs. Despite the jalapeno, it wasn’t spicy, just really flavorful.

I served up the meatballs in romaine lettuce leaves, topped with the yogurt sauce, with a side of Trader Joe’s naan.

meatballs with yogurt sauce

meatballs with yogurt sauce

I actually added more lettuce and sauce after the photo shoot, but thought this was kind of pretty Smile We do usually eat more than what is in my photos.

And now for a little giveaway for my Boston area readers. You may remember the awesome swag bag I got at the Boston Food Bloggers launch party. Well, it was so chock full of good stuff that I really can’t use it all, especially the items that require a car, so I am putting together a little package of fun for one lucky winner:

1 Free Make Your Own Cupcake at Treat Cupcake Bar

a free bowling pass to King’s in Legacy Place

a $5 gift card to Wicked Restaurant & Wine Bar

$20 toward dinner and $10 toward lunch at Acquitaine

To enter, just leave a comment on this post, and I will pick a winner over the weekend.

After I took the swag bag out to go through it, I was writing this post and heard a rustling noise. Scout was apparently interested in the bag’s contents.

Scout the cat

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Tags: cheese, cilantro, cooking, dinner, feta, feta cheese, Food, garlic, giveaway, healthy, healthy recipe, jalapeno, nmeatballs, recipe, romaine lettuce, turkey, yogurt

  1. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle’s avatar

    I was supposed to go to the Launch Party but had something come up last minute and I couldn’t go :(

    But I practically live at Legacy Place so I want to win this!!!!


  2. Megan’s avatar

    I would love some of those meatballs. I need to get more creative and make things like that. (Don’t enter me in the contest.)


  3. Daisy’s avatar

    Your cat is so CUTE. I will never use those gift cards either, unfortunately.

    creative dinner, I love the presentation on the lettuce leave!


    1. Daisy’s avatar

      did i really just spell leaf as leave? haha oops.


    2. Shannon’s avatar

      Those meatballs look so good.

      I’d love some coupons… I am dying to try Wicked and I love Legacy Place!


    3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      Yum. I lovemaking yogurt sauces and any way to incorporate feta into a meal. This dinner sounds like a huge success! Have a good trip.


    4. Raija’s avatar

      Yay Scout!! :) Love the pic of her!!

      Also, these renditions of meatball subs are awesome! I love the lettuce “subs” and the meatballs seem super easy and delicious — my mouth is watering over the sauce you made too. Yum!


    5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      Awww…Scout is a cutie.

      These meatballs sound good. I don’t like spice, but I do like flavorful. Thanks for the recipe!


    6. Michelle’s avatar

      I am really impressed with how creative this dish is too!

      Thanks for the chat tonight. I really appreciate how supportive and candid you’ve been. Your friendship really means a lot (I know, this is weird to put in a blog comment).

      Oh and don’t enter me in your contest please!


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I am super proud of you. I was talking to Eric on the way home, and he said he and B should get together! :)


      2. Kelly’s avatar

        Sounds like a fun giveaway and that does sound like a really cool Swag bag :) I’m glad you are getting some creativity back. I can’t believe you are still not feeling 100%, what did they say you had… the flu? I guess that did make me pretty exhausted for a long time when I had it last year and I was out of work for 5 days which is an insane amount for me.


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          They said it was just a flu, nothing they could do about it but wait its course. Bleh!


        2. Elizabeth’s avatar

          That herb and greek yogurt sauce sounds divine. I’d love to just dip veggies in that.


        3. Aileen’s avatar

          I love Acquitaine! Sounds like an amazing giveaway. And I have been dying to try Treat!


        4. Kaitlyn’s avatar

          Looks delicious! I’m a sucker for anything spicy.


        5. Joy’s avatar

          I have never heard of most of those places in your list – I am a horrid Bostonian! But the hubs would love to go to kings!


        6. alicia’s avatar

          These meatballs look delicious. I love the mediterranean twist!


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