The Meal Planner



Apparently I've got meatballs on the brain lately since we've been eating them in subs and dill sour cream sauces and such. The craving is still going strong and I've got plans for Vietnamese Meatballs with Vermicelli and Thai Meatballs dipped in sweet chili dipping sauce, but for today, we are going Mediterranean. These meatballs are delicious and HEALTHY and LOW FAT! ANDDDDDDD my toddler shocked me and wolfed them down and kept saying "more...peeeeese" AAAANNNNNNDDDDDD you get to dip them and smother them in tzaziki sauce and it's a perfect match.

Anything that is healthy, low-fat, my toddler loves and can be eaten with buckets of tzaziki is like the best meal EVER in my books.

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray 
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Serves 2-4

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted (I used 1/2 of a 750 g bag of Europe's Best)
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
1 lb ground chicken
1 tbsp grill seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Defrost the spinach in the microwave, then place in a kitchen towel and squeeze to remove all the excess water. Place in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix really well. I didn't use feta because it made the recipe more expensive and I knew my husband and I wouldn't miss it. I've tried it with and without and both are delicious. If you too want to cut costs, don't worry...it's totally amazing without.

Roll into about 18 (1 1/2 inch) meatballs and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with a little bit more olive oil and place in oven and bake for about 12 minutes, turn over and bake for another 10-14 minutes or until the meatballs are golden brown and cooked all the way through.

Serve with lots of tzaziki sauce.


Click here for printable version of Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs
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THE RESULTS?
I'm pretty sure the cat's out of the bag with an introduction like that, but yes indeed, I LOVED THEM. I didn't miss the feta at all and just savored all the delicious flavors, lean meat and healthy spinach. And of course the copious amounts of tzaziki ;)

I did have to cook them for more than double the amount of time that Ray Ray says to...I don't know about you, but I don't want to serve undercooked chicken to my fam. Other than that, they are tender and delicious and like I said....my toddler lapped them up. That's good enough for me.


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9 Responses
  1. dp Says:

    We've pretty much been on a meatball kick here too. Need to put a dent in 30+ pounds of ground beef sitting in my freezer :-)

    I like the idea of putting the spinach in the meatballs. My kid is more likely to eat it that way.


  2. Divya Vikram Says:

    Thanks for sending this recipe to the event! And you have a great blog here!


  3. dp - It's surprising HOW MUCH spinach is actually in them and they are still delicious. Although I'm not sure how to put it past a child who actually know what's going on and that their meatballs are green :) My daughter is still a toddler and sometimes oblivious to what things look like...as long as it tastes good.

    Divya - Thanks so much for your kind words! I appreciate you hosting the event this week, great job.


  4. wow u done a great job keep it up


  5. Sushma Says:

    Those meatballs look really good!! I'm going to try this at home for sure!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  6. The Woman Says:

    Wow - how great do these look?!

    YUMMO


  7. Tami Says:

    Hi, I just found your blog and this recipe while looking through some old postings at BookMarked Recipes.

    I can't wait to try this one out!


  8. Sherry Says:

    Oh my gosh, these look incredible! I'm glad to hear your review of them - I will definitely be putting these on a menu soon!

    PS - I love your blog layout! So cute!

    Sherry
    http://sherry-startingoverat40.blogspot.com/2010/05/saturdays-with-rachael-ray.html


  9. Deborah Says:

    and it's a great way to get the kids to eat veggies! Great recipe - thanks for playing along with Saturdays with Rachael Ray!