Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki

One-Pot Greek Chicken with Lemon Rice
May 7, 2018

30 Minute Greek Turkey Meatball Gyros topped with a classic Tzatziki Sauce you’ll want to swim in! These Gyros are the perfect healthy dinner option for the family and clock in 429 calories! Woohoo!

Well, I had a first this week.

The other morning I woke up to the sound of “mommy … mommy” and crying. I ran upstairs, but couldn’t see anything because it was 6am and dark in little mans room.  I walked in with my hands out in front of me so I didn’t run into anything.

As soon as Cason saw me, he tried to tell me through his cries. “I’m throwing up.” After the third time I realized what he said, turned his light on and sure enough. He had thrown up in his bed and was still going. He got it on the wall, his bed rails, his slide … basically everything. (and yes his bed has a slide, I know you’re jealous)

I carefully picked him up and brought him to the bathroom, let him finish and then threw him in the tub to clean him up. Cleaning up his bedroom was brutal. I have a new found respect for my parents. I can remember one time in the middle of the night, I didn’t make it to the bathroom in time and left a trail of you know what down the hallway. I went back to bed, but they stayed behind and cleaned it up. Respect!

Cleaning it up. Ughh… the worst ever! Definitely a parenting first for me. Believe me, it’s different than baby spit up!

The rest of the morning was pretty brutal. But he started to turn a corner around 2pm. Whew! So glad that is over.

Soooo … that was my day!

Ok. I admit it. Probably NOT the best story to share before I’m about to give you a recipe. There’s really no good way to transition from that to “here, eat this gyro.”

But I’m gonna do it anyway.

So guys, this Gyro … it’s pretty amazing. But, I may be bias. I did make it. And, I’m pretty obsessed with any and everything topped with Tzatziki Sauce.

But, even though the Tzatziki in this Gyro is pretty amazing, the Turkey Meatballs are guaranteed to wow you!

I wanted to do something a little different than a typical Gyro, which is normally made with shaved Lamb meat. I LOVE Lamb but it can be expensive … heck even Ground Lamb is expensive. So I changed up the protein part of these gyros and used ground Turkey instead, added loads of flavor, a little veggie and turned them into meatballs!

Ya’ll! Once these meatballs are seared they are heavenly. And then served on top of a warm flatbread with Tzatziki sauce …  holy yum!

With the new years resolutions just starting, I know lots of people are looking for healthy options to make for dinner that don’t take 2 hours to make and still taste good! Well, this Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro is it!

It’s made with all fresh ingredients. Takes less than 30 minutes to make and finishes off at 429 calories a serving with 28 grams of protein! So if you’re about the “healthy” this is it, OR if you’re about the flavor this is it! Either way, these Gyros need to make an appearance on your dinner table!

Bon Appetit my friends!

 


 

Ingredients

Turkey Meatball:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • salt & pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup grated cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 4 whole wheat flatbreads

Instructions

  1. To a large bowl add, ground turkey, diced red onion, minced garlic, oregano, fresh spinach, salt, and pepper. Using your hands mix all the ingredients together until meat forms a ball and sticks together.
  2. Then using your hands, form meat mixture into 1″ balls. (you should be able to get about 12 meatballs).
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil to the pan, and then add the meatballs. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes until they are browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and let rest.
  4. In the meantime, to a small bowl add greek yogurt, grated cucumber, lemon juice, dill, garlic powder, and salt to taste. Mix together until everything is combined.
  5. Assemble the gyros: to a flatbread (I like to warm mine up so they are more pliable) add 3 meatballs, sliced red onion, tomato, and cucumber. Then top with Tzatziki sauce.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 flatbread + 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 429
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 630 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Cholesterol: 91 mg

Source: https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/greek-turkey-meatball-gyro-with-tzatziki