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Harissa Meatballs & Stuffed Pita

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

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Savory Spiced Harissa Meatballs

Ingredients

Stuffed Harissa Meatball Pita
Ingredients for 5 servings (15 meatballs, 3 per serving)

  • Meatballs
    • 1lb 90% lean ground lamb (OR you can use a leaner choice of ground meat to reduce calories)
    • 1/2lb 95% lean ground beef (OR you can use the same ground meat)
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Harissa paste/sauce
    • spray avocado or olive oil
  • Sauce
    • 1 cup plain 2% (Greek) yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons Harissa paste
    • juice from 1 lemon
  • Garnish
    • fresh parsley or cilantro
Steps
  1. Set oven to 400F.
  2. In a bowl, thoroughly mix together the ingredients for the meatballs using your hands or a spatula.  Form 15 – 16 small golfball sized (or smaller) meatballs.
  3. Set a skillet on high heat, once hot spray with oil, then add the meatballs.  Sear the meatballs on the outside for 1 – 2 minutes.  Note: if your skillet is too small to hold all the meatballs, sear them in batches and add them to a baking tray lined with parchment.
  4. Once the meatballs have been seared, place them in the oven to cook through for 8 to 10 minutes.  Then set aside and garnish.
  5. While the meatballs are baking, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.
  6. Enjoy the meatballs with the dipping sauce, or make a loaded Harissa meatball pita! (see below)
    Stuffed Harissa Meatball Pita

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Calories
303
Protein
30g
Fat
26g
Carbs
6g
Sodium
Fiber
0g
Sugar
3g
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Stuffed Harissa Meatball Pita

Ingredients

Stuffed Harissa Meatball Pita
Ingredients for 1 pita

  • 1 whole wheat pita
  • 1 serving (three) Harissa meatballs
  • 1 serving (three) tablespoons Harissa sauce
  • 2/3 cup fresh raw arugula
  • 3 slices Roma tomato
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese or feta cheese
Steps

Spread Harissa sauce on the pita, add the remaining ingredients to the pita, then fold it closed.

Calories
434
Protein
37g
Fat
30g
Carbs
46g
Sodium
Fiber
4g
Sugar
6g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.