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Harissa Meatballs & Stuffed Pita

Recipe 1


Prep 5min
Cook 15min
Total 20min

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


Step 1

Set oven to 400F.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

While the meatballs are baking, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.

Step 6

Enjoy the meatballs with the dipping sauce, or make a loaded Harissa meatball pita! (see below)

Recipe 2

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


Step 1

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

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Prep 5min
Cook 15min
Total 20min
Total Calories: 737cal
Total Carbs: 52g
Total Fats: 56g
Total Protein: 67g
Total Fiber: 4g
Total Sugar: 9g
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