Main Dish | August 30, 2017

Zesty Meatball Pita

I first had a taste of this zesty meatball pita years ago. I had a little 4 month old baby, I had a friend next door with a 4 month old baby too. We were both trying to finish up our last semesters of college and often we would switch babysitting during each other’s classes. Kelly was a creative cook. It was because of Kelly and Ginny (my other neighbor…and wouldn’t you know Jenna was also a neighbor who happens to be a fabulous cook!) that I really started branching out on my foods, became addicted to Food Network, and discovered REAL food.

Healthy Zesty Meatball Pita close up shot
One afternoon I came home from History of Interior Design 202 and Kelly pulled out a batch of these pitas. She offered them to me and I was honestly thinking of declining. My famished hunger (Gehry can do that to a girl) overtook my picky-ness and I delved in. It- was- delish! I asked how she did it, and it was so easy I’ve remembered it all these years. 
meatballs, marinated veggies and halved pitas in dish

Fresh and Healthy Meatball Pita

There are three tips to this pita the best!

  1. Homemade meatballs
  2. Zesty dressing (like this BRIANNAS Salad Dressing Zesty French or Italian)
  3. Fresh crispy marinated veggies
    Healthy Zesty Meatball Pita ingredients overhead shot

How to make meatball pita

First start with your meatballs. I don’t always bake them, but it really is an easy alternative. In 20 minutes they were all done. I wasn’t constantly flipping and turning and monitoring. Just stuck them in at 400.

For the meatballs make them small, bite size meatballs. I like to use ice cream scooper on normal meatballs but in this case use a melon baller. This medium sized cookie scoop is perfect!  Makes them all even.  You can take the leftovers and freeze them for your spaghetti dinner or tomorrow’s lunch. :)

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Step 2. Marinate your veggies in the zesty dressing ( BRIANNAS Salad Dressing Zesty French) while the meatballs are cooking.

chopped veggies with Brianna's brand dressing bottle

Step 3: is just as simple as the others. Spoon your meatballs and marinated veggies into the pockets and EAT! its a great healthy lean meal. I especially love it for lunches. It’s one that makes a bunch so you can make it for an entire week. It’s even more delicious topped with bit of feta!

Healthy Zesty Meatball Pita ingredients in platter

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Zesty Meatball Pita
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A great healthy lean meal, especially great for lunch time!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatball pita
Calories: 729 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
Meatball
  • 1 lb ground meat- turkey or beef
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 egg
Marinated Salad
  • 1 Large Cucumber diced
  • 3 Med vine ripe tomatoes
  • optional 1/4 diced purple onion
Dressing* if you don't have BRIANNAS Salad Dressing Zesty French
  • 1 Italian Dressing packet
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 T water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. Combine all ingredients and lightly mix.
  2. roll, or use melon baller, to make small uniform meatballs
  3. line baking sheet with foil and bake 400 for 20 minutes
Marinated Salad
  1. Dice vegetables and place in serving bowl. (or air tight container if not to be served for some time)
  2. *If preparing your own dressing-In separate bowl whisk dressing together for 1 minute.
  3. Pour salad dressing over vegetables and periodically stir until serving time.
  4. Serve with pita bread, meatballs and marinated salad.
Nutrition Facts
Zesty Meatball Pita
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 729 Calories from Fat 1872
% Daily Value*
Fat 208g320%
Saturated Fat 52g325%
Cholesterol 488mg163%
Sodium 3141mg137%
Potassium 2713mg78%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 96g192%
Vitamin A 3525IU71%
Vitamin C 62.5mg76%
Calcium 318mg32%
Iron 14.4mg80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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