We stopped by the farmer’s market on Saturday to pick up a few items. I left with organic ground lamb, various produce items, two bottles of wine, and this adorable grey kitten.
Just kidding, but there was an animal adoption event happening beside the farmer’s market. I walked by twice to play with the kittens and Jason kept donating $ every time I walked over there. We are huge animal lovers and I was maybe 2 minutes away from adopting that cutie. But alas, I think three cats would be too much in one apartment…However, I believe she is still up for adoption and I would be happy to put people in contact with the animal shelter, if they want to giver her a forever home, just leave a comment below if you are interested.
Back to dinner. I originally envisioned the ground lamb being turned into Greek Burgers; however, I changed my mind last minute after a weekend filled with burgers. I went for a brown rice bowl filled with meatballs and broccoli and it turned out great.
Greek Rice Bowls: Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki, Brown Rice, and Broccoli
1.5 lbs ground lamb
2 tablespoons of tzatziki (I used an organic one from Whole Foods)
¼ cup of crumbled feta
½ of a yellow onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup of seasoned panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh mint, to taste
½ cup of brown rice, cooked
1 cup of broccoli, steamed
In a large bowl mix together the ground lamb, half the feta, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and mint. Cook brown rice to package directions. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Form meat mixture into tablespoon sized meatballs. Brown meatballs in the pan on all sides, approximately 3-5 minutes per side, in two batches. It’s important not to crowd the pan so all the meatballs cook evenly. When your meatballs are almost finished cooking, steam the rice in the microwave, it should only take about 3 minutes. To plate, simply add half the rice into a bowl, top with 4-5 meatballs and half the broccoli. Top with tzatziki and the rest of the crumbled feta.
The lamb has such amazing flavor and the tzatziki adds a cool creamy texture that is to die for. An let’s be honest, feta is always a welcome addition. It’s salty and tangy and it pairs perfectly with the lamb. You might think that the broccoli is a little random, and it is, but it actually works. You could sub for any vegetable you have in the fridge. I had a head of broccoli that needed to be cooked, which is why it found it’s home in this recipe. I also think that a sprinkle of mint on top would have been delicious and possibly a scoop of hummus… feel free to make it your own!
I hope you all have a wonderful week 🙂