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Mediterranean Meatball and Orzo Bowls

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Mediterranean Meatball and Orzo Bowls

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Jazz up moist homemade meatballs, seasoned with lemon and fresh dill, with store-bought tzatziki sauce, fresh vegetables, and orzo and you’ve got a home-run one-bowl dinner. Even better: We tell you how to customize the bowls for picky and more adventurous eaters. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Ashley Strickland Freeman.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey thigh (not turkey breast)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • lemon zest (from 1 lemon, about 1 teaspoon; save juice for orzo)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill (for meatballs)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (for meatballs)
  • 12 oz. orzo pasta (12 ounces is 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (for orzo)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill (leaves)
  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 English cucumber (cut into chunks)
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata olives (halved)
  • 1 small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 12 oz. tzatziki sauce (store-bought)
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    1. Make the meatballs: In a medium bowl, gently stir together the ground turkey, panko, egg, garlic, lemon zest, dill for meatballs, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Shape mixture into 12 equal meatballs, each a mounded 2 tablespoons.
    2. Begin heating a large pot of water.
    3. Heat the olive oil for meatballs in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until the meatballs are browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes (cut to check). Set aside and keep warm.
    4. While the meatballs brown, cook the orzo in boiling water according to package directions until al dente. Drain, transfer to a bowl, and stir in the olive oil for orzo. Remove some orzo for the children’s plates. Add the lemon juice and dill for orzo to the remaining orzo, and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    5. For the children’s plates, place the plain orzo, meatballs, and desired vegetables (from the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and red onion) on their plates. Serve with a side of tzatziki sauce. For the adults' plates, divide the seasoned orzo evenly between serving bowls. Top with tzatziki and meatballs. Toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and onion and serve with orzo and meatballs.
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    Calories730Calories from Fat250
    Total Fat28g43%
    Saturated Fat6g30%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat250
    Total Carbohydrate82g27%
    Dietary Fiber8g32%
    Vitamin A20%
    Vitamin C35%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    Mary Ann M. 3 months ago
    Can you say "oompa"? That's a great big fat Greek bowl! Loved all the flavors. Added some salad greens in there too. Tzatziki and dollops of hummus add to the lusciousness!
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    Alison G. 8 months ago
    I went by the recipe as written with the additon of red wine vinegar and used store bought meatballs due to time management. It was simple and good, although next time I will not use dill and lemon juice and only use the red wine vinegar. It is initially an orzo pasta salad with a side of meatballs. I would also recommend adding sliced kalamata olives to the pasta mix.
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    H a year ago
    Loved this! Used my homemade tzaziki (with minced peppercinis) and a Pico de Gallo. So good. Will make again!
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    Chanelle a year ago
    Accidentally made way too much pasta but it’s yummy when you mix everything together
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    Gamble 2 years ago
    My family loved it!!!
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    Jeremy 2 years ago
    Fast and delicious! Would make again
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    Kelly S. 2 years ago
    It was pretty good. But not so much for the rest of my family. We are gluten free, so I used gluten free penne (was going to try rice). I made homemade tzatziki sauce which was good. There meatballs were really good and I loved all the different flavors. I would try it again with rice instead.
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    Diana 2 years ago
    Delicious! Family crowd pleaser. Used shallot in the tomato & cucumber salad instead of red onion and used black olives since I didn’t have kalamata and still worked! Did not add dill to the lemon orzo but added to the salad
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    Mesagna 2 years ago
    sooooooooo good. fast, easy, delicious.
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    Vic Grivas 2 years ago
    Delicious recipe. I altered it slightly to suit my taste, and made my own tzatziki because it's easy and delicious, but my family loved it. Make sure you add plenty of fresh dill and lemon juice (and zest) to the orzo while it's hot.
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    Tiffany Lauren 2 years ago
    Super fast and very delicious! The kids loved the bowls even with the veggies added. Shocked at how juicy turkey meatballs are!