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Herby Greek-style turkey meatballs  recipe

Herby Greek-style turkey meatballs recipe

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Little hands can help prepare this make-ahead lunch at the weekend. The meatballs freeze well, ready to defrost and eat. Simply halve the couscous ingredients if you don’t need all 6 portions at once. See method

  • Makes 6 servings
  • 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 327 calories / serving


  • 500g pack turkey thigh mince 7% fat
  • 1 medium courgette, grated
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • oil cooking spray
  • 125g cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced​
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 250g dried couscous
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 200g low-fat natural yogurt
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 12%
  • Saturates

    2g 10%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.2g 5%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 37.6g Protein 24g Fibre 2.6g


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. 
  2. Put the turkey mince into a large bowl with the grated courgette, dried oregano, lemon zest and 1 tbsp of the chopped parsley. Season well with black pepper and mix until combined. 
  3. Divide the mince mixture into 4 and then divide each quarter into 6 mini meatballs. 
  4. Spray a baking tray with cooking spray and arrange the meatballs evenly spaced. Spray the tops with oil and bake for 18-20 mins. They will look pale as they are white meat, but check the inside to see if cooked through. Leave to stand until completely cool. 
  5. Meanwhile make the couscous, add to a mixing bowl along with 350ml boiling water, half of the lemon juice and the olive oil. Leave to stand for 5 mins to absorb. Add the cherry tomatoes, spring onions and cucumber and stir well. 
  6. Stir together the rest of the lemon juice, 1 tbsp parsley and the yogurt for a dipping sauce and divide between pots. Add the couscous to the lunchboxes along with the cooled meatballs.

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