Greek low-carb Keftedes bowls with tzatziki

Greek low-carb Keftedes bowls with tzatziki

These flavorful lamb meatballs (keftedes) served on a crispy, fresh salad with tzatziki will make your tastebuds sing. If you’re not a huge fan of lamb, you can replace it with any other ground meat of choice such as beef or turkey.

Greek low-carb Keftedes bowls with tzatziki

These flavorful lamb meatballs (keftedes) served on a crispy, fresh salad with tzatziki will make your tastebuds sing. If you’re not a huge fan of lamb, you can replace it with any other ground meat of choice such as beef or turkey.
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Tzatziki
  • 4 oz. 110 g cucumber, grated
  • 1 cup (613 oz.) 240 ml (180 g) Greek yogurt (4% fat)
  • 1 1 garlic clove, crushedgarlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Greek salad
  • 5 oz. 140 g cucumber, sliced and halved
  • 7 oz. 200 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 oz. 85 g green bell pepper, slicedgreen bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 oz. (2¾ tbsp) 28 g (40 ml) red onion, slicedred onions, sliced
  • ½ cup 120 ml feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 oz. (313 tbsp) 28 g (50 ml) olives, pitted
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
Meatballs
  • 1 lb 450 g ground lamb
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 oz. (2¾ tbsp) 28 g (40 ml) yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 2 garlic clove, crushedgarlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 1 large egglarge eggs
  • ½ cup (2 oz.) 120 ml (55 g) almond flour or 2.5 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp ghee or butter, for greasing
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Instructions

Tzatziki

  1. Put the cucumber into a bowl. Add the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and dill.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix until combined, then set to the side.
  3. Greek salad

  4. Place the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, and red onion in a bowl.
  5. Add the feta, olives, and oregano. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Meatballs

  7. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl. Using your hands, form the mixture into 1" (2.5 cm) meatballs (about 33 g/1.2 oz each).
  8. Grease a large skillet with the ghee. Once hot, add the meatballs in a single layer. Cook for about 10 minutes turning with a fork until browned on all sides and cooked through, or until the meat reaches a temperature of 160°F (71°C). Remove from the heat.
  9. For serving

  10. Portion the Greek salad into bowls, add meatballs, and serve with tzatziki on top.

Tips

Refrigerate the meatballs and tzatziki in separate airtight containers for up to four days.

If you want thicker tzatziki, you can squeeze out the liquid in the grated cucumber before mixing it with the other ingredients.

You could replace the almond flour with coconut flour. Since coconut flour absorbs more liquid than almond flour, you only need one-third of the amount.

If you would like to make this recipe egg-free, replace each egg with 1 tbsp olive oil.

Diet Doctor’s recipe team has slightly adjusted this recipe to follow our guidelines. You’ll find the original recipe in Martina’s cookbook, "The Beginner's Keto Diet Cookbook".1

  1. Diet Doctor receives no payment or other considerations from the sale of Martina’s cookbooks or the publishing of this post.

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3 comments

  1. TG
    Wow! This is a great recipe. Just needed to add some salt to the salad and some extra salt to the meatballs to make it taste right. Otherwise, it will be bland. I love mediterranean food, because it's healthy and doesn't have added sugar.
  2. Jane Clemmer
    Trying this in a couple of days ... looks wonderful. What bread recipe is beneath the Recipe Name (top left of page)? It looks great ....
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  3. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Trying this in a couple of days ... looks wonderful. What bread recipe is beneath the Recipe Name (top left of page)? It looks great ....

    This recipe and recipe photo are from Martina. I am not sure which recipe she used, but here is one of our recipes that looks similar!
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/keto-garlic-rosemary-foccacia

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