Do you ever have days… or weeks when the bathroom scales ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND??? Hmm, well the scales and I are not on speaking terms at the moment. Never mind, I’m sure our relationship can be repaired after a few lighter meals, one being this delightful Lamb Souvlaki & Greek Salad.
Since this estranged relationship is not very conducive to a svelte figure, I have decided I need to share a few recipes that are not so calorific.
One of my delicious fallback dishes is this Lamb Souvlaki on Greek Salad. I picked up the recipe when we visited the Townsville Greek Festival.
All I needed to do was tweak the salad dressing and cook the souvlaki in the oven, and I had myself a gourmet diet dish.
- 500 gm beef mince Heartsmart
- 500 gm lamb mince
- 1 lg onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic chopped finely
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1 t /s cumin
- 1 t /s salt
- ½ cup tomato paste
- 3 cups baby spinach leaves
- 2 cups torn cos lettuce
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1/2 red capsicum diced
- 1 lebanese cucumber diced
- 100 gm danish feta
- 12 kalamata olives pitted
- 1/4 red onion sliced finely
- kraft fat free balsamic vinegar dressing
Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
In a bowl add all the meat patty ingredients and mix by hand until well combined.
Divide the mince into 12 x 150gm meatballs.
Roll each of the meatballs into a sausage shape and push a skewer through the centre.
Place the skewer souvlaki on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Cook in the oven for 30mins or until cooked through.
Place ingredients on a large serving platter.
Dress with balsamic vinegar.
By baking the souvlaki you save a lot of incidental calories that frying adds. This dish is a favourite of mine because it doesn’t taste lean or dry.
If I am particularly hungry, I will used a tortilla bread to make a wrap and add some tzatziki for extra flavour.
The Greek Salad recipe above will serve four people. Remember it’s a great nutrient burst and tummy filler to “go big” on salad.
The souvlaki are 150gms each, so according to dietitians one souvlaki is the correct serve for a smaller person.
Do you have a little winter pudding growing under your cool weather clothes? If so, do you have some pre-summer tricks to lose the pudge?