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Lamb Souvlaki & Greek Salad

Lamb Souvlaki & Greek Salad

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.

Lamb Souvlaki w Greek Salad

Lamb Souvlaki w 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.

Greek Salad w Balsamic Vinegar

Greek Salad w Balsamic Vinegar

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.

Low Fat Greek Lamb Souvlaki -Pin Me

Low Fat Greek Lamb Souvlaki -Pin Me

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.

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Lamb Souvlaki & Greek Salad
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Greek
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The tastiest Greek food, but modified as a low fat meal.
Ingredients
Souvlaki
  • 500gm beef mince (Heartsmart)
  • 500gm 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
  • pepper
  • ½ cup tomato paste
Greek Salad
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups torn cos lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • ½ red capsicum diced
  • 1 lebanese cucumber diced
  • 100gm danish feta
  • 12 kalamata olives pitted
  • ¼ red onion sliced finely
  • kraft fat free balsamic vinegar dressing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
  2. In a bowl add all the meat patty ingredients and mix by hand until well combined.
  3. Divide the mince into 12 x 150gm meatballs.
  4. Roll each of the meatballs into a sausage shape and push a skewer through the centre.
  5. Place the skewer souvlaki on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  6. Cook in the oven for 30mins or until cooked through.
Greek Salad
  1. Place ingredients on a large serving platter.
  2. 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 stingy.

Lamb Souvlaki and Salad

Lamb Souvlaki and Salad

If I am particularly hungry I will used a tortilla bread to make a wrap and add some tzatziki for extra flavour.

Greek Salad for 1 person

Greek Salad for 1 person

The Greek Salad recipe above will serve four people. Remember it’s a great nutrient burst and tummy filler to “go big” on salad.

A Greek Slimmers Meal

A Greek Slimmers Meal

The souvlaki are 150gms each, so according to dietitians one souvlaki is the correct serve for a smaller person.

Souvlaki and yoghurt

Souvlaki and yoghurt

So 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?

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Comments

  1. I’m loving the sound of this. And baking means less clean-up too!
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  2. You’re hilarious! No doubt this gorgeous salad will help you and your scale get back to speaking terms in no time!!! This salad is just outstanding – it reminds me so much of the foods I love to eat at our local Mediterranean restaurant. We always enjoy their meals so much, especially because we feel really nourished and healthy yet satisfied after eating there! I love that you baked the souvlaki, rather than frying! Yum! :D
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  3. Yum!! I love the look of this! I have heaps of beef mince in the freezer at the moment so I might substitute the lamb for that. I’ve been overloading on the sugary stuff lately so this is exactly what I need!!
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  4. When your bathroom scale stops being a jerk, tell it to give mine a call and straighten it out, too. Hehe. Love the combo of beef and lamb here. Tons of flavor, and also nice and moist. Yum!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..Egg Dinner with Michael Ruhlman #GiveawayMy Profile

  5. I think your bathroom scale and mine must be in cahoots. ;-) This is a great dish — I love souvlaki, and it’s been ages since I’ve had it. Your version is so good! Thanks for this.
    John@Kitchen Riffs recently posted..The Brandy Smash CocktailMy Profile

  6. Great idea to bake this Julie! Sounds yummy indeed x
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  7. My strategy is not to have scales! This looks delicious – love Greek food.
    Cara @ Gourmet Chick recently posted..How to make Bourke Street Bakery’s pork and fennel sausage rollsMy Profile

  8. Ha ha…my bathroom scales have never been my friend since my kitchen scales are so my best friend. With the amount of sugar and butter that I consume, I need salads like this one. This is beautiful and has meat in it, my favourite kind.
    Sugar et al recently posted..Sauteed Apricots with Honey, Goat’s Cheese and Pine NutsMy Profile

  9. YUM, a classic for the grill! Thank you for sharing this, looks like a staple to add to my collection!!

  10. I am not speaking to my scale either. :-) Your healthy lunch sounds absolutely fantastic. :-)
    Krista recently posted..Wood-burning at the Allora Winter FestivalMy Profile

  11. Oh good, cos I’ve been over indulging during school holidays… this looks really straightforward, might get a teenager to give it a whirl… whilst I sit back and read the paper – hahaha…
    Seana – Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel recently posted..A Week Down The Coast In Winter + The Holiday Photos We Don’t TakeMy Profile

  12. My husband is a fan of Greek food. This is a terrific recipe, Julie.
    Angie (@angiesrecipess) recently posted..Summer Salad with Goji Berries and Poppy Peach VinaigretteMy Profile

  13. yum. i can never go past a good lamb souvlaki! love greek food.. definitely saving the recipes to recreate in my kitchen. thanks!
    Thalia @ butter and brioche recently posted..Smoked Peanut and Pretzel Nutella CookiesMy Profile

  14. Scales or not! This is delicious at anytime of the year and the sort of food I love :)

  15. Oh Julie, this is my kind of food! Yum
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  16. I’m never friends with the scale during the winter… haha Anyway this salad looks delicious. I wouldn’t think it’s diet-friendly at all! Love the colors!
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  17. Love this recipe Julie, my favorite kind of summer meal.
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  18. This greek salad looks wonderful, a refreshing addition to the lamb :D
    A great recipe at all times!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  19. You are thus invited, you and yours for Baked tomatoes + Greek Salad.. Photos allowed :P

  20. So dearest sibling..

    It is at this point I need to say..
    Greek Salad.. Lettuce..

    Ummm.. Noo..

    Love you..

  21. Hehe okay have you been talking to my scale Julie? I feel that you might have given how timely this post is :)
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  22. Looks delicious Julie – I could really go something fresh and tasty like this right now – the French food is getting heavy! haha

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au
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  23. I weighed myself yesterday and the scale and I have also broken up! Thanks for the recipes Julie :)
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  24. Love that colourful salad and it looks delicious and glad to hear nice to the waist line too.
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  25. Oh, does this meal sound sublime! You wouldn’t even know you’re eating a “healthy” meal with all the gorgeous colors, textures and flavors! Well done, Julie!
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  26. Alesah Villalon :

    The scale and I are not on speaking terms right now, too, so I definitely need 1 souvlaki (just ONE) and some salad ;). And half a teaspoon of some zesty tzatziki, please! YUM without the guilt.

  27. Yummo! I will be making this!

  28. Perfect for the summer Julie ! Very nice recipe, I think is a good idea the tortilla bread, it mus be very nice ;)

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