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Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce – Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

I meeeeaaaan… do you want a bite of that or do YOU want a bite of THAT?! 

You guys! HI!! *waving*  Happy Sunday and a very happy start to April!

I feel like it’s been 4EVA since we talked about sandwiches. Or burgers, or pita pockets.

I’ve had a bunch of sandwich/salad recipes going through my head lately, and I think it’s because I’m mentally, emotionally and physically super ready for summer and summery foods. I am done with that Cabbage Soup for now, and the Crock Pot all the things. Come October, those recipes will be back on repeat, but not today. Not for a while.

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

WHAT IS TARATUR

I honestly just want to cannonball into that bowl of Taratur, a.k.a. cucumber garlic yogurt sauce. And, NO, it’s not Tzatziki… it’s Taratur. The diff? Tzatziki is as thick as a spread, whereas Taratur is thinner and can be eaten like soup. Traditional Taratur also includes walnuts. Get that rad recipe right here ➡ Chicken Skewers with Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce.

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

TURKEY MEATBALLS PITA POCKETS

Ok. SO! These pita pockets almost didn’t get filled with Taratur because I didn’t even think of it until we sat down to eat ’em. Heck, I wasn’t even going to share the recipe on here, but after a few bites, I knew what needed to happen:

A) Yogurt Sauce

B) SHARE on zee bloggy!

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

They’re so incredible and rich and delicious and healthy, too. The meatballs are prepared with turkey meat and they’re also baked. The pitas are whole wheat, the yogurt is nonfat, and the feta cheese is fat-free IF you want it to be.

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

GUYS. If you want something different for dinner, make these pita pockets. If you want something amazing for lunch, make these pita pockets. IFFFF you want something awesome to share with your friends and family, MAKE THESE PITA POCKETS. Mmmmkay? Cool.

Love you! 

ENJOY!

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Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: pita sandwiches, turkey meatballs, turkey sandwiches
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 255 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE TURKEY MEATBALLS
  • 1- pound ground turkey , lean 97% fat free
  • 1/2- cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper , or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
FOR THE CUCUMBER YOGURT SAUCE
  • 1 cup finely diced english cucumber
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE SALAD
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1 small yellow onion , sliced
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar , to taste
FOR THE PITA POCKETS
  • Whole Wheat Pita Pockets
  • crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet; grease with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, panko crumbs, egg, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic and oregano.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, mix until well combined and thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Shape mixture into 2-inch balls and place on previously prepared baking sheet. You may have to do this in batches, depending on the size of your baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until cooked through.
In the meantime prepare the Yogurt Sauce.
  1. Place cucumbers and minced garlic in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil; mix it all together.
  3. Stir in the yogurt until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Chill until ready to use.
Prepare the salad
  1. Place chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add salt, oil, and vinegar to the mixture; toss and mix until well blended. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
Assemble
  1. Warm up the pita pockets.
  2. Open the pita pockets and spread about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the yogurt sauce on the inside of each pita.
  3. Place 3 to 4 meatballs in each pita pocket.
  4. Top with prepared salad and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SMART POINTS: 9

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 619mg 26%
Potassium 736mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 13.4%
Vitamin C 16.7%
Calcium 17.8%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Turkey Meatballs Pita Pockets with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce - Juicy and delicious turkey meatballs served in warm pita pockets filled with a garlicky cucumber sauce and topped with a tomatoes and feta cheese salad.

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13 Responses
  1. Alisha

    I am in love with the cucumber yogurt sauce. I really like the idea of these. Although I was not a fan of the texture of the meatballs. My family loved them though! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Dena

    So what is an actual serving size? Is it a stuffed half pita or a whole pita, cut in two? These look sooooo yummy! I’m on WW’s and 9 points would be a lot for lunch if the serving is half pita. I would just have to have them for dinner if that’s the case.

    Thanks!

    Dena

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