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the easiest juicy & tender baked lamb meatballs, made with panko breadcrumbs, lemon, parsley, oregano & cumin, served on top of a seriously healthy meal prep bowl with lemony Greek roasted potatoes, greens, feta, olives, & homemade Romesco sauce. an easy & satisfying meal prep recipe for lunches all week long! #playswellwithbutter #lambmeatballs #bakedlambmeatballs #greeklambmeatballs #groundlamb #mealpreprecipes #mealpreprecipesfortheweek #mediterraneandiet #healthybowlsrecipe

mediterranean lamb meatballs meal prep bowls


  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: breakfast, lunch, meal prep
  • Method: roasting
  • Cuisine: mediterranean, Greek

Description

The easiest juicy & tender baked lamb meatballs, made with panko breadcrumbs, lemon, parsley, oregano & cumin, served on top of a seriously healthy meal prep bowl with lemony Greek roasted potatoes, greens, feta, olives, & homemade Romesco sauce. An easy & satisfying meal prep recipe for lunches all week long!


Ingredients

for the lamb meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground American lamb (see Recipe Notes)
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • optional: ½ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes

for the lemony Greek roasted potatoes:

  • 1 pound baby potatoes, halved as needed (see Recipe Notes)
  • ½ lemon, zested & juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • optional: ½ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes

for the meal prep bowls:

  • arugula or salad greens of choice
  • quinoa or brown rice
  • feta
  • olives (castelvetrano olives!)
  • diced red onion
  • lemon wedges
  • lightened-up Romesco sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up and set aside.
  2. Prep the lemony Greek roasted potatoes: Halve the potatoes as needed – you will want the potatoes to be roughly 1-inch in diameter. Add the potatoes to a medium bowl with the lemon zest, garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt, ground black pepper & crushed red chili flakes. Toss to combine. Transfer to one of the prepared baking sheets, arranging the potatoes in a single, uniform layer. Set aside.
  3. Prep the lamb meatballs: Add the lamb to a medium bowl, with the panko, egg, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, oregano, cumin, salt, ground black pepper & crushed red chili flakes. Use your hands to bring the mixture together, being careful not to overwork the mixture. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. You’ll get about 20-22 meatballs. Arrange on the second prepared baking sheet.
  4. Roast the potatoes and meatballs for 20 minutes. Remove the lamb meatballs from the oven after 20 minutes, or once they’re golden brown & cooked through. At this point, give the potatoes a shake, squeeze some lemon juice over top and return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Once the potatoes are crusty, golden brown & fork-tender, remove from the oven & set aside.
  5. Prep the meal prep bowl add-ons: Meanwhile, as the potatoes & meatballs roast, prep the rest of the components for your lamb meatballs meal prep bowls. Make a batch of romesco. Cook some grains. Slice olives. Dice an onion. & so on…
  6. Assemble the bowls: Grab your favorite meal prep containers. I use 4-cup Pyrex bowls. Add a handful of greens to the bowls. Top with a spoonful of grains and a spoonful of roasted potatoes. Add 5-6 meatballs over top. Finish with feta, olives, diced red onion, & whatever else you’d like. Add a lemon wedge & pack some romesco sauce to a single serve container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Lamb: When it comes to buying lamb, it’s so important to choose American lamb, vs imported. It’s not only fresher, but buying American also supports the local ranchers & family farms across the country who are committed to the quality & welfare of their animals. Be sure to ask your butcher where they source their lamb, or check out the American Lamb Board’s website for more details. They have a full list of distributors & farmers throughout the country!
  • Potatoes: If you’d like, you can easily swap out the potatoes with cauliflower. Still super delish!

Keywords: lamb meatballs