One of the things I was most looking forward to about the move was the fact that I could start going home for lunch.
I typically bring my lunch to work every day and when I do that, I just eat it at my desk (blame it on my first job at ELLE, when I wasn’t really allowed to be anywhere else). Sometimes I run errands after my lunch al desko, but if I don’t have any errands, I don’t really leave my desk or my office all day. Then around 3:00, I realize I have no idea what the weather is like outside and I feel very sad. So the idea of getting to eat at my comfy, cushy new place on real dishes with real light streaming through the windows is very exciting!
That, combined with the fact that I’m no longer going between my place and Eric’s, means I can actually grocery shop and meal plan without wasting food. (I can’t tell you how many times my lunch ingredients were at the wrong place! Eventually I just started putting all my lunch groceries in the company fridge. Thank goodness we’re a small company.) When Eric and I went grocery shopping on Sunday, one of my main goals was having enough food to make really great meals all week. These Greek meatballs were one of those meals!
This is How We Do It
Preheat the oven to 375. Combine 1 lb. ground chicken, 2 tbsp milk, 2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, 2 tbsp panko bread crumbs, and a dash of Greek seasoning (if you have it) in a large bowl. Mix well with a fork and then use your hands to form into small meatballs. (I made nine but I recommend making them smaller and making more like 15.) Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until they are cooked through.
To serve, spread a pita with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, a tablespoon of feta cheese, lettuce, and red onion and then put meatballs (3-5, depending on how big you made them) into the pita. Serve with veggies and hummus.
I made the meatballs on Sunday night with the plan to eat them for lunch this week. I don’t know if it’s because I was delighted to be getting some much-needed sunlight or because of the food, but they made for a great lunch. Perfectly spiced, cool, and creamy, I think they hold up even al desko though, because Eric loved his lunch too. Most of the measurements are approximate, so you can definitely get creative here and add more or less ingredients as you see fit. You could also add feta and sub in ground lamb to basically make my lamburgers in ball form.
Cheap, healthy, tasty, and a mood-lifter…what more could you want from your lunch?? I mean, until we can get some part of it to vibrate, I’m pretty sure this is about as good as it gets!