Feta-Stuffed Meatball Mediterranean Bowl

April 24, 2019

Stella Star Ingredient: Spiced Chickpeas

Feta-Stuffed Meatball Mediterranean Bowl

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  • Feta-stuffed meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3-ounce block of feta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • Spiced chickpeas (Stella Star Ingredient):

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 shallot, sliced

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • Pinch of red chili flakes

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Zucchini noodles:

  • 4 spiralized zucchinis

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • To assemble:

  • Grated carrots

  • Grape tomatoes, sliced

  • Persian cucumbers, sliced


  1. For the meatballs:

  2. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

  3. Combine beef, green onions, garlic, egg, mint, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Roll golfball-sized meatballs with your hands and pop a cube of feta inside. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. For the chickpeas:Add olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add garlic and shallot and sauté until softened, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, cumin and chili flakes. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in chickpeas and cook for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro leaves.

  5. For the zucchini noodles: Add zucchini to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss with hands. Let soften for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature.

  6. To assemble bowl: Add zucchini noodles to the bottom of the bowl, top with meatballs, spiced chickpeas, feta, grated carrots, sliced grape tomatoes and sliced Persian cucumbers.

Feta-Stuffed Meatball Mediterranean Bowl