Archive for April 17th, 2007

Diet Recipe: Yuvarlakia

This recipe comes from Turkey originally but it’s very popular in Greece. The following version has 200 calories (it’s only missing butter which is substituted by non-stick spray).

Ingredients: (for 1)
* 75 gr fat-free veal ground meat (75 cals)
* 20 gr of rice (70 cals) (use riced cauliflower for Paleo version)
* 1 egg (half is used, 40 cals)
* 1/2 lemon (10 cals)
* 1 small onion or shallot (5 cals)
* 2 sprays of 0 calorie non-stick spray (0 cals) (1 Tbspoon butter for Paleo version)
* black pepper to taste (0 cals)

1. In a bowl mix well the rice and the meat with your hands for at least 1 minute. Then shape 8 meatballs.
2. Finely chop the onion. In a stove pan spray twice with the non-stick spray and stir-fry the onion for a few seconds. Add the meatballs and stir fry them for about 3-4 minutes until brown.
3. Add two cups of warm water and replace the pan’s cover. Cook in medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the rice is visibly cooked.
4. Bring the heat to low and squeeze half of the lemon (do not use bottled lemon juice). If the lemon doesn’t have much juice, squeeze the rest of it too. Stir.
5. Cut the egg in a way that you can easily remove the white part and put it in a semi-deep plate. Using a whisk start beating the egg for at least 3-4 minutes, until the white has become like a “cream”. Then, add the yolk and beat together for another minute. Turn off the heat. Throw away half of the egg mixture.
6. Take a ladle and with one hand remove juice from the pan and slowly pour it in the egg plate, while with the other hand keep stirring with the whisk the egg mixture (the point is to not have the egg “cook”, this is why we are slowly introducing it to the pan’s contents). Do that 2-3 times more.
7. Now move all the plate’s contents into the pan and keep stirring so the egg doesn’t cook. Sprinkle a gracious amount of black pepper to the mix. Serve hot.