Middle Eastern Kofta Kebabs with Lemon-Tahini Sauce

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Middle Eastern Kofta Kebabs with Lemon-Tahini SauceRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen

Cooked quinoa acts as a binder for these kebabs, packing them with extra protein and some whole-grain goodness.

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 skewers and 1 tablespoon sauce)


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Cooking spray
1/2 cup packaged cooked quinoa
1/3 cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, divided
2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1 large ripe tomato, sliced
Lemon wedges


Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

1. Preheat broiler to high. Position oven rack 6 inches below heating element.

2. Line a baking sheet with foil; set a wire rack on top of foil. Coat rack with cooking spray. Combine quinoa, onion, mint, 2 tablespoons yogurt, cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic, and next 5 ingredients (through paprika) in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add beef; pulse until well blended.

3. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions. Form 1 portion of beef mixture into a 3 1/2-inch-long patty around an 8-inch metal skewer; place on prepared wire rack. Repeat with remaining beef mixture. Place baking sheet in oven; broil 4 minutes. Turn skewers over; broil 3 to 4 minutes or until browned.

4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons yogurt, 1 tablespoon water, tahini, juice, honey, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

5. Arrange cucumber and tomato on a platter. Top with kebabs; drizzle with sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

Created date

March 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 291
Fat 14.5 g
Satfat 4.9 g
Monofat 5.8 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 27 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 569 mg
Calcium 66 mg