Packed with veggies, these spiced meatballs tucked in pita bread and topped with a fresh and tangy herbed buttermilk sauce are perfect for any occasion. This is one of 17 delicious recipes found in the 2022 Milk Calendar.

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PREP25 min
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Cooking15 min
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Ready in40 min




  1. Step
    In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice, herbs and salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Step
    Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Step
    In a large bowl, stir together breadcrumbs and milk. Stir in egg, garlic, curry powder, thyme, salt and cayenne to combine. Stir in carrot and zucchini. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add meat and blend well using your hands until mixture is evenly combined (mixture will be soft).
  4. Step
    Using a heaping tablespoon at a time, roll into meatballs and place on prepared sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned and no longer pink inside and thermometer inserted in centre reaches 165°F (74°C).
  5. Step
    Divide cucumber, cabbage and red onion (if using) among pita breads and top with meatballs. Drizzle generously with Buttermilk Herb Sauce to serve.


This recipe was inspired by the Tiny Tasty Meat Loaves recipe from the 2010 Milk Calendar created by Jennifer Mackenzie. You can view the original recipe here.

Nutritional info per serving:

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Calories 350
Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 810 mg
Carbohydrates  30 g
Fibre 2 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein  23 g

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