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This Greek-inspired dinner is really simple and family-friendly. You can make the meatballs—or as Rach calls them, "Greekballs"—with pretty much any ground meat that you like, or even a plant-based meat substitute. (She loves Impossible because it has great flavor and texture.) They go perfectly with the rice pilaf, which tastes like spanikopita. It contains onion, lemon, feta and a ton of spinach, so you don't even have to prepare a salad.
Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with foil and parchment for easy cleanup.
For the Greekballs, place meat in bowl and season with salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons of lemon zest. Add breadcrumbs and moisten with water or milk, add egg, oregano, parsley, red pepper and garlic. Let stand 5 minutes for breadcrumbs to soften, then mix well and form 24 small oval or egg-shaped meatballs and arrange on baking sheet. Halve the lemon used for zest and place on tray with meatballs. Spray lightly and evenly with olive oil and bake 10 to 12 minutes until evenly browned.
Meanwhile, for the pilaf, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, in a 3-quart pot or pan with tight-fitting lid over medium heat and add butter to melt. Add onion or shallot, garlic, salt and black or red pepper, stir 2 minutes to soften, then add orzo and toast the pasta until deeply golden. Add wine and let it evaporate, add rice, walnuts, lemon zest, oregano and stock and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Wilt in fresh spinach or stir in defrosted spinach. Add feta and yogurt (if using), herbs and juice of ½ lemon. Adjust salt and pepper.
Top meatballs with juice of remaining ½ lemon.
Serve pilaf in large or individual bowls with meatballs nested in rice.