6 July 2013

Healthy Meatball Recipe

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So, here we go, another recipe, this time for some yummy, healthy meatballs, made from scratch. I am more and more behind the thought of cooking up batches of food so that a) you don't have to work too hard to cook during the week when you are busy and b) to save some money and make your food go further. The ingredients in this recipe are not measured out to any strict amount, it really is personal preference, so I won't put exact quantities. This is a delicious recipe and you can serve it up however you want. I have rice with mine sometimes, but you could just have salad, if you are carb watching or even sweet potato wedges? Maybe?!

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Your ingredient list is as follows:
For the Meatballs:
- One pack of mince beef (I go for the best I can find and the leanest)
- Breadcrumbs (optional - I don't always have these and it seems ok without!)
- Salt & pepper
- One medium egg

For the sauce:
- Two tins of chopped tomatoes
- Tomato puree
- One large red onion 
- Mushrooms (I don't always add these but if I have some I will!)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Chilli paste (or finely chopped chillis)
- Garlic paste / one crushed clove of garlic
- Fresh herbs / Mixed dry herbs

What do I do?
For the sauce:
I tend to start with the sauce as it takes a while to reduce down.
1. Chop the onions to whatever size you prefer and pop in a saucepan to soften with a tiny bit of butter.
2. Add 2 cans of chopped tomatoes and a couple of tablespoons of tomato puree.
3. Add some herbs, chilli & garlic paste and salt/pepper to season.
Allow this all to simmer down to a thicker consistency. This can take a while so don't panic!

For the Meatballs:
1. Put mince into a bowl. 
2. Add the egg and some salt and pepper and herbs if you would like to.
3. Get your hands in the bowl and mix it all together well.
4. Put a tiny bit of Olive Oil onto a plate. Then take a small amount of the mixture and 'ball' it in your hands.
5. Either put a little oil onto your hands to coat the meatball or lightly roll the ball into the oil. This saves you using lots of oil to fry them in and instead it just cooks on this little oil plus its own fats.

Heat a pan and add the meatballs. Turn frequently and cook until there is no more pink in the centre of the largest meatball. When cooked place them into the sauce to cook for a couple of minutes more. Serve with rice or whatever takes your fancy!



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