These meatballs are a great family friendly, healthy pregnancy recipe. Serve with a wholemeal spaghetti or even something like couscous or rice.
This is an ideal recipe to make in a larger quantity and freeze to have available for those days you are too tired to prepare dinner or for when the baby comes and you are juggling a thousand other things at once!
For the meatball sauce
- 700g bottle of tomato passata
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp salt reduced tomato paste
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp olive oil
For the meatballs
- 500g lean minced lamb
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 spring onion, diced
- 1/4 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 100g strong tasty cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tbsp fat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat.
- When warm, add garlic and onion to the pan and saute gently.
- When onion has started to turn transparent, add the passata, paste and cinnamon stick.
- Stir well then bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes while you make the meatballs.
- Place all meatball ingredients into a large bowl.
- Using clean hands, mix everything until well combined.
- Roll into balls (makes about 20 medium sized and 40 smaller balls).
- Heat remaining olive oil in a frypan over medium heat.
- Add meatballs and gently fry until golden.
- Remove cinnamon stick from the sauce and serve meatballs, sprinkled with parsley, with tomato sauce and your choice of side dish.
- Makes 4-6 servings – Cal per serve – 364.
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