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Lean turkey meatballs in tomato and herb sauce

Hey all, 

Here is one of my all time “go-to” recipes that is not only quick and easy but loved enormously by the little ones! Kids are always a fan spaghetti, because let’s face it, it’s messy and fun to eat! My son especially loves this dish and this recipe is definitely one for the whole family, fussy eaters included! 


Ingredients: 

Lean turkey breast mince – 500g

Fresh basil – a handful

Tomatoes – two

Tomato purée – two tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar – tablespoon

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil 

Egg – 1 yolk

Garlic – 4 cloves 

Parmasean cheese 

Start by getting a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, chopped basil, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and a sprinkle of parmasean together. Roll the mixture well into meatballs (any size you like) 

In a non-stick frying pan out a little olive oil or coconut oil and brown the meatballs slightly on a medium heat after about 7 mins put the pan under the grill to finish of browning, I like to do this because it dries them out more and they are less likely to fall apart. Put the meatballs aside whilst you make the tomato sauce as follows …

In a saucepan heat about a table spoon of olive oil and add finely chopped garlic and tomatoes cut into quarters. Add chopped basil and sauté for 1 min. Splash on about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and stir. Add about half a cup of water and three tablespoons of tomato purée, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then cover and cook on a low heat for about 15mins. Add the meatballs then cover and cook for a further 10 mins so they can absorb the flavours. 

Serve with gluten-free spaghetti and salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and let the spaghetti slurping commence!!  

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Super kale spag bol

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If like me, you have super hungry but super fussy little monsters in your household this recipe is perfect for them! As a child I was (believe it or not) a super fussy eater, my mother would always be in the kitchen cooking up a storm of homemade delights (I guess that’s where I get it from)  at the time, I would spend dinner times meticulously picking out  morsels of anything that looked remotely like an onion or something at all healthy, I guess all my mothers hard work paid off in later years and here I am doing the exact same thing, we can only hope our little monkeys will grow up big and strong and go on to do the same!
So here it is, a spag bol with lots of concealed goodness.

Ingredients:

200-450g Lean beef mince

2 large cloves of garlic

Handful of kale

Half a sweet red pepper

Chopped tomatoes or passata

Wholegrain spaghetti

Salt and pepper

Balsamic vinegar

Teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)

Mixed herbs

Start off by putting the kale, garlic, red pepper, mixed herb in a food processor and blend.

Brown the mince in a saucepan and add in the blended ingredients, stir and add the balsamic, salt and pepper, and tomatoes or passata, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 10 mins or so.

Serve with the wholegrain spaghetti and some grated cheese.

You can use this for a base sauce for lots of other fave childrens meals I.e homemade pizza, lasagne, pasta, meatballs

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