Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Spanish Meatballs

I made these delicious lamb meatballs for dinner a couple of weeks ago. They are really easy to make and fantastically tasty especially as it's a WeightWatchers recipe. I don't know what the points are as WeightWatchers seem to be releasing books with no points in which is completely daft. I borrowed the book from the library so there wasn't much point in ringing up for the points values. I do know that it's 295 calories per serving without the rice though, which doesn't help at all points wise but does give some idea.

Spanish Meatballs (from WeightWatchers Satisfying Suppers)
(Serves 4)

For the meatballs
400g mince lamb
1 onion, finely chopped or coarsely grated
3 cloves garlic, crushed
30g ground almonds
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
small bunch parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper

For the sauce
1 tbsp fennel seeds
150ml apple juice
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree

Put the first 9 ingredients into a bowl and mix well to combine, Using wet hands, take small handfuls of the mixture and roll into 20 walnut size balls.

Dry fry the fennel the fennel seeds for 2 mins in a large frying pan. Add the apple juice and boil for 2 mins, then add the tomato paste and tomato puree with 150ml of water. Season and then simmer gently for 10 mins.

Add the meatballs and make sure they are covered by the sauce. Cover and simmer for 20-30 mins. Turn them carefully once or twice and add more water if needed.

Serve over basmati rice.

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