Friday 28 February 2014

Turkey Meatballs with Green Pepper and Spinach Tomato Sauce

Turkey meatballs with a green pepper and spinach tomato sauce.  A healthier alternative to beef balls

Last weekend I did 2 things I've not done before.  Well, one I have done but AGES ago!

First of all - I *think* about 13 years ago  - I went to a launderette.  Launderettes are brilliant it's just I've always had a washing machine around so never needed to go.  I still have a washing machine but unfortunately it's sprung a leak which we cannot for the life of us figure out where it's coming from except for under the cabinets so instead of risking any stagnant pools of water in a hidden corner of the kitchen I headed down the road to Autocoin and washed a whole load of clothes.

I also tried my hand at menu planning.  Yes, me the one who recently said that I never plan recipes or what I'm eating until the last I planned away and the best part of it was that every meal except tonight's used the food I'd cooked to create a tasty lunch from the leftovers.  Basically, I made food based on what would work well in my daily lunchbox!

So here's one of the results...I apologise now for non FoodGawker worthy photos but to be honest it was so delicious that I didn't have time for food styling and it was dark outside by the time I finished cooking to take decent photos!

To begin, prepare the meatballs.  Finely dice a clove of garlic and add to the turkey mince along with the rest of the ingredients.  Mix thoroughly (get your hands in there!) and then refrigerate for up to an hour to let the flavours mix well.

For the sauce - soften the onion in a little olive oil on a low heat and then add the garlic and cook for a further couple of minutes.  Add the green pepper and fresh tomato and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Add the chopped tomato and simmer on a low heat.

While simmering the sauce, shape the turkey mix into meatballs and then grill until they start to brown.

Once the meatballs are done add them to the sauce and keep the sauce simmering.

Add the chopped spinach a few minutes before everything is cooked through and then serve with pasta and a big wedge of garlic bread!

Turkey meatballs with a green pepper and spinach tomato sauce.  A healthier alternative to beef balls

Ingredients (makes approx 13 balls)
Turkey Meatballs
250g turkey mince
1 egg
1 clove finely diced garlic
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 pinches of ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

Tomato Sauce
400g chopped tomato - I used a can that already had basil but if you can't find that, add 2 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 cup shredded spinach
1 fresh tomato, diced
1 clove garlic, finely diced
1 green pepper, small pieces

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