One of my favourite things to have come out of my health and wellbeing journey is a love of nutrition.
I have always loved cooking and baking, I love that it makes people happy to have a really good meal in front of them. I love even more when I know it's something I came up with and that it's nutritious - It's a lot of fun hearing people go on about how full they are and talk about needing to undo their top button when I know I just fed them 350 calories, max.
So this is one of my favourite recipes, I've shared it with many of my 12WBT friends and they have proven time and time again to be both husband and kid friendly - BUT before you take this recipe, as with all others I have given it to, you must put your hand over your heart and solemnly swear to always say 'a spicy meat-a-balls' with a Super Mario/Papa Dolmio italian accent every time you refer to this meal!
300g Lean Beef Mince
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 Carrot, Grated
1 Zucchini, Grated
1 tblsp Tomato Sauce (salt reduced is best)
1 tblsp Soy Sauce (again, salt reduced)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground sea salt
1 crushed garlic clove
1 400g can whole peeled roma tomatoes
1 level teaspoon chilli flakes/powder
Boil 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup water until cooked and water absorbed.
Drain excess moisture from grated zucchini and carrot to ensure mixture won't be too soggy and mix ALL ingredients except tomatoes and chilli in a bowl.
When well combined, form into 12 meatballs (this is the fun part where you get your hands dirty!) and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden in 180 degree oven.
In the meantime, combine tomatoes and chilli in a bowl and combine well, mash a little bit as you mix to break down the tomatoes. Pour these over your cooked meatballs and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
Perfect with a fettucine, I use about 60 grams of the wholemeal kind.
With 3 meatballs it comes in at around 312 calories per serve.
(serves 4 at 3 meatballs each).
Quinoa is such an awesome ingredient and packed full of all of the good stuff - the best part is that it's high in protein and it's such a good replacement for nasty starchy carbs.
I love to use a little bit of non fat milk to make a quinoa porridge too, with some roasted pear and honey.
As much as I love my oats, it makes a nice change, and is a delicious brekky!
Have you got any yummy recipes that I might like to hear about?
Let me have them!