Mean balls with tomato sauce

Mean balls with tomato sauce

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From
Thrive on Five
Serves
4 kids
Photographer
Dan Jones

These spicy veggie mean balls look just like traditional meat balls and taste just as good, too. Served with a wholesome tomato sauce, this is a perfect way to give the kids their five-a-day.

For the mean balls

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon sunflower oil, plus more to fry
small red onion, finely chopped, (80g)
1 small carrot, coarsely grated, (80g)
80g mushrooms, finely chopped
400g can of borlotti beans, drained and rinsed, (net weight 240g)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
4 tablespoons oats

For the tomato sauce

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 small onion, finely chopped, (80g)
1 small courgette, finely chopped, (80g)
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped, (80g)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
400g can of chopped tomatoes
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion, carrot and mushrooms for about 10 minutes until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, pat the drained borlotti beans dry with kitchen paper. Put the beans and everything else for the mean balls into a food processor (not the contents of the frying pan just yet, though) and pulse-blend until you have a coarse mixture. Empty into a bowl and stir through the cooked onion, carrot and mushroom mixture. Form into 12–16 balls and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce: heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, courgette, pepper and garlic. Cook for seven to 10 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes with 100ml of water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes, adding extra water only if necessary. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then blend until smooth.
  4. Heat some oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the mean balls and fry for eight minutes over a medium heat, turning halfway through. Serve with the tomato sauce and some pasta.
Tags:
Healthy
five a day
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