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Mini meat balls
Ready in 45 minutes
500 g lean beef mince
2 tbsp (30 ml) chutney
2 tbsp (30 ml) tomato sauce
2 baby marrows, grated
¼ cup (60 ml) uncooked oats
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp (10 ml) dried mixed herbs
1 tbsp (15 ml) ground coriander
3 tbsp (45 ml) chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
lemon juice and black pepper to taste
2 tbsp (30 ml) sunflower or canola oil for frying
- Place all the ingredients, except the oil, in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until well combined. Season with lemon juice and pepper.
- Shape the mince mixture into small balls using about 2 tbsp (30 ml) of mince per ball.
- Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry half of the meat balls until golden brown on both sides.
- Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for a few minutes or until cooked. Spoon out and repeat with remaining meat balls and oil.
- Allow meat balls to cool and pack in a lunch box with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as sweet chilli sauce, tomato sauce or plain low-fat yoghurt. Alternatively serve warm with salad ingredients as a light lunch.
- When buying sauces like chutney and tomato sauce, make sure you choose a good quality option that is lower in sugar and salt. Check the food labels and click here for more on reading food labels.
- The meat balls can also be served with fresh fruit or left-over cooked veggies like sweet potato, butternut or even corn on the cob. Baby potatoes in the skin also work well. The meat balls are delicious as a filling for pitas with salad ingredients.
- This recipe makes about 12-15 small meat balls.