Hug Your Heart 2018

Healthy and delicious picnic snack ideas for 2018

Mini meat balls

Recipe adapted from Cooking from the heart 2

Makes 12 – 15 meat balls


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 olive oil for frying


  1. 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.
  2. Shape the mince mixture into small balls using about 2 tbsp (30 ml) of mince per ball.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Allow meat balls to cool and pack for a picnic with coleslaw, homemade mealie breads and green veggies. A dipping sauce of your choice, such as sweet chilli sauce, tomato sauce or plain, unsweetened yoghurt will also be delicious.


  1. When buying sauces like chutney and tomato sauce, read the food labels to make sure you choose a good quality option that is lower in sugar and salt.
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