Turkey and Spinach Meatballs

Parents love the fact that meatballs are so versatile, and kids love the fact that they are so tasty. Plus with hidden veg in them, they can be the perfect dish to serve any night of the week.

Makes: 20 small meatballs

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. coconut oil
100g breadcrumbs
1 medium egg (beaten)
500g minced turkey
50g spinach (cut up finely with scissors)
1 medium carrot (grated)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp. spicy Italian mix herbs
1 tbsp. parmesan

(Sauce)

1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 brown onion (finely sliced)
1 carrot (grated)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
1  tsp. Worcestershireshire sauce
1 tbsp. mixed herbs
1 small bunch basil (roughly chopped)
120ml chicken stock

Method:

1. Place the coconut oil in a pan, fry the carrot and garlic on a gentle heat for a minute or so before adding the spinach and cooking until it has wilted.
2. Once cooked pop the mixture into a bowl, then add the beaten egg, mince, spices, parmesan and season.
3. Next, add the breadcrumbs and knead the ingredients together by hand.
4. Shape the meat mixture into balls. Carefully place them on a baking tray, lined with baking paper. Pop them in a preheated oven (180oc) for around 20 minutes turning occasionally.
5. While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently cook the onion until soft. Add the garlic and carrots and cook for a few more minutes.
6. Then add the tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, mixed herbs, and basil. Season and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
7. When the sauce is ready pop it into a blender with 120ml chicken stock, blend until smooth. Pour the sauce back into the saucepan, add the meatballs and stir.  Serve with spaghetti and a sprinkle of parmesan.

Mumma’s Tip: It’s a great idea to serve this meal with sprilized courgettes instead of spaghetti. Courgettes are high in water and help detox your body, ridding it of unwanted toxins and leaving you and your child refreshed and hydrated. Courgettes have an abundance of dietary fiber, which helps keep us fuller longer and helps with our everyday digestion.