SW recipe: Meatballs with spinach and sweetcorn rice

SERVES 4 (meatballs and sauce only)




700g extra-lean minced beef

A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped, reserving some to garnish

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Low-calorie cooking spray (1 cal per spray)

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and finely cubed

3 celery stalks, finely chopped

700g jar passata with onions and garlic

1 tsp ground cumin

200ml beef stock

For the rice:

300g dried long-grain rice

200g chopped frozen spinach

198g can sweetcorn, drained


1 Preheat your oven to 190°C/ fan 170°C/gas 5. In a bowl, mix the mince with the parsley and a third of the garlic. Season and shape into 24 walnut-size balls.

2 Place a large frying pan sprayed with low-calorie cooking spray over a medium heat. Fry the meatballs for 2 minutes, or until browned all over. Carefully transfer them to a baking dish.

3 Spray the frying pan with more low-calorie cooking spray, then fry the onion, carrots, celery and remaining garlic for 5 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Add the passata, cumin and stock. season well and stir, then pour over the meatballs. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the meatballs are cooked.

4 Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding the spinach and sweetcorn for the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain well and season.

5 Scatter the remaining parsley over the meatballs and serve with the vegetable rice.


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Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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