Must Eat ‘Yummy Meat Balls’

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I’m very happy to share a recipe my friend taught me. This is a nice Italian dish that kids love – It’s such a textural experience for them. They are called yummy balls for a reason 😉 I found the dish took longer than I’m used to, but it was worth it!

Preparation Time: 40 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour 15  minutes

Serves: 6 people

Ingredients 

Meat Balls

  • 500g mince meat
  • 1/2 sweet potato
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 eggs

Sauce

  • 3 gloves garlic
  • 3 cans of diced tomato
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups of water (I ended up adding a 1 L water total so the sauce did not reduce too much during the process of cooking the rice inside the balls).
  • 4 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Methods

  1. Dice onion.
  2. Fry onion in a sauce pan.
  3. Grate zucchini and sweet potato (I used an electric food processor so save some time).
  4. Add meat ball ingredients to a large bowl.IMG_7878rs
  5. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  6. Roll mixture into balls. Set aside.IMG_7902rs
  7. Start making the sauce – In a large sauce pan fry the onion in oil on a medium heat, add tomato, 3 cups of water to start off with, sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Turn to high heat – Reduce to low once sauce boils. Add the balls.
  8. Simmer on low for about 1 hour or until rice is cooked and sauce has reduced, stirring occasionally. Add extra water if sauce reduces too much.IMG_7919rs
  9. Serve yummy balls topped with sauce and enjoy this delectable dietetic moment courtesy of my friend!IMG_7930rs

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