Asian Meatballs with Pak Choi and Red Peppers

IMG_0948My mum first made me these and I fell in love! A great alternative to Italian meatballs.  A healthy dinner that you can prepare in advance or cook for the freezer to be pulled out whenever you fancy.

I have adapted this recipe to make them easier to make and even healthier! One of my main aims in my recipes is to cut down the long list of ingredients and limit the processes involved. It can just sometimes be too daunting when faced with a recipe that has 25 ingredients. You have to go shopping and then you ask yourself the question? “Will I ever use this again?”  There appears to be a longer list of ingredients here compared to my other recipes. However most of the ingredients appear in the meatballs and again in the sauce.

Choose extra lean mince (or swap for turkey mince if you don’t eat red meat) to make a low fat, healthy dish.

IMG_1080[1]Ingredients for the Meatballs

Serves 4
  • 500g extra lean minced beef
  • 1 red chilli
  • 6 spring onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • thumb size piece of ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 spice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. oat bran

 IMG_1078[1]Ingredients for the Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • Thumb size piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 spice
  • 200-300ml water

To Serve

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Pak choi
  • 2 red peppers

IMG_1013How to Make

Finely chop your red chilli and spring onion, grate your ginger and crush your garlic and add to a large mixing bowl. Crack in the egg, add the spice, seasoning and oat bran and mix it all up. Once you have done that, add the mince. I do this with my hands as I find it the best way to ensure that all the flavours are thoroughly mixed. Preheat your oven to 180°C and begin to roll the mince into balls. I make 20 balls giving me 5 per portion. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and lay each one on.

IMG_0949[1]Bake these in the oven for 15min. If there is any excess fat, use kitchen roll to soak it off.

Now to make the sauce simple, I have eliminated the oil and therefore the need to sauté the garlic, chilli and ginger. However if you want to do it that way, you can. It tastes great without though!

Crush the garlic, finely chop the chilli, grate the ginger and add these and the rest of the ingredients to a casserole dish. Place the meatballs into the sauce and cook in the oven at 150°C for 3 hours or in a slow cooker. Just ensure you have adequate water if you are leaving it unattended.

Now, what are you going to serve it with?! You could serve it with soba noodles, brown rice or any selection of vegetables. I like to serve it with pak choi and peppers. Heat a drop of oil in your wok, add the peppers and stir fry for 5 mins then add the pak choi for 1 min. Serve. Eat. Smile!

Nutritional Information

Calories : 308
Total Fat : 14.4g
Saturated Fat : 6g
Total Carbs : 12.8g
Protein : 31.9g