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Pork, turkey & courgetti meatballs/ patties

I have done a post before about the versatility of meatballs, but these were different again and we just so good enjoyed by the children too, that I had to share. We had an over stock of courgette so que grating that and in it goes.


500g turkey and pork mince eachGarlic powder, you can use fresh
½ onion, we used red finely choppedMixed Herbs
1 medium courgette, you can add carrot tooCoriander seeds toasted and ground
1 heaped tsp dried parsley or freshGround cumin
Passata or chopped tomatoesOil for cooking and coating hands when rolling balls
1 garlic clove, minced Olive oil
 1 milk-soaked slice of bread 2-3 tbs Balsamic vinegar


Grated your courgette into a bowl and put a pinch of salt over, let is stand and get on with your day. Come back to it and squeeze out all the water, I managed fine with just my hands. Add your onion, garlic and any herbs and spices you want to use. Pan fry some slices of courgette to add on top at the end and set aside till needed.

Mash the slice of bread and they goes in too, now add the mince and for the fun, combine thoroughly with your hands. You can cover the mixture and leave in the fridge till needed or form the balls immediately. I had to work quickly as I needed to get the meal prep done. Lay out some clingwrap on a flat surface this just means I can use the chopping board after without washing it immediately. Coat your hands with some oil and with a spoon get some of the mixture out and form a ball, through the meat from one hand to the other to compact it, place on the board. You can freeze them raw and put in a zip lock ounce frozen but we going to cook all of them.

Heat some vegetable oil in a heavy based pan, put the balls in a circle from 12:00 and again in a smaller circle and so on until the pan is full. I cooked them from 5 minutes turning halfway. Heat your oven to 108 degrees.

Line a baking tray with foil and get the balls out the pan into the tray. We also made some burger patties for a separate meal later in the week. Once your have seared all your balls/patties pop them in the oven for 20 minutes, again you can freeze them at this point but I used meat that had already been frozen so I needed to cook it all the way.

Once the meat is cooked remove the balls and let them cool on a rack. You can now freeze or put them in the fridge for later or use them immediately. To the same pan that you seared the meatballs in add some balsamic vinegar and let it sizzle then tip any cooking liquid from the baking tray into the hot pan with a teaspoon of brown sugar and reduce. Once it is bubbling add mixed herbs, paprika and pepper then your passata. Add any salt you want at the end so you can remove some for the babies first.

Not cook your pasta and reserve some of the cooking liquid, bring your sauce back up to heat and put the drained, cooked pasta into the hot pan using a pasta ladle and spoon toss it together. It should be bubbling so the sauce reduces if needed add some of your cooking liquid now and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. We heated our balls in the microwave a little and then added them to the pan once the sauce had thickened. Now serve, with your pasta ladle and spoon scoop up and plate and then dived the meat balls evenly at the end. We used about 5 small meatballs each and the rest are saved for baby’s meals or frozen for another time. Now top with your fried courgette, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.


Versatile Meatballs

It has been a few days since I last posted, to be honest it has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. The reason I am making mention of this is because we are all being put into situations out of our comfort zone and it helps to know that you are not alone at this time; even if you technically are. You will have ups and downs but don’t let the downs consume you. I committed to do yoga today and make time for my writing, as I know those things will lift my spirits.

We all need to plan at the minute, this will also reduce some anxiety or stress that you may be experiencing. I have drawn on some of the food prep we did before having the twins. In the weeks before going into labour I made a huge batch of meatballs and froze them, 50 meatballs in total. You can use them with tomato sauce and pasta, with noodles for an Asian twist or in a wrap with houmous. I mean there are probably more you can do but the above ideas demonstrate their versatility.


Pack of Mince (we use Turkey or Pork, but you can use Beef in you prefer)Honey
1 Small – Medium Onion finely choppedSoy Sauce (Reduced salt or regular)
1 slice of bread soaked in milkSesame oil
Fresh or dried parsley finely choppedCoriander leaves
PaprikaSesame seeds black and white
I didn’t add more spices, but you can add some cumin, graham masalaDried Chilli flakes
Broccoli florets and carrot ribbonsPepper
Cupboard condaments in the right column

This is a very straight forward recipe; feel free to add other flavors with spices or garlic powder if you prefer. You can also add some hidden vegetables such as red pepper, carrots or spinach. These are for the entire family and we will be using them in different meals so I kept it simple for us.


Add all the ingredients together in a bowl; the mince, bread, paprika, teaspoon of sesame oil and soy sauce and grind of pepper. We didn’t add salt as there is plenty of flavour without it and the glaze we used for the adult meal was salty enough. Mix it all with your hand until combined. I set it in the fridge until I had time to make the balls while Aria and Austin ate later in the day.

When forming the balls, I did a mixture of coating my hands with olive oil but then also wet them with water during to keep the meat from sticking to my hands. Take a spoon and scoop an amount that you are happy with and try keep it the same throughout. Ours were about the same as a 50p coin in diameter.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, this reduces the amount of washing up and the balls will not stick to the tray. I also did a light spray of non-stick but that is not strictly necessary.  Place your balls on the tray as you shape them, we chose to cook them all before freezing but you can also cover the tray with cling film and freeze them before bagging them up. With the babies we often need the food quickly so heating them through in a pan once defrosted works better for us.

Meatballs once I had turned and drained the liquid halfway through cooking

Heat the oven to 190 degrees and cook for 15minutes, I turned mine and drained/ dried the juices halfway through, so they weren’t too wet. When it was the babies time to eat, I warmed them in the microwave and served with broccoli and Potato wedges. Confession a little bit of tomato sauce is a tasty treat now they are a bit bigger.

We made our dinner later and flash fried them in a pan to warm through. Put a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce and honey and chili flacks in a small pot and reduce till it becomes a sticky glaze, I rolled the balls in that and set them aside and mixed pre-prepared wholewheat noodles through the remaining glaze. Serve this with stir-fried carrots and broccoli or just plain. Top the noodle with our glazed meatballs and garnish with coriander and sesame seeds. It was super delicious and quick to prepare one the babies had gone to bed.