Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Tasties No.29

This weeks recipe is inspired by a recipe in the Nigella Express cookbook. I love Nigella's recipes, they always look incredibly appetising and really suit my style of cooking, namely they're hearty and packed full of flavour.

Mellow Meatballs

This recipe really does have everything the body needs, especially post work-out. It's packed full of protein and isn't to heavy on the carbohydrate front. For this recipe you'll need:
  • 2 tablespoons of red curry paste
  • Olive oil
  • 600g of meatballs
  • 2 tsp of minced ginger
  • 400ml can of coconut milk
  • 400g of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 350g bag of prepared butternut squash
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • A handful of fresh chopped coriander
  • Cooked bulgur wheat to serve
This recipe is super easy and should take you no more than 30 minutes all in given there's a couple of time saving cheats, the pre-made curry paste and the ready prepped butternut squash.

The first thing you'll need to do is heat you olive oil and add the curry paste. Be warned, it will spit a little so make sure you're wearing long sleeves.
Once it's spitting a fair old bit, it's time to add in your meatballs and give them a good turn around in the pan until they're all covered with the paste.
Next, add in the ginger and gives things another good turn around. Then add the chickpeas, coconut milk and chopped tomatoes before giving everything a good stir ensuring everything is mixed together.
Then it's time to add the prepared butternut squash, your stock cube and the honey. Again, make sure everything is nicely combined and the stock cube is all dissolved.
Bring the mixture up to a simmer and leave for 20 minutes, in this time it should reduce slightly and the colour will intensify.
Give things a taste, if necessary add a wee bit more of the paste and season with salt and pepper. Then it's time to dish up. I served mine with a little bulgur wheat at the bottom and soupy meatball mixture on top. Garnish with a wee bit coriander and you're good to go.

Do you enjoy hearty food? What do you think of Nigella's recipes? Do you have a favourite?


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