Dinner with friends

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We were recently invited for dinner at some friends of ours house and as they eat predominantly gluten and dairy free and I knew they’d been experimenting with clean eating I’d been really looking forward to it it all week. I wasn’t disappointed.

On the menu for the evening was a recipe from Madeleine Shaw’s book “Get the Glow”, tomato turkey meatballs with homemade tomato sauce and courgetti (although the boys had spaghetti as neither of them are gluten intolerant. I’m not actually gluten intolerant, just trying to cut down on the amount of gluten I eat and plus the courgetti sounded really yummy. It was!)

Here’s what you need…

600g turkey mince

1 white onion very finely diced

3 garlic cloves

10g fresh coriander, chopped

1stp paprika

2 eggs beaten

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 sticks celery, very finely diced

2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

2 x 400g cans tomatoes

4 courgettes, ends cut off

Salt and pepper

(Serves 4)

Here’s what you do…

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/350F/Gas mark 4

Put the mince, half the onion, 2 crushed garlic cloves, the coriander, the paprika and eggs into a bowl. Combine with your hands, and grind in some salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 3cm balls and set aside in the fridge.

Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan over a medium heat for 1 minute, then add the rest of the onion, the rest of the crushed garlic and the celery, and sautee with a pinch of salt for 5 minutes. Add the rosemary and continue to cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, a pinch of salt and some ground pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile spiralise or julienne the courgettes, or cut them into very fine strips with a peeler to make the ‘courgetti’

Take the meatballs out of the fridge. Put them in a roasting tin and pour over the tomato sauce. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve with the courgetti.

There was some debate in the kitchen as to whether to heat the courgetti up or whether to eat it cold. In the end it was decided that it would be heated up. Mine was actually extremely tasty but my friend felt that hers was a little watery (she must have gotten all the watery bits I think!) We thought perhaps next time we might stir the courgetti into the sauce to warm it but not actually cook it as this might prevent it retaining so much water. As I say though I didn’t find it watery at all so I think either method would be fine.

The meatballs in tomato sauce was totally delicious and super healthy too (not words that you often see together but something I think I’ll be saying more often as I try more of Madeleine’s recipes)

Here’s what it looked like…

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We had a really lovely evening, enjoying some grown up time with lovely friends and eating some delicious healthy food that left us feeling virtuous instead of guilty. We’ll definitely be trying the recipe for Molly as she loves spaghetti and meatballs.

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