Turkey meatballs with Creole sauce

This recipe is from Slimming World’s new Free Food Feasts recipe book- very tasty!

Slimming World kindly sent me their new ‘Free Food Feasts’ recipe book, along with the ingredients to make this meal from it. It uses Cajun spice flavour and has lots of lovely ‘hidden’ veg in the sauce which make it nice and easy to eat your Speed foods! For those following Slimming World it is syn free.

I couldn’t actually find minced turkey so I used minced pork (Morrisons do a less than 5% fat one) which worked beautifully.

The Free Food Feasts book will be available to buy in Slimming World groups from 29th February for £4.95.

 

 

My Recipe

Serves: 4
Syns: none
Healthy Extra: none

Ingredients

  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 800g lean turkey mince (5% fat or less)
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • small handful chopped fresh parsley
  • For the Creole sauce:
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Put all of the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to low, season to taste and simmer for 15-20 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, spray a large ovenproof dish with low calorie cooking spray
  4. Put the turkey, thyme and chilli in a large mixing bowl and season. Using your fingers, mix well and roll into walnut-sized meatballs. Arrange the meatballs in a single layer in the ovenproof dish. Spray with low calorie cooking spray and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  5. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs to cover them evenly, then return the meatballs to the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Scatter over the parsley and serve with extra Speed vegetables

Additional Info

I served mine with both cauliflower rice and brown rice. If you can't get hold of turkey mince you can either use pork mince (as I did), or you can whizz up chicken thigh fillets in the food processor to make your own mince.

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