Well it's been a while, but the madness of work has settled down and I've actually found time to update the blog. As you know from previous blog posts, about a month and a half ago I started on Weight Watchers, and very successful it has been too. To date I am one pound shy of having lost a stone and have lost 5% of my body weight...go me!
I often find that living with someone who isn't on a diet can be quite hard - sometimes you see a recipe that looks tasty but you know that the other person wont eat it (usually because it lacks meat..eat a vegetarian dish you say..never!), so you either end up making two meals or cooking something else entirely. I don't have any children but I can imagine it's the same difficulty, so this dish is great because the whole family can enjoy it.
The recipe below serves 4 and you will need:
- 400g (or 14oz) of extra lean beef mince
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- calorie controlled cooking spray
- 175g (or 6oz) dried penne pasta
- 2 x 400g tins of tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons tomato ketchup
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 125g pack light mozzarella, drained and torn into chunks
- Salt and Pepper
In a large bowl mix together the mince, some of the onion, parsley, basil and a little bit of the garlic. Add some seasoning and then shape into walnut sized balls. You should get around 16 balls, depending on how big or small you make them.
Bring a pan of water up to boil and add your pasta, cooking as per the instructions. Meanwhile, in the same pan you used to sear the meatballs, add the rest of the onion and fry gently for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, ketchup, balsamic vinegar and the rest of the garlic. Season with a little salt and pepper and leave to cook for a few minutes until the flavours have chance to combine a little.