Moussaka Meatballs
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Serves: 4
 
This recipe is gluten free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly

Extra Easy - 1 HEa and 3 syns
Original - 1 HEa and 3 syns
WW Smart Points - 12
Ingredients
  • 600g of ground lamb (9 syns), or you can use extra lean ground beef and then deduct 9 syns from the entire recipe
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 eggplant (aubergine) - approx 650g - chopped
  • 750g of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 2 tsp of paprika
  • 500ml of stock
  • 1 tbs of red wine vinegar
  • salt and black pepper to season
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 cup of 2% milk (1 x HEa)
  • 90g/3oz of parmesan, grated (3 x HEa)
  • 1 tbs of arrowroot powder (or cornstarch or tapioca) (1.5 syns)
  • salt and black pepper
  • chopped Italian parsley
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 200c, 400f or gas mark 6
  2. Season the lamb with salt and black pepper and roll into smallish meatballs
  3. Place the meatballs on a tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for 10 mins, until lightly brown.
  4. Remove and and set aside.
  5. Heat a large pan over a medium heat and spray with olive oil spray.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes to soften.
  7. Add the aubergine, chopped tomatoes, oregano, paprika, stock and red wine vinegar and bring to a boil, Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 mins.
  8. Then add the meatballs into the sauce.
  9. In a small saucepan add the milk and slowly heat
  10. Mix the arrowroot powder with a little water, so it is a smooth paste and stir this into the milk, add a little bit of the parmesan cheese and season with black pepper. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens into a smooth white sauce.
  11. Roughly spoon the white sauce over the top of the meatballs and then top with the remaining parmesan.
  12. Place in the oven and bake for 30 mins, until cheese on top has melted and gone golden.
  13. Top with some fresh chopped Italian parsley and serve with your choice of sides.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 572.9 Fat: 32.5g Saturated fat: 4.9g Carbohydrates: 30g Sugar: 3.1g Sodium: 956.9 mg Fibre: 4.7g Protein: 41.7g Cholesterol: 24.3mg
Recipe by Slimming Eats - Weight Watchers and Slimming World Recipes at https://www.slimmingeats.com/blog/moussaka-meatballs