Tender Lamb and Mint Meatballs in a sweet and spicy sauce packed with healthy vegetables.
Lamb is probably on the top of my list for my favourite meat to use in recipes and this simple but flavoursome recipe does not disappoint.
Simple juicy lamb meatballs fragranced with mint, shallots and garlic, simmered in an amazing sauce that will have you scooping up every last bit with a spoon.
When it comes to ground lamb, many tend to avoid it on Slimming World, as extra lean less than 5% fat ground lamb is pretty impossible to find unless you are making it yourself, which means it's not going to be syn free and we all know how much you love the syn free recipes.
However, it really doesn't need to be and shouldn't be avoided. It's such a great ingredient to use and really has an amazing flavour. Plus when you use less and combine it with lots of delicious vegetables, like in this Lamb and Mint Meatballs in a sweet and spicy sauce recipe, divided up into portions is not really many syns at all.
Remember this is a lifestyle change. If you carry on just sticking to syn free meals, it's going to become boring very quickly and you will drift off plan. Sometimes you just need to use the odd ingredient that does have some syns to make your meals more enjoyable and flavoursome. That is exactly what your daily syns are there for. Being sensible and healthy doesn't mean you need to compromise on flavour for the sake of saving a few syns.
Of course, if you really can't bear to use syns on some ground lamb, this dish would also work well with some extra lean ground beef or you could keep the lamb flavour by using some lean stewing lamb instead, just simmer in the sauce for a little longer than you would the meatballs, to ensure that meat is falling apart tender.
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How can I add a ⅓ speed foods to these Lamb and Mint Meatballs in a Sweet and Spicy Sauce?
The sauce is super packed with vegetables such as onions, passata, aubergine (eggplant) and zucchini but I love to serve this with my Roasted Cauliflower Rice for some additional speed foods.
If you can't do without your regular rice, try serving it with a ⅓ of your plate filled with some Roasted Cauliflower florets, which are a perfect side to these Lamb and Mint Meatballs in a Sweet and Spicy Sauce.
Kitchen Items I used in these Lamb and Mint Meatballs in a Sweet and Spicy Sauce
- Kitchen Scales
- Chopping Board
- Measuring Jug
- Santoku Knife
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Frying Pan
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For the meatballs:
- 400g (14oz) of lean lamb mince (18 syns)*
- fresh coriander
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp of fresh grated ginger
- salt and black pepper
- 1 egg
For the sauce:
- 240ml (1 cup) of passata
- 240ml (1 cup) of lamb or chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoons of cumin
- 2 teaspoons of coriander
- 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (increase if you like spicy)
- ½ tablespoon of granulated sweetener (I use erythritol)
- spray oil
- In a large bowl, add the lamb mince, a few tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander, 1 finely chopped red chilli, 1 clove of garlic, some freshly grated ginger, salt, pepper and 1 egg and bind it all together well.
- Form into equal sized meatballs.
- Spray a frying pan with some spray oil, and brown the meatballs. Then set aside.
- Add the onion, garlic, some ginger, and the carrot to the frying pan and cook for 2-3 mins until softened.
- Add the passata, tomato paste, stock, all the spices, and sukrin:1 (sweetener) and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the back in the meatballs and continue to simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
- Top with some freshly chopped coriander.
- Serve with your choice of sides.
This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - 4.5 syns per serving
- WW Green Smart Points - 10 per serving
- WW Blue Smart Points - 10 per serving
- WW Purple Green Smart Points - 10 per serving
- Gluten Free - use gluten free stock and spices
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 18.9gSaturated Fat 8.5gCholesterol 111mgSodium 250mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2.8gSugar 5.1gProtein 20.3g