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In Season: Lamb
Ideally organic and grass-fed
Great Balls of Fire (spicy meatballs) on a Crunchy Warm Salad
Difficulty rating: Easy
Cupboard to table: 30 minutes
Ingredients for meat balls:
250g (8¾ oz) of organic lamb or beef mince
1 tablespoon coriander seeds ground
¾ teaspoon ground cumin powder
¼ to ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ to ½ teaspoon hot cayenne pepper depending on your preference for heat
1 tablespoon tomato puree (organic if possible)
¼ to ½ teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon dried herbs (oregano or thyme)
1 tablespoon ghee for frying
Ingredients for the warm salad:
1 large cup shredded white cabbage
1 green or red pepper (capsicum) halved then finely sliced
12 to 15 cherry tomatoes halved
1 tablespoon coconut oil for frying
A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Goat’s yoghurt or freshly made raita
A handful of lightly toasted cashew nuts
1) To make the meatballs, blend all the ingredients (apart from the ghee) together in a bowl with the back of a fork. If the mixture remains very stiff add a little more tomato puree. Work the meat into small balls (about the size of a golf ball) in the palm of your hand and set aside – you should get between 6 and 8 pieces from this mixture.
2) Heat the ghee in a non-stick frying pan and gently fry the meatballs over a medium heat, turning occasionally. It should take between 10 and 15 minutes to brown them thoroughly – it is worth taking the time to colour them well as this adds a lot to the flavour.
3) Once the meatballs have started to cook prepare the vegetables. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (preferably non-stick) and gently fry the cabbage and peppers for about 5 minutes until they start to brown. Then add the cherry tomatoes and fry for a further 3 to 4 minutes – add a little more oil if necessary. Finally add the cayenne pepper (if using) for a little background heat.
4) Spoon the vegetables into two bowls, add the meatballs, yoghurt/raita and nuts and eat while hot.
To your lean, healthy, optimised future,
Dee, Matt & the Optimised team