Joanne Gould | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 24 November 2015

5 Minute Meatball Meal To Make Tonight If You Can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t Be Bothered To Cook

5 Minute Meatball Meal To Make Tonight If You Can't Be Bothered To Cook

The Debrief: Microwave meals don't have to be unhealthy, unsatisfying trays of doom. This week: Meatballs in a herby tomato sauce...

We love a good meatball – who doesn’t? – and these homemade ones are embarrassingly simple. Plus, of course they are 100% microwave-friendly, making for a mega-quick, post-work supper that you don’t need to feel bad about.

We’ve paired them with a basic homemade tomato sauce (again, zero time) and some of that snazzy new cauliflower rice, but if you’re made of stronger, carb-loving stuff then you can always swap for ready-to-heat rice.

All in, this one takes 5 minutes and you can’t argue with that for a nutritious and delicious dinner, can you?

Meatballs In A Herby Sauce

You will need:
100g extra lean beef or pork mince
1 medium egg
½ onion, diced finely
1 cup of stock (I used ½ veg stock cube)
Handful fresh chopped herbs (almost anything goes)
Heaped tbsp tomato paste
½ pack CauliRice

1.    Mix the mince, egg and onion together in a bowl. Form into balls and transfer into a microwaveable bowl, cover and heat on full for 2 ½ minutes.
2.    While that’s cooking, boil the kettle and make the stock if using a cube, then mix with the herbs and tomato paste. Set aside.
3.    The meatballs are cooked once there’s no pink meat. They will be a rather unattractive shade of greige as they’ve not been browned in a pan like usual, but bear with it. Add the CauliRice/normal rice and pour the tomato sauce over it all.
4.    Re-cover and microwave for a further 2 ½ minutes.
5.    Season and serve with grated cheese.

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