High Protein Meaty Snack Balls with Homemade Tomato Sauce

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I like to make a batch of these and keep in the fridge for when I need a grab and go snack, a portable breakfast or a quick easy packed lunch.

You can make a big batch and freeze the balls before cooking for speedier prep next time and you can knock out a round of HIIT (look out for an article coming soon) whilst they are in the oven!

If you are the sort of person who does not like to mix their pudding with their main course – Don’t freak out about the fruit – these combos work really well so have faith!

The recipes I have included are:

  • Pork, Apricot and Smoked Paprika
  • Spicy lamb and Goji Berry
  • Turkey, Blueberry and Fennel

(Grain Free, Scotch Egg. baked not fried, recipe coming soon)

To find out what happened when Jo Prosser (Fitness Model and Body Transformation Coach) and Fiona Reed (Pure Elite Pro) taste tested these babies click Fit, Fab and Forty-something: Kids, Jobs and Getting Fit

I don’t usually bother with the homemade sauce as I am just not a sauce person but have included it here for my saucy readers.

Packed with protein to help you build lean muscle, these recipes are:

Snip 14Snip 10Snip 8Snip 5Snip 4Snip 3

Snip 13Clearly you are going to need to omit the meat! Try using crushed cooked chickpeas mixed with cooked quinoa instead.  You may need to use egg, tofu or cheese as a binder. Experiment with ground nuts and fresh herbs

Snip 9Dip in mayonnaise!

Snip 2Double your batches and freeze before cooking.  Lazy garlic for the sauce

CaptureNo need for leftovers – just freeze the balls before cooking, the sauce can be frozen too.

 

Homemade Tomato Sauce (makes lots)

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic diced or 4 tsp lazy garlic
  • 4 sticks of celery diced
  • 4 carrots diced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil or 3 tsp dried
  • 2 kg tomatoes diced
  • 4 cloves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tblsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2tsp xylotol
  • cooking oil of your choice – I used olive oil

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the vegetables and spices until softened
  2. Add the tomatoes and 700 ml water, bring to the boil with the lid off and reduce by about half
  3. Season with salt and pepper, add the fresh basil and blend with your stick blender
  4. Add the vinegar and xylotol, put back on the stove and simmer with the lid off to reduce to a thicker consistency.  Allow to cool

Pork, Apricot and Smoked Paprika Balls

Ingredients

  • 500 g pork mince
  • 120 g of dried apricots diced (needs to be quite small)
  • 1 tblsp smoked dried paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190c, lightly grease a baking tray
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.  You need to get stuck in here and really squish it up with your hands so that it is thoroughly combined
  3. Roll into balls – size is your preference but I would aim for golf ball size or a bit smaller
  4. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 mins

Spicy Lamb and Goji Berry Balls

Ingredients

  • 500 g minced lamb
  • 100 g Goji Berries
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190c, lightly grease a baking tray
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.  You need to get stuck in here and really squish it up with your hands so that it is thoroughly combined
  3. Roll into balls – size is your preference but I would aim for golf ball size or a bit smaller
  4. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 mins

Turkey, Blueberry and Fennel Balls

Ingredients

  • 500 g turkey breast mince
  • 1/2 punnet of blueberries halved (slightly fiddly but if you don’t do this you get blueberry displacement issues)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of Kale shredded (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190c, lightly grease a baking tray
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.  You need to get stuck in here and really squish it up with your hands so that it is thoroughly combined
  3. Roll into balls – size is your preference but I would aim for golf ball size or a bit smaller
  4. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 mins

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