Thursday, 8 May 2014

Simple Meatballs with Cauliflower Mash

This meal is a great one for the whole family - I kept these meatballs very basic in flavour and served them skewered onto a stick. The kids loved them, and by serving them with some cauliflower mash and a beetroot salad and drizzling them with a little sweet chilli sauce they were very adult friendly too!

You can always add whatever you like to the meatball mixture to give it whatever flavours you like - even just adding a tsp or so of chilli powder would give it another dimension - but they are also delicious as they are! By making them very simple in flavour, it allows you to be a little creative if you want to with combinations of sauces and accompaniments.

I served the kids meal with just some steamed vegetables and gluten-free pasta, as my 2 are not huge on anything mashed...not even potato. A cauliflower mash for hubby and myself is a yummy alternative to mashed potato or kumara, and it's totally delicious - and incredibly simple and quick to make.

The beetroot salad was inspired by my gorgeous friend who I saw yesterday - she was telling me about her yummy salad with beetroot that she had made, and it sounded delicious! Had some beetroot in the fridge so grated it and added it to our basic garden salad just grated raw - LOVE that beetroot flavour! If you are not a beetroot lover, just make a classic salad or serve with whatever veges take your fancy. Give the beetroot a go though, if you's So good for you! Beetroot contains a whole swag of super nutrients, and is particularly beneficial for your heart health.

Basic Meatballs with Cauliflower Mash

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free

500g mince of your choice (I used beef, but any kind will work)
2 cloves of garlic, grated
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 tsp ground coriander
1 egg
salt and pepper

2 cups cauliflower florets
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp butter, coconut oil, or olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper
2. Put a pot of water on to boil (enough water to cover your cauliflower)
3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs (mince, garlic, mustard, coriander, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
4. Take small scoops of mince mixture (about 1-2 tbsp) and shape into balls. 
5. Thread the meatballs onto skewers (I put 3 on each skewer, but you decide how many you want), place on the baking tray and bake for about 15-20 minutes until meatballs are cooked through
6. While the meatballs are cooking, place the cauliflower in the boiling water. Cook until tender.
7. Drain the water and add the other ingredients into the pan with the cauliflower (mustard, butter or oil, salt, and pepper). Use either a masher or a stick blender to mash or puree the cauliflower until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Some people prefer to have a really smooth puree, others prefer a bit more texture (I'm into a few lumps myself, but hubby is a smooth man!)

Serve the meatball skewers on top of the mash and drizzle with your choice of sauce. Pop a wee side salad on the plate, and dinner is served! 

For the kids, serve the meatballs as they are, or maybe with a wee dollop of tomato sauce (check which one you use - watch out for nasty additives! Some are really high in sugar, and some contain gluten, so be sure to read the ingredients. We use the Ceres Organic one, or the I Love Sauce one which are pretty good). You can also put their favourite veges on the plate and either some pasta or maybe some mashed potato or homemade potato chips on the side.