Meatballs + spaghetti (Vegetarian)

A hearty meal, this one. Super comforting in the cooler weather and very satisfying my friends!

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All my love,

Kristy x

ingredients

veg balls
400g organic tinned lentils (drained + washed)
1/2 red onion diced finely
1 clove garlic diced finely
2 tbsp rice crumbs (gluten free) *you can also use GF breadcrumbs
1/4 cup organic red wine
1/4 tsp mustard
good pinch dried oregano
sea salt + cracked black pepper
1 grated carrot

tomato sauce
good glug of evoo
1/2 red onion
1 clove garlic
400g chopped organic tomatoes
1 tbsp organic tomato paste
good pinch dried italian herbs
good handful spinach leaves
fresh basil, or oregano
sea salt + cracked black pepper

quinoa spaghetti (gluten free)

method

Preheat the oven to 190C. Line a flat baking tray with paper.

Make your balls first. Fry the onion + garlic in a little evoo, until translucent. You’ll then need a blender or food processor. Blitz all of the veg ball ingredients (except for the grated carrot). Pulse a few times until the mixture comes together nicely. Don’t over do it. You still want some texture, not puree!

Empty the mixture into a bowl and stir through the grated carrot. Shape into generous balls (roughly makes 10). Place balls on your prepared tray and bake for 30 mins. Set aside.

In the meantime, heat the evoo in a deep frypan over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to cook for a minute.

Add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir through. Add the italian herbs, sea salt + pepper.  Cook for around 30 mins or until thick + reduced.

Whilst you are waiting for the tomato sauce, get your spaghetti on – with a drizzle of evoo + a pinch of sea salt in the water. Cook as per packet directions.

Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce in the pan + heat through. Stir through the spinach to wilt. Scatter with fresh basil leaves.

Serve a large spoonful on top of spaghetti (around 3 meatballs).

Sprinkle with parmesan shavings (make sure it’s vegetarian) and serve.

Zucchini + dill bread (GF)

The perfect picnic lunch? Or perhaps something healthy to cook on a Sunday afternoon – to be consumed during the working week.

What ever you fancy really!

This bread is moist + nutritious… and the freshness of lemon brightens it up beautifully – in a way that pleases the senses.

ingredients

1 red onion diced finely
1 clove diced garlic
3 cups gluten free flour
1 1/2 tsp guar gum *used to replace gluten in baking
1 tsp baking powder (gf)
1 large grated zucchini (+ water squeezed out)
4 large free range eggs
1 cup dairy free milk (almond, coconut milk)
1/2 cup rice bran oil
1 cup (hard) grated goats cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 drop lemon doterra essential oil/ or zest 1/2 lemon
sea salt
cracked pepper

handful of pine nuts
extra grated goats cheese

method

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.

Saute the onion + garlic in a frypan with some evoo until translucent. Set aside.

Sift the flour, guar gum, baking powder into a large mixing bowl and combine. Make a well in the centre. Add the onion mixture + wet ingredients (including the goats cheese + dill). Whisk together until smooth. Season well.

Pour into the loaf pan, sprinkle with goats cheese + scatter pine nuts. Bake for 60 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.

Cut into thick slices and toast.

Serve with a generous spread of cashew cheese or goats curd. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Balls (gf)

I hope this post finds you well + in good spirits! It has been awhile in between posts + I do endeavour to share more with you – I promise! I LOVE being of service + inspiring others to live a healthier lifestyle – in the kitchen, physically, emotionally + spiritually. Everything my bespoke business “Natural Health Conscious Living” encompasses.

These little morsels are crispy on the outside – and soft + mushy on the inside. A perfect appetiser, or main served with a side salad of beets, goats cheese, spinach + walnuts.

ingredients

1 large cooked orange sweet potato (+ mashed)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1-2 tsp chilli flakes
1 minced garlic clove
bunch fresh coriander chopped
bunch parsley chopped
1/4 cup gluten free plain flour
pink sea salt
cracked black pepper

sesame seeds
rice bran oil

plunging sauce

1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1-2 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil *use the juice of 1/2 lemon if you don’t have
1/2 tsp paprika
chopped fresh mint
chopped fresh dill

method

Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl in the order mentioned above. Mix together well until the mixture comes together. Season.

Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Mix together the ingredients for the plunging sauce. Set aside.

Roll the mixture into bite sized balls + coat in sesame seeds. Shallow fry the balls in rice bran oil over a medium heat until golden + crispy. Drain on paper towel. I use a heavy based pan for this.

Serve with the yoghurt sauce immediately.

In health + happiness,

Kristy x