Veggie Packed Chicken Balls

These balls are a favourite for my kids and it's a great way to make sure that they are getting their vegetables too without too much fuss. On a bed of rice or pasta, you have a simple, complete meal that takes minimal time to prepare. They freeze really well too so make sure you double the batch!

Ingredients:

600g chicken mince
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 cup broccoli florets
1 corn cob, kernels removed
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 garlic clove, minced

Tomato Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 brown onion, diced
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tin diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tablespoon coconut balsamic vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
½ fresh parsley, chopped

Method:

Start preparing your meal by steaming the corn by your preferred method and then remove the kernels and set aside.

The next process will be making the sauce. Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof saucepan on medium heat and sauté the onions for approximately 5 minutes. Add your mustard, paprika and tomato paste and stir to combine. Add your tomatoes, stock and vinegar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow it to cook whilst you prepare the meatballs.

Pre-heat your oven to 120 degrees.

To prepare your meatballs, place your cauliflower and broccoli in a high speed blender and blitz for 5 seconds until it resembles ‘rice’.

In a large bowl, place your chicken mince, cauliflower, broccoli, corn and seasonings. Mix well so that everything is combined.

With wet hands, roll the mixture into balls and place them in the simmering sauce. Once all the balls have been rolled, place the saucepan in the oven and cook for 2 hours.

Makes 12-16 balls (depending on size)

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