“Spahhhhgggeettttttiiiiiii and meatballs, all cover in cheese,” is exactly what I was singing while crafting this delicious healthy meatballs recipe. And I must say, it certainly did not disappoint. A couple of these mozzarella-stuffed healthy meatballs, a carrot spiralized into noodles, a few spoonfuls of your favourite tomato pasta sauce and you’re in business.
I created this recipe on a cold autumn night when the craving for comfort food had reached its peak after a rainy commute home. There’s nothing better than biting into a meatball, fresh from the oven, followed by a string of melted mozzarella cheese. The best part is, they’re completely guilt free!
It wouldn’t be a Sarah in Shape recipe if it didn’t feature some sort of sneaky veggies, this week starring wilted baby spinach. Not only is it a great way to add fibre, vitamins and minerals to your diet, it’s also perfect for using up your greens that are past crunchy salad texture.
Enjoy these deliciously healthy meatballs in all their gooey, cheesy, meaty goodness.
- 3 cups baby spinach (60g)
- 2 slices wholemeal bread
- 500g (1.1lbs) extra lean beef mince
- 1 egg (70g)
- 1 large onion, finely diced (100g)
- 2 tspn (3 cloves) crushed garlic
- 1 tspn dried Italian herb blend
- 16 cubes (75g) of skim mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 170°C (340°F) and line a baking tray.
- Toast bread until it easily crumbles into small pieces - be careful not burn.
- Meanwhile, wilt spinach in microwave or in a pan.
- Drain excess moisture and leave to cool.
- Place mince, egg, onion, garlic, herbs, spinach in a bowl.
- Crumble toast into mixture, similar to bread crumbs, and mix with hands until combined.
- Divide into 16 portions.
- Press each portion out on hand, place cheese cube in the middle, and fold mince around into a meatballs shape. Place on baking tray.
- Cook for 15 minutes, or until brown.
- Because this recipe doesn't use breadcrumbs, the cheese can ooze out while cooking. I personally like this because the cheese browns. But to avoid, use more meatball mixture around cheese or add bread crumbs to mixture.