Syn Free Asian Style Pork & Spinach Meatballs
I am always looking for ways to combine my favourite styles, ingredients and foods, and flavours, and these meatballs do exactly that…
Slimming World friendly…check!
They’re just the right amount of spicy, with delicious hints of lemon, and the underlying garlic and saltiness of the soy sauce bringing it all together. They made a fantastic dinner, and I can now confirm that they make a delicious lunch…as I’m eating my leftovers as I write this! If you love Asian flavours, and want to try something interesting, healthy and tasty then these are for you!
Healthy pork meatballs full of the flavours of Asia!
- Fry Light
- 500g Lean Pork Mince (less than 5% fat)
- Handful of Baby Spinach (chopped small)
- 1 Lemon (zest and juice)
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped/minced)
- 1/2tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2tsp Chinese Five Spice
- 2tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
- 1 Red Chilli (finely chopped)
- Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.
- Spray a hot pan with fry light, and add the garlic, chilli, and spring onions with the Chinese Five Spice. Stir fry for a 2-3 minutes until cooked. Remove from the heat and tip onto a piece of kitchen towel to cool down.
- Meanwhile, add the pork, lemon juice, lemon zest and egg into medium sized bowl and mix using your hands, making sure to mash everything together with your fingers. If you have time, leave this to marinate for approx 45 minutes!
- Once cooled, add the garlic, chilli and spring onion, and then add the garlic powder and soy sauce, and spinach and mix well.
- Using your hands, roll portions of the mince into balls. Spray a baking tray with Fry Light and place the meatballs on it.
- Once you've made them all up, spray over the top with more Fry Light, and pop in the oven for 20 minutes or until they're cooked through.
- Enjoy with stir fried noodles, and plenty of speed food!
If you find that your mixture is too sloppy and that you can't form it into balls (this could happen depending on the size of the eggs, or how generous your soy sauce was!) but you don't want to use breadcrumbs, I find adding one to two table spoons of instant mashed potato (e.g. Smash) can help thicken it up and make it easier to work with. These are syn free on Slimming World.