Have a meal on us!
Written by Clare Caswell on February 26, 2021
Article Published on Friday February 26, 2021 1:20 PM by Clare Caswell
Have a meal on us!
Slimming Worlds founder, Margaret Miles-Bramwell, knew that a huge fear for slimmers is that they’ll need to restrict and limit what they eat to lose weight – which inevitably leads to feelings of hunger, deprivation and, often, rebellion. That’s why, instead, Food Optimising was designed to avoid feelings of guilt and shame and the cycle of yo-yo dieting that they create for many of us. It teaches our members that a healthy eating plan doesn’t have to be about counting calories or going hungry and instead uses science – it might seem like magic, but we promise it is science! – to give slimmers a way to enjoy hearty portions of delicious food, eat to satisfy their appetite, continue to unashamedly love food and lose weight. What’s not to love? And what better way to showcase our world-beating plan than with a mouth-watering recipe?
Slimming World’s Beef Meatball Bake with Feta
This punchy pasta bake brings together delicious ingredients from all sides of the Mediterranean and proves that with Slimming World’s Food Optimising healthy eating plan nothing is off the menu – even pasta!
Ready in 50 minutes
1 small onion, roughly chopped
500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
1 tsp dried Italian herbs
1 level tsp Dijon mustard
1 medium egg
2 large courgettes, grated
Low-calorie cooking spray
400g can chopped tomatoes
900ml boiling beef stock
1 level tbsp rose harissa paste
400g dried penne pasta
50g reduced-fat feta cheese
Chopped fresh parsley, to serve
Salad or vegetables, to serve
Preheat your oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas 6.
Put the onion in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Put half of the puréed onion in a bowl and set aside. Add the beef to the onion left in the food processor along with the dried herbs, mustard, egg, half the courgettes and a little salt and pepper. Whizz until combined then transfer to a bowl, divide into 20 portions and shape into meatballs.
Spray a wide non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Add the meatballs and cook in batches for 1-2 minutes or until browned all over, turning them occasionally (they won’t be cooked through yet). Transfer to a plate.
Reduce the heat to medium and fry the remaining onion and courgettes for 2-3 minutes or until softened, stirring often.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes, stock and harissa and bring to the boil. Stir the pasta into the tomato sauce, then carefully pour into a large roasting tin, about 35cm x 24cm. Top with the meatballs, cover with kitchen foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and the pasta is just cooked but has a little bite (‘al dente’).
Evenly crumble over the feta, sprinkle with the parsley and serve hot with salad or vegetables.
Recipe taken from Slimming World’s new Passion for Pasta (and Noodles!) book. Get a copy free when you commit to a six-week Countdown course at your local Slimming World group – you’llalso get six weeks for the price of five. Visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000 to find out about Slimming World’s temporary virtual groups and find your nearest one.
© Slimming World, 2021. Image: Slimming World/Sam Folan
For a step-by-step video on how to make this delicious recipe and many more, head over to the official Slimming World YouTube channel at youtube.com/slimmingworld.
Did you know that……..
*Slimming World members fall in love with healthy new habits around food and activity that they can maintain for life
• At Slimming World, it’s possible to love food and lose weight, even carbs like pasta
• Slimming World helps members to tackle the physiology and the psychology of weight loss, so they can shed the guilt and shame that comes with excess weight, learn to love themselves and be kinder to themselves making them realise how amazing they are and what they can achieve when they believe in themselves – which all helps them to cope with challenges and setbacks in their journey so they can maintain their dream weight for life
• Whether in-person or virtual, Slimming World groups are warm and friendly environments, where members are treated with respect, understanding and kindness, and make powerful relationships
• Our virtual groups are open and Consultants and group members share exactly the same support, care and love as we do in our real-life groups.
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