Lamb and Apricot Meatballs with Jewelled Rice

Lamb and Apricot Meatballs with Jewelled Rice

Lamb and Apricot Meatballs with Jewelled Rice

Serves 2
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


For the meat balls:
250g lean minced lamb
½ onion, finely chopped
6 dried apricots, finely chopped
50g breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Ras El Hanout spice mix
1 small egg, beaten
Black Pepper and Salt to taste

For the Jewelled rice:
1 pouch of Tilda® Garden Vegetable and Quinoa
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 spring onions, chopped
50g blanched almonds (optional) alternatively use dried cranberries
50g pomegranate seeds
100g cherry tomatoes, diced
Squeeze of lemon juice

Place all of the meatball ingredients into a bowl, season with a pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper and mix together with your hands to form 12 evenly sized small balls.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear the meatballs for 5 minutes until browned all over a high heat, then turn down the heat and cook for another 10 minutes until cooked through. Remove the meatballs and keep warm.
Using the same pan add the spring onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add the rice, almonds (or cranberries), pomegranate seeds, tomatoes and squeeze over some lemon juice. Stir well and heat through. Season to taste.
Serve the meatballs on a bed of rice

Note: For a vegetarian option, replace the meatballs with falafel

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