Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic comfort food dish and we have made it a little bit lighter and lower in carbs by pairing it with courgetti. These Pork and Fennel Meatballs with Courgetti are a little bit different from the usually spaghetti and meatballs, but they are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
My Nan makes the BEST meatballs. Hands down. No-one is going to take that title away from her. But, I don’t even want to think about the nutritional value of them, because there is a whole lot of fat that goes in to them. Whilst that is fine once in a while, nothing is off limits, when a craving hits for this comforting dish we are looking for something a little bit lighter. Adding fennel to these meatballs adds loads of extra flavour, without all the extra calories. This whole meal is just 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
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Fennel is one of those ingredients that we were never really sure if we liked, but it turns out we just hadn’t found a recipe that we liked it in yet. The aniseed flavour is subtle in these meatballs, but really gives it something extra that you don’t usually find in meatballs. Fennel is part of the carrot family, but you wouldn’t know that to taste it.
We wouldn’t have thought to put fennel in meatballs, as we are usually pretty boring (or traditional) with our meatball recipes, which is why I love recipe and fresh product delivery services like WW Smart Kitchen. Do you find yourself lacking inspiration when it comes to fresh and healthy meals? Well how about you get everything you need delivered right to your door, with the recipe ideas and easy instructions on how to make it?
With over five decades of experience helping people to reach their weight loss goals, Weight Watchers is the first weight-management brand to launch a weekly subscription-based healthy food box service. It is available to both members and non-members (which I think is awesome), WW Smart Kitchen has been designed to simplify healthy eating (who doesn’t need that) and it guides people to make healthier food choices. No foods are off limits with Weight Watchers, which is one of the main reasons why it worked for me, and the new service proves that cooking from scratch can be both convenient and simple.
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Whilst we are food bloggers and our job is to come up with delicious and healthy recipes, we have a mental block sometimes just like the rest of you and these boxes are a great way to discover new healthy meals, that fit in to your plan, and you can keep the recipe cards to make your favourites over and over again. We found these boxes so helpful for when Avery was going through a fussy period the thought of coming up with something for dinner and going shopping for it after a day of screaming just didn’t sound ideal. We also tried the Bacon & Cabbage Pasta and the Roasted Broccoli with Bulgar Wheat & Cherries.
Although you can’t request vegan boxes at the moment, the vegetarian meals we did get sent were easily adapted to be vegan and Dave enjoyed all the meaty recipes – not a single complaint there. Also, for this recipe there was the assumption that you already have a spiraliser, so it would have been good to have been sent the courgetti, which you can find in most supermarkets.
These do have a little bit of a spicy kick to them, with the red chilli, but you can easily leave that out for people that don’t like spicy food, or if you are serving this up to kids. You know us though, the spicier the better in this house.
Pork and Fennel Meatballs with Courgetti
- 250 g Extra-lean pork mince
- 0.5 tbsp Fennel seeds
- 0.25 Lemon (zest only)
- 0.5 Egg, lightly beaten
- 1 Small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 0.5 Red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- 400 g Chopped tomatoes
- 0.5 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 Large courgettes, spiralised
- 0.5 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
- Cooking spray
- Firstly, mix the pork, fennel seeds, lemon zest and egg. Form into 6 equal sized balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Mist a large pan with cooking spray. Add the onion, garlic and most of the chilli. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes, or until soft.
- Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and simmer until the sauce has thickened.
- Mist another large pan with cooking spray. Fry the meatballs over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until they are cooked through.
- Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer together for another couple of minutes.
- Cook the courgetti in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Drain and divide between two bowls.
- Finally, top with the meatballs and sauce and garnish with the parsley and remaining chilli.
Nutritional Information – Per person
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 5
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~ This Pork and Fennel Meatballs with Courgetti recipe was commissioned by WW Smart Kitchen, however all opinions are my own ~
*edit Apr 2018 – this service is no longer available.