Pork, Mushroom and Cashew Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Adding mushrooms and nuts to ground pork gives some nutritious bulk to a basic meatball mixture. In this meal I combined the meatballs with a simple tomato sauce to make a total calorie count of 215 per serving. You could serve this over wholemeal pasta (a 75g portion per person would add 250 calories to each serving) or just use vegetables as side dishes.

Recipe for Pork, mushroom and cashew meatballs (serves 4)

Ingredient Calories per serving
250g ground/minced pork 89
170g mushrooms, diced 9
1 banana shallot, diced 8
50g unsalted cashew nuts 72
1 tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried herbs (whatever you have to hand) 1
salt & pepper 0

Total calories per serving: 180

Pork, Mushroom and Cashew MeatballsMethod: Heat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Cook the pork over a medium heat until the fat starts to be released. Then add the chopped shallot and mushrooms. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Put the cashew nuts in a dry pan and roast over a medium heat until they are golden-brown. Put the cashews in a food processor and blitz until they are roughly chopped. Then add the pork mixture, herbs (I used parsley and sage) and seasoning and process until they are combined. Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and place on a baking sheet (I got 16 out of this mixture). Place in the hot oven and cook until lightly browned (15 to 20 minutes).

Recipe for Tomato sauce (serves 4)

Ingredient Calories per serving
400g tomatoes (fresh or canned), blended to a purée 32
2 tsp smoked garlic powder 2
1 tsp paprika 1
salt & pepper 0

Total calories per serving: 35

Method: While the meatballs are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Keep warm and serve over the meatballs when they are done.