I’ve discovered a healthy fast food restaurant, Leon, which was under my nose the whole time. I’m now addicted to their meatball lunchbox which consists of meatballs, a tomato sauce, brown rice, a few seeds and some aioli. It’s pure comfort food. When I can, I go to Leon in Spitalfields Market, London. Further down in this post is a great recipe for Moroccan meatballs.
500g lamb mince
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bunch chopped parsley
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
400g tinned tomatoes
Chopped parsley, mixed seeds and aioli to serve
Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl and use your hands to mix well. Roll golf size meatballs. Heat some all in a saucepan big enough to fit them all. Brown off the meatballs and set aside.
Mop up any excess fat in the pan and add the onion and garlic. After a couple of minutes add the spices and stir well before adding the tinned tomato’s. Also fill half the tin of tomato’s with water and add this as well. Stir to combine and put the meatballs back in the saucepan with the sauce. Allow to simmer gently for 25 minutes covered.
Top with chopped parsley and serve in the saucepan at the table with some brown rice, a couple of tablespoons of aioli and a few sprinkled seeds.
If you haven’t been to Spitalfields, it’s a great place to spend a day. There is every sort of food you could imagine, a great market and lots of little boutique shops with one of my favourites being Bohemia, a vintage furniture shop. Also check out the Spitalfields Rabbits and the Spitalfields Goat.