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Spelt Pasta With Turkey Meatballs

By 7th April 2016Nutrition

Rediscover an ancient grain with this spelt pasta and turkey meatballs dish. Spelt is a species of wheat cultivated since 5000BC. It’s a great option to choose over modern, common wheat products due to the combination of high fibre and low gluten content which can make this grain easier to digest. This is great news for those that suffer from digestive issues, including bloating and IBS. Spelt also contains mucopolysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate that has anti-inflammatory properties. This dish makes a great weeknight evening meal, and has a balance of carbs, proteins and fats all whilst tasting delicious. It can be quite calorific though, which if on a fat loss regime might not be ideal, but can be tweaked to work more in your favour by reducing the spelt pasta serving to 50g or less.

Spelt pasta

Ingredients (makes one serving)
100g spelt pasta
6 turkey meatballs
1/2 a chopped red onion
200g tin chopped tomatoes
100g tomato purée
Handful of chopped basil
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Nutritional info
KCAL – 724.8
P – 50.8g
C – 89.8g
F – 18g

It’s a very easy dish to make, which is why I say it’s a good one for evenings during the work week. Begin by heating your coconut oil on a pan on medium heat. Next add in your meatballs and allow to brown for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, begin bringing some water to the boil in a separate saucepan, this is to cook your pasta. Next add the chopped tomatoes, purée, chopped onion and basil to your turkey meatballs. This is also a good time to begin cooking your pasta. Allow the meatball mix to cook through for a further ten minutes. Once your pasta is soft and cooked, you can dish it up and ladle on your tomato meatball mix. The last part is easy – get your scoff on!

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