Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Calories per serving: 462
Cost per serving: £ 1.19
500g minced lamb
1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
2 heaped teaspoons tomato paste
5 teaspoons ras-el-hanout dried spice
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 1/2 wholemeal pitta breads
salt to taste
Place the lamb mince with with 2 teaspoons of the ras-el-hanout spice and the 2 teaspoons of parsley with a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and blend the contents together thoroughly until the spices are evenly mixed through the mixture.
Divide the mixture into 20 small balls and leave in the bowl until needed.
Chop the onions and cut the prunes into small pieces and place in a pan with the tomato paste, 2 teaspoons of the ras-el-hanout spice and the chopped tomatoes into a pan and bring to the boil.
When the mixture has begun to boil reduce to simmer and add the meatballs
Avoid pressing down the meatballs at this stage as they will be too soft and will just break up. Gently agitate the pan and they will sink slightly into the sauce, place lid over the pan and after about 5 minutes the meatballs will be firm enough to gently tease below the surface to cook.
Simmer for 30 minutes until meatballs are firm. While this is cooking add couscous to 1litre of boiling water and the remaining teaspoon of ras-el-hanout and simmer until the couscous has absorbed all the water.
Use beef mince to bring down price to under £1 (90p !! ).
You can use microwave rice as an option but this can increase the price a little (approx 40p per serving) but will save you time cooking the rice. There are many complimentary flavours too. I have cooked microwave rice on the stove by adding about 30 -40 mls of water and gently warming on a low heat. Ideal if you do not have a microwave.