3 Healthy European Recipes to Eat Your Way Around the World | Mindful Chef

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Bringing you three european food dishes, to tingle your taste buds, allows you to experience food from across the world. Gain a feel as to what other cultures dish up on their plates, and enjoy the flavours they bring. Each month we will be recommending recipes for you to try in the comfort of your home, to illustrate just how easy they are to create. Discover which three european recipes we’ve suggested this month to impress your friends and family now.   

Swedish-Style Pork Meatballs & Potato Mash

swedish meatballs can be a healthy european food for any meal time

As a Swedish comfort food, enjoy a Mindful Chef twist on the traditional pork meatballs. This healthy pork recipe incorporates juicy, free-range pork meatballs, tossed in a decadent coconut sauce served with creamy mash potatoes. Perfect as a springtime dish, each mouthful is pure satisfaction. 

  • Cook time: 35 mins
  • Allergens: Celery
  • Cuisine: European
  • Key ingredient: Tender British free-range pork

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 638
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbs: 47g
  • Fat: 33g

If you want to share the comfort of this dish with friends and family, we would recommend doubling the ingredients to serve a family of four. The current portioning is perfect for couples or individuals who prepare several meals in advance. Head over to our healthy recipe page to discover more cuisines to wet your appetite.  

Why We Love This European Food Dish

Pork is packed full of the B vitamin thiamine, more so than other red meats such as lamb and beef. Thiamine helps play a critical role in your metabolism and energy, so ensuring your body receives enough of this vitamin is essential for development. This type of meat also provides you with protein, which means your body is receiving the essential nutrients to help repair and build muscles. It is for this reason pork is a great addition to a healthy balanced diet. 

Ingredients

Perfecting this european food dish is easy, you just need the help of some good, quality ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon (use half)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 300g free-range pork mince
  • 2 large white potato
  • 1 beef stock cube (use half)(Celery)
  • 180g tenderstem broccoli

Cooking Instructions

Deciding on a meal which will satisfy everyone’s hunger is easy with this european recipe. In less than ten steps, you can have a healthy meal on the dinner table. To make this comfort dish, here are the steps you’ll need:

  1. Boil a kettle. Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes. Place in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Simmer for 15 mins.
  2. Finely chop or crush the garlic, then add half to a bowl with the pork, dill and parsley. Season with sea salt and black pepper and combine, then use wet hands to form into 12 balls. Heat a frying pan with 2 tsp oil on a medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs for 8 mins, until golden.
  3. Thinly slice the onion. Trim the broccoli and slice in half lengthways. When the meatballs are golden, remove from the pan and set aside. Add 1 tsp oil to the pan along with the onion and remaining garlic. Cook for 5 mins.
  4. Once the potatoes have been boiling for 15 mins, add the broccoli. Cook together for a further 5 mins.
  5. Crumble the half stock cube into the onion pan and pour in the coconut milk. Simmer gently for 5 mins, until the sauce thickens. Return the meatballs to the pan and stir to coat in the sauce, then place a lid on and simmer for 5 mins, until the pork is cooked through. Stir in the juice from the half lemon.
  6. When ready, drain the veg. Set aside the broccoli and cover to keep warm. Mash the potatoes with sea salt and black pepper.
  7. Serve the meatballs and sauce with the mash and broccoli on the side.

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Beef Hot Pot & Peas

beef hot pot is a european food dish perfect for the springtime

Comforting and warm, a european hot pot is the perfect meal to enjoy during spring as the weather starts to brighten. This meat recipe uses grass-fed British beef, sweet carrots, earthy mushrooms and fragrant rosemary. To add the finishing touches, we top this european dish with a potato crust and serve with peas. Every mouthful is full of warm flavours that the whole family can enjoy.

  • Cook time: 45 mins
  • Allergens: Celery, Sulphites
  • Cuisine: British
  • Key ingredient: Flavourful grass-fed British beef

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 678
  • Protein: 44g
  • Carbs: 70g
  • Fat: 23g

The portion weight of the ingredients we listed, provides suitable portioning for couples or can simply be halved for an individual serving. If you want to share more with family and friends you can double the recipe to provide a healthy meal for all.

Why We Love This European Recipe

Beef is like all meats, it is naturally high in protein. It is vital that our bodies receive sufficient levels of protein to ensure our muscles grow properly as well as supporting muscle mass too. Beef is also rich in iron and vitamins B6 and B12. The importance of these nutrients means that thanks to iron, oxygen is being delivered through your body by your red blood cells. In terms of the B vitamins, they support your daily body functioning by contributing to reducing fatigue and tiredness.

Ingredients

A homemade european recipe full of fragrant flavours is easy to make in the comfort of your home. To create a beautiful spring dish for loved ones, you will need: 

  • 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar (Sulphites)
  • 300g beef mince
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 120g chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 parsnip
  • 2 large white potato
  • 1 handful of fresh rosemary
  • 1 beef stock cube (Celery)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150g peas

Cooking Instructions

There are six simple steps to creating a lovely springtime european hot pot. To treat loved ones to this healthy beef recipe you need to follow these easy instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C / fan 200C / gas mark 7. Boil a kettle. Dissolve the stock cube in a jug with 200ml boiling water. Thinly slice the potatoes. Place in a saucepan and cover with salted boiling water. Boil for 3 mins, then remove and leave to steam dry.
  2. Dice the onion. Finely chop or crush the garlic. Peel the carrot and parsnip, then dice. Finely chop the rosemary leaves. Slice the mushrooms.
  3. Heat a medium pan with 1 tsp oil on a medium-high heat. Cook the mince for 5 mins, until browned. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, parsnip and up to half the rosemary (to taste). Cook for 5 mins, then add the mushrooms and cook for a further 3 mins. Pour in the stock, balsamic and tomato purée. Season with sea salt and black pepper; simmer for 5 mins.
  4. Transfer the mix to an ovenproof dish, then fan the sliced potato around the top. Brush the potatoes with 1 tsp oil and scatter with a little rosemary; season with sea salt and black pepper. Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden and crispy.
  5. When the hot pot is nearly ready, reboil the kettle. Refill the saucepan used earlier with lightly salted boiling water and add the peas. Boil for 1-2 mins, then drain.
  6. Serve the beef hot pot with the peas.

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Lamb Steak with Minted Peas, Potato Galette & Pesto

lamb steaks are a great european dish to serve to friends and family

Our european recipe of British lamb steaks with garden-fresh minted peas is truly a perfect match. To complete the array of flavours, we add a crip potato galette and dizzle the plate with a decadent sauce of shallot, pesto and yoghurt. It’s enough to make your mouth water.

  • Cook time: 30 mins
  • Allergens: Celery, Nuts
  • Cuisine: European
  • Key ingredient: Flavourful pasture-grazed British lamb

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 639
  • Protein: 39g
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Fat: 34g

Satisfy your hunger this summer with our version of lamb steaks. Our european recipe is the perfect portion for couples to enjoy alfresco, or for individuals who like to keep leftovers for the following day. If you are dining with friends and family, you can double the portion to make it suitable for a family of four.

Why We Love This European Food Dish

Lamb is a great source of protein, just like other meats. Protein is vital within the body as it contributes to the healthy well being of your muscles. As well as functioning properly, protein helps to repair muscle damage, meaning you can continue with your daily activities. You can also find high levels of iron in lamb which benefits the body by delivering oxygen through your red blood cells. It is for this reason lamb can contribute to a healthy balanced diet.

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Ingredients

To get started on whipping up this delicious european food for meal times you will need a handful of quality ingredients. The ingredients needed to make this recipe are:

  • 3 garlic clove
  • 1 handful of fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto
  • 2 large white potato
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 beef stock cube (Celery)
  • 1 handful fresh lemon thyme
  • 2 lamb leg steaks
  • 80g almond yoghurt (Nuts)
  • 150g peas

Cooking Instructions

Preparing a dish, which is perfect for warmer weather, is easy thanks to our european food dish of lamb steaks. Here’s what you need to get started on this healthy lamb recipe that everyone can enjoy.

  1. Preheat the oven to 240C / fan 220C / gas mark 8. Boil a kettle. Thinly slice the potatoes and place on a lined baking tray mixed with 1/2 tbsp oil, sea salt and black pepper. Arrange the potatoes into 2 circles by fanning and overlapping the slices. Bake for 30 mins, until golden and crispy. Dissolve the stock cube in a jug with 100ml boiling water.
  2. Heat a medium pan with 1/2 tbsp oil on a medium heat. Season the lamb with sea salt and cook for 5 mins on each side, until golden. Meanwhile, finely chop the shallot and garlic. Pull the thyme leaves from their stalks.
  3. When the lamb is done, transfer to a plate to rest. Return the pan to the heat and add the shallots, garlic and thyme, then cook for 5 mins, until softening. Pour in the stock, simmer for 5 mins, then stir in the yoghurt and pesto. Simmer for a further 5 mins.
  4. Meanwhile, roughly chop the mint. Fill a saucepan with lightly salted boiling water. Add the peas, cook for 1-2 mins, then drain. Toss with the mint; season with sea salt and black pepper. Place the lamb on the potato tray for 5 mins to warm through.
  5. Serve the lamb steaks and pesto sauce with the potato galettes and peas.

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