My name is Beauty… and I’m a feeder

Fresh herbs and pomegranate salad

I have very little ability to control portion sizes when cooking so I have come to embrace making meals for 8 rather than just the 2 of us (good job the freezer is big). I think this is a trait I got from my wonderful mother bear. Gracey bobbles is a feeder and I learnt from the best. When we were growing up there was always a home cooked meal ready to go with extras just in case someone stopped by. Growing up we were very lucky because our house was always filled with family, friends, love and laughter.

As the weather gets warmer I’ve been looking for some lighter lunch ideas and I love the idea of using fresh herbs rather than traditional salad leaves and discovered the combination of parsley, coriander and mint when I was looking at some Moroccan recipes. The three herbs each have a very distinct and robust flavour and together they work wonderfully. 

When you mention lunch, healthy or summery who automatically thinks salad? You’re not alone, I did exactly the same thing, I poached some chicken to give it a softer texture (nothing worse than dry chicken), finely sliced my fresh herbs, whacked it in with some bulgar wheat and pomegranate for colour and then seasoned. I won’t lie, it was good. Very good. So good in fact I froze the leftover salad mixture and that was my back up lunch option. Let’s face it, we all have those days! When I pulled it out of the freezer the herbs had lost their vibrant colour so I added spinach, fresh tomatoes and had it with a grilled chicken thigh. 

Then I got to thinking, it can’t all be about salad… I’m not going to spend the next lot of summery days eating the same thing, how boring! So I backed right up. Originally I was looking for Moroccan inspiration so I went back to the drawing board. Whenever I think Moroccan I think lamb, slow cooking, spices and tagines, I decided to try and combine some of those ideas and make some meatballs. Using lamb mince, chillies, my herb trio and toasted spices, I slow cooked the meatballs in the oven, low and slow, just covered with some roughly chopped tomatoes.

Obviously there was another portion control issue here, seriously though, I defy you to make meatballs for just 2 people! I have owned up to the fact I am a feeder so after doling out 2 mega portions, I now also have at least 3 more portions of meatballs in the freezer.

I served these with giant cous cous, some more herbs running through it, crème fraiche and sprinkled over some pomegranate. If you’re not a cous cous lover you could use rice or serve it in a wrap or flat bread. It was easy to prepare and cook and I now have 3 different lunch ideas born from a little bit of research.

Check out the recipes and let me know what you think : )

Published by Bea's Bites Online

Hi! I'm Bea, as well as being new to the world of blogging I have been a food teacher in secondary schools for four years. I live just outside Manchester and all its foodie offerings. I'll be posting all about travel, food I enjoy, whether it's at a restaurant, a recipe I've trialled or something I have knocked up myself. I will also add a few drinks here and there because let's face it, it's got to be done! I am lucky enough to have grown up with a variety of influences, my mum is from Zimbabwe, my dad is from Ghana and I grew up in a village in the North West, so food has always been a blend and balance of cultures for me. From being little, food has played a large part in our family, whether it be for celebrations, commiserations or comfort. I began helping out in the kitchen from a young age and was fortunate enough to be given the reins on occasion from about the age of 11. I love being in the kitchen and having the opportunity to create something to make others smile. Whether it be an autumnal main or a gooey dessert :) I have 3 bottomless pits I call brothers as well as a fiance and they are more than happy to try what I make and be extremely blunt so I welcome all comments : ) I am a total believer in happy eating. Food should put a smile on your face no matter if it is a weekday after work dinner or a special occasion. I love following recipes and do think it is sometimes a necessity but I also think that food should be personal and geared towards what you like and I hope this comes across in my blog. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, let me know if you stop by, it will definitely put a smile on my face! Please don't hesitate to get in touch, my email is: If you have any posts you'd like to see then please feel free to Email me, DM me on Instagram, Facebook or Tweet me and I'll do my best : ) I hope I'll get a chance to chat to you. Bea x

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