Hide your veggies – Pasta & meatballs with hidden veggies!

 Recipe Courtesy of Erika from Shine On

www.erika-shineon.blogspot.co.uk

Pasta and Mini Meatballs with hidden veggies

Filling your child’s stomach with green goodness may require you to get creative.
A bowl of zucchini may not seem fun but add them to the food that they already love and trust me, they will eat them.

My girls love pasta. So I try to combine what they love with what they are not so crazy about, like veggies. Emma my oldest is not a fussy eater…while baby Hannah…oh my…she feeds herself…she will spit zucchini or any other veggie out of her mouth like its poison! It’s a challenge feeding her.

So if you got that problem with your little one here is one recipe that worked for my Hannah.

I will post more healthy baby (toddler) recipes on my blog, so stay close and check it out! :)

Make these mini meatballs small enough for your baby to pick up and eat as a finger food. You can use other meats such as chicken, beef or lamb. Chose pasta shapes that are small, fun and easy for toddlers to eat!

 

What you will need:

(makes 12-15 meatballs)

70 g minced turkey

half of a small onion- finely chopped

1 small carrot- grated

half of a medium size zucchini-grated

half of tsp grated garlic

1 free range egg

1 tsp olive oil

salt and paper to taste

dried pasta

For the tomato sauce:

1tsp olive oil

tomato juice

oregano

basil

1 small clove of garlic-grated

I don’t measure my spices I just add them to taste…just add little by little.

 

To make the meatballs, put the mince, onion, garlic, all the grated veggies, egg, oil and spices into a bowl and mix them well using a hand blender…or your very own hands! :) Make sure they are clean!

Divide and shape the mixture into even bite-sized balls.

Line a baking sheet with parchment (baking) paper place the meat balls on to the baking sheet and bake them for 20 min at 160C.

 

For the sauce:

Put the olive oil in a small saucepan and stir in the grated garlic for about 1-2 min then add the tomato juice and spices and cook for about 5min.

Cook the pasta in a separate sauce pan according to the packet instructions. Drain. Serve the pasta topped with the meatballs and sauce.

 

Here is the result!

 

My name is Erika, I am 26 years old,a follower of Christ, a wife, and a mother to two beautiful little girls: a 3 year old and a 18 month old, Romanian living in UK.

I blog over at Shine On,come by and say Hi!

I love to share our life and fun projects, yummy recipes(approved by my kids)and crafts!

My girls inspire me to create beautiful headbands, first for them to wear and I sell my designs as well on my etsy shop Shine On Creations.

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