Hide your veggies – Pasta & meatballs with hidden veggies!

 Recipe Courtesy of Erika from Shine On


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



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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