When I create recipes for Little Grazers, I try to come up with ideas that can be enjoyed by the whole family. As I think it is important to enjoy meal times together and encourage healthy eating. You don’t want to have to make separate meals for your little ones, why not eat all the same foods together. Obviously there may be some times when you may make them something different to you, but try to include as many meals together where you all eat the same. This recipe is perfect for that, especially if you have fussy little ones. They won’t notice the vegetables hidden in these and best of all the veg keeps them nice and moist. Some times meatballs can be a little dry.
You can serve them with what ever sides you choose, that is where you can kind of mix it up if you have really fussy little ones. Offer some vegetables, but perhaps serve with some rice or noodles too. Don’t try to force the vegetables on them, if they have an aversion, just keep putting them on offer, who knows eventually they may want to join in and try them too, when they see you regularly eating the healthy stuff. Don’t make meal times stressful, so long as there is something your little one will eat at every meal, it doesn”t matter if they don’t try everything.
Hidden Vegetable Beef Meatballs with Dipping Sauce
- 400 g of ground beef
- ⅓ cup of finely grated carrot
- ⅓ cup of finely grated zucchini/courgette excess moisture squeezed out
- ¼ tsp of paprika
- black pepper to season
- 3 tablespoons of coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons of water
- ½ tablespoon of maple syrup
- 1 tsp of sesame oil
- 1 spring onion finely chopped
- sprinkling of sesame seeds
- avocado oil
- Preheat oven to 200c or 400f (gas mark 6)
- Place the ground beef, zucchini, carrot, paprika and black pepper into a food processor and do a few pulses of the blade until all ingredients come together
- Roll into meatballs (I did mini ones, but you can make them any size of your choosing)
- Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, spray over the top with oil and bake in the oven for approx 25-30 mins until nice and golden.
- For the sauce, whisk the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), water, maple syrup, sesame oil, spring onion and sesame seeds together in a small bowl and serve along side the meatballs.
- Serve with any sides of your choice.
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