Here is another fantastic versatile veggie / meatballs recipe for kids 8 months and up.
I like making veggie balls or meat balls as I find it to be an excellent finger food option. You can do a lot of fun presentations with it, making food more exciting for kids. Plus once the balls are done, I can store them in the freezer or toss them in Pasta sauce or curries or use as appetizers.
Here’s a Vegetarian Meatball recipe I make for Simone and us:
Ingredients (makes about 20-25 small balls):
2 sweet potatoes
3 small Broccoli Florets
3 tablespoon Shredded Cheese (I used Mozzarella but use any type that you want)
1) Steam the sweet potatoes and broccoli for about 10 mins
2) Mash both of them together and add the cheese.
3) Use your hand to form small round balls from the mixture.
4) Put the balls in the toaster oven to broil for 10 minutes or bake them for 15 minutes at 375F . Broiling makes them go a little brown.
I didn’t add any eggs or breadcrumbs as a binder to this recipe. Not having a binder keeps these balls soft so that infants can eat these balls.
I didn’t add any spices to this balls as the natural sweetness of Sweet Potato makes this recipe very yummy! This is a great recipe to have your kid eat Broccoli, a super food according to the ANDI score. Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse, it is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and folic acid (doctors prescribe folic acid to prevent birth defects). If you make these balls as an appetizer for an adult party, I would jazz it up with different dipping sauce and add breadcrumbs to make them more solid.
The verdict: Simone loved loved these vegetarian meat balls. She said, “I love these mommy” and went on to eat about 8 balls during lunch.
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