Jul11

{Nourish} Mmmmm Meatballs

Meatball-ingredients

I think that every Mama has a ‘hide-the-veges’ meal in her arsenal… something she can pull out when the kiddies have been rejecting anything green so much she’s worried her family is on the brink of a scurvy outbreak.

Yep, you know what I’m talking about.  So when I feel like getting some extra veg into my littlies I make meatballs.  Doesn’t sound very veg-friendly does it?  Ah, yes, well that’s how I have the girls fooled too!  This is one of my favie recipes, not only because of the high-vege content, but also because:

  • It is a cheap meal to make (the recipe I am about to share with you makes 120 mini meatballs, which costs about $30 – less if you grow some of the veges yourself – and will provide my two girls with 15 meals)
  • It is really yummy and something that both Barry and I really enjoy eating too, and I would also be happy to cook this for a dinner party.
  • It’s so easy to make and saves me so much time. I make this recipe once every couple of months and then portion it off into containers, so I have a quick and nutritious go-to meal for the girls when we are super busy or I just can’t be bothered.
A few notes about the recipe (this was my first go at writing a recipe completely from scratch and so I hope it all makes sense!):
  • I have listed in the ingredients the vegetables that I normally have in my fridge, but you can pretty much add any veges that you’ve got on hand.  I often use celery, fennel and capsicum as well.
  • You don’t have to saute the onion and garlic, but I find that when I make it for my girls, it just makes the flavour a little less intense.
  • I have indicated in the recipe to use beef mince, but I often use a combination of beef and pork, and I guess (although I have never tried it) you could use chicken mince too.
  • I’m not sure if anyone out of Australasia can get Tuscan seasoning.  If not, it is basically just a herb/spice mix of rosemary, garlic, pepper, salt, parsley and sugar – very yummy… I add it to all sorts of things, and it is especially good sprinkled on oven-roasted potatoes.
  • I can’t remember where I read it, but I have a great tip for testing the seasoning of any recipe you are making with raw meat. All you need to do is take a very small amount of the meatball mixture (maybe half a teaspoon) and fry it to for a minute or so until it is cooked and then taste it.  You can then adjust the seasoning as need be.
So, below is a picture of the meatballs.  I’m afraid the photography is a bit shoddy: I took the photo last night so the lighting wasn’t great… they look a bit brown and uninspiring.  But, trust me(!), they are really yummy.  You can also see the containers I use to freeze the meatballs.  I use baking paper to separate the portions, so I am able to just take out what is needed for one meal.
Do you have a ‘hide-the-vege’ dish that you like to use?  How about meals that you can prepare and freeze for future use? I am a big fan of preprepared meals!  If so, I’d love for you to share it in the comments section below, or send me an email.  Have a happy sunday lovelies.
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4 Responses to “{Nourish} Mmmmm Meatballs”

  1. July 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm, Ihilani said:

    I love this! I definitely need a go to recipe for sneaking veggies! Can’t wait to try it.

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    • July 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm, Hana said:

      Thanks Ihilani! You’ll have to let me know once you try it! H xo

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  2. July 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm, Victoria said:

    These look so great, and I love the idea of getting some veggies in there!

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  3. July 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm, Hana said:

    Thanks Victoria – us Mamas need to have a few tricks up our sleeves! H xo

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