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.
- 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.