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Kid-Friendly Meatballs (with hidden veggies)

by Shannon Meyerkort (follow)
Senior writer for WeekendNotes and Perth Mums Group. Founder of fundraisingmums.com.au
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Every family has their meal time battles. Some kids won’t eat meat. Some kids won’t eat vegetables. Some kids won’t eat anything unless it is doused in tomato sauce.

Once they are covered in tomato soup, no one can see the hidden vegetables
What hidden veggie

This recipe is for those of you looking to hide some vegetables. I grew up eating these meatballs, they are quite sweet and simple which is always a winner with kids.

The recipe is flexible – you can choose your own preferred mince and your own favourite hidden veggies. I have made suggestions, but ultimately, you know what works best for your family.

You can also make them ahead of time, and they taste great the next day in a toasted sandwich or roll.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Sweet (vaguely healthy) tomato soup hides all traces of the hidden vegetables
The secret ingredient

500g mince (beef, chicken or veal and pork)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon garlic or 1 finely chopped garlic clove
½ to 1 cup of breadcrumbs (fresh, packaged, whatever you have)
A splash of Worcestershire sauce
A good long slug of tomato sauce (at least 2 tablespoons)
¾ to 1 cup of hidden vegetables (try grated carrot, grated zucchini, mashed pumpkin, mashed sweet potato, finely diced capsicum)
1 tin of tomato soup


Beef mince, a fresh egg and some garlic, you should have everything in the fridge

Add the egg, garlic, vegetables and sauces to the mince and mix well. Add enough breadcrumbs that the mix is moist but no longer wet. For example you will need more breadcrumbs for mashed pumpkin than grated carrot.

The secret hidden veggies
The secret hidden vegetables

Roll into small balls and if you have time, place covered in the fridge to firm up.

What hidden veggies?
Don't let the kids see them at this stage

Heat some oil in a large frypan. Place the balls in the pan and brown well on all sides, using two forks to roll them around. These are quite soft meatballs and will fall apart if you are too rough with them.

Brown the meatballs then quickly hide the evidence with the soup
Quick, hide the veggies with a can of soup

When they are brown, tip in the can of tomato soup. Use a spoon to ensure they are all covered, then place a lid on and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Serve with pasta and a salad (if you think the kids will eat it).

Notice all the meatballs are gone! She didn't eat the pasta though
The verdict - all the meatballs were eaten

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