MINI'S MEATBALLS AND SPAGHETTI
We love learning. We love food. And we love collecting the Woolworths Collectibles flip cards. Encouraging our little World Explorers to learn about the world. And inspiring us to get our cook on. International style. Today we learnt all about Italy. And tonight. Spaghetti and Meatballs. Healthy. Budget friendly. And great for the little ones to help make. Full of fun. Totally yum.
Now one of our little ladies favourites. Totally messy. And probably not great to feed them in white tees. But meh. They love it. And for those non-veggie-eating-babes. Perfect to sneak in extra veggies without them knowing. Winning.
MINI’S HIDDEN VEGGIES MEAT BALLS N’ SPAGHETTI
500g beef mince
2 slices bread, turned into Breadcrumbs (we use wholegrain bread)
1 tablespoon of Tomato Sauce (we use homemade)
1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
1 Egg slightly beaten
1 tablespoon of Oil (we use coconut but olive is fine)
2 cups (500g) Tomato Passata (we use homemade) OR 2 x 400g tins diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of fresh Basil finely chopped
1 Carrot grated
1 Zucchini grated
Get your toddler with clean hands, to mix-squish-squash the mince, breadcrumbs, sauces and egg thoroughly in a large bowl. It might be messy. But they love to do it. And I can not handle touching raw meat. Or cooked meat. Ew.
When they aren't looking. Sneak in the carrot and zucchini .
Then let them shape the meat mixture into small golf ball-sized meatballs. Which as a toddler could mean any shape. Any size. Squished together is close enough.
Now Mama needs to take over. Do your thing with your pan prep. Oil it up. Olive. Coconut. Whatever floats your boat. And greases your pan. Get that pan nice and hot then add in the squishy-odd-shaped meatballs. Turn those bad boys so they brown. Not burn.
Still Mama. Turn down the head. Pop in the tomatoes and basil. Mmmm. Make sure you turn the balls so they are covered in saucey goodness.
Let them cook on the low heat until the cook through. Which is normally a good 20 minutes.
Or at least one-an-a-half episodes of Pep da’ Pig. Oh. And probably a good idea to turn them occasionally. If you can tear yourself away from Pep da’ Pig.
Add a little ‘ghetti and extra sauce for those extra hungry kiddies.
Cool them down. Eat them up.
We use homemade Tomato Sauce and Passata. We are a Thermomix house. So we find it easy to do when our tomato crop is crankin’. Holler if you would like our Tomatoey Goodness Recipes.