Monday, February 11, 2013

Veggies meatballs. That's whats for dinner.

Here is another great meal that is packed full of veggies that your kids might love. I have five kids and two were sick so they didn't even try it and one had the meatballs with a drop of BBQ sauce that she said was the perfect touch and the other two ate it just the way I made it. Jerry and I also loved it. Awhile back I saw something like this in a cookbook but tonight it was 5:00pm and I had not even started on dinner and when I thought of that old recipe I was to lazy to even look for the book. I went to the freezer and pulled out some Turkey meat and put it in warm water for a faster thaw out. I went to the store to pick up the little ones med and came home still not really knowing how I would make some meatballs. I opened the fridge and saw carrots, orange bell peppers, broccoli, onions, and garlic. I took all that and adding the amount to my liking. You can add to your liking too. I diced everything so it was super tiny. The carrots I shaved off and than cut super tiny. With the broccoli I only used the green top part b/c it was softer than the stalk and easier to mix in the meat.  I also pulled out some bread crumbs from the pantry and add that with salt, pepper, and an extra seasoning.

I put it all into a bowl and added the now thawed out meat and mixed it together.

I heated up some coconut oil in a big pan with a lid b/c turkey meat does not have a lot of oil and sometimes sticks to the pan and than rolled the mixture into meatball size bites. I let it cook for maybe 10 mins...i didn't really time it so it is a guess on the time.
I did check each meatball to make sure it was cooked fully. Because I knew that there may be a bit of a fuss with the veggies in there I made the side dish super simple. Spaghetti noodles with corn added and topped with Parmesan cheese. I put the noodles in a bowl and topped it with a few meatballs per child. It was very yummy and packed full of veggies. You can add whatever vegetables you have on hand. It is a great way to sneak in a few extra ones that the kids may not love.
This is also great to do with normal spaghetti sauce and just have meatballs and spaghetti.....with a few hidden veggies. Try this tomorrow night, you might be surprised at what you can sneak into your kids diet.