Real Food Meatballs

Making kid food from real food ingredients gives them the most health and nutrition possible. I’ve been working on a new menu for the kids this fall, and these meatballs are a new item we are going to put on it. We made a tester version of them and the kids LOVED them! If you want to see how to simplify menu planning, click here

homemade meatballs

Kids love foods they can hold like meatballs. 

Meatballs are similar to meatloaf, but i made these in small balls for less hassle and waste. These meatballs are two per serving for a 3-4 year old. They are easy to divide, easy to serve seconds and all the kids gobbled them up. 


delicious homemade meatball

I love feeding my kids foods I know are nutritious AND well liked.

Click here to see our new empanada recipe and watch the blog for our new hot pocket recipe coming soon. All of these items have been well loved here at Little Sprouts. I have included the recipe for a single batch of meatballs AND the recipe for a quadruple batch so you can make a huge batch and put a bunch in the freezer for the next time like I do. If you are going to make a mess and cook, you might as well really get something done. 

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If you want to read more about how to get picky kids to eat healthy foods, click here.

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Real Food Meatballs
Kid Friendly meatballs (tiny meatloaves) made with real food ingredients.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb meat
  2. ½ chopped onion
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. ¼ c. bread crumbs
  6. ½ c. quick oats (or make your own from old fashioned)
  7. ¼ c. grated cheese
  8. ½ c. tomato sauce
  9. 1 tsp. thyme
  10. 1 tsp. parsley
  11. ½ tsp. salt
  12. ¼ tsp. pepper
  13. Ketchup for the top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Grind up oats in your food processor to make quick oats
  3. Dump oats in a bowl
  4. Make bread crumbs in your food processor
  5. Dump crumbs in the bowl
  6. Chop up onion and garlic in your food processor
  7. Dump into bowl with oats and crumbs
  8. Add egg, cheese, tomato sauce, herbs and salt and pepper
  9. Mix well
  10. Add meat and mix lightly until just mixed
  11. Scoop balls in small muffin scoop and roll lightly to shape
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes
  13. Makes 20 balls or 10 servings (for preschool agers)
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Real Food Meatballs x 4
Multi batch of kid friendly meatballs made from real food.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 lb ground meat
  2. 2 chopped onion
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 4 cloves garlic
  5. 1 c. bread crumbs
  6. 2 c. quick oats (or make your own from old fashioned)
  7. 1 c. grated cheese
  8. 2 c. tomato sauce
  9. 4 tsp. thyme
  10. 4 tsp. parsley
  11. 2 tsp. salt
  12. 1 tsp. pepper
  13. Ketchup to top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Grind up oats in your food processor to make quick oats
  3. Dump oats in a bowl
  4. Make bread crumbs in your food processor
  5. Dump crumbs in the bowl
  6. Chop up onion and garlic in your food processor
  7. Dump into bowl with oats and crumbs
  8. Add egg, cheese, tomato sauce, herbs and salt and pepper
  9. Mix well
  10. Add meat and mix lightly until just mixed
  11. Scoop balls in small muffin scoop and roll lightly to shape
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes
  13. Makes 80 balls or 10 servings (for preschool agers)
Little Sprouts Learning http://littlesproutslearning.co/

8 comments

  1. These look sooo yummy! Can not wait to try them!

  2. I love meatballs for kids – they’re so versatile! They’re great in a lunchbox with a little mango chutney, yogurt dip, or put into pitta pockets with salad.

  3. Yavonna B says:

    Love it that you give us the RECIPE and not just say how to do it or that we should do it! 🙂 Thank You

  4. I never liked making meatballs because they are so hard to fry up right in a fry pan. The oven is the best trick. I have one other – and that is actually throwing them into a pan of spaghetti sauce and cooking them with the sauce. SUPER EASY too!

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