This frozen meatball recipe is a kid-pleaser. They are stuffed with hidden nutrition and I can make a ton of them ahead of time and freeze them so they’re ready.
I love freezer meals and bulk cooking! It saves us tons of time and effort at meal times when the kids are here. See how we simplify menu planning.
Meatballs are similar to meatloaf, but I made these in small balls for less hassle and waste. This frozen meatball recipe uses 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. Getting kids to eat nutritious food is super important, but it’s not always easy.
Meatballs for kids
I have included a single batch of freezer meatballs recipe AND a quadruple batch of freezer meatballs recipe so you can make a huge batch and put a bunch in the freezer for the next time. If you are going to make a mess and cook, you might as well really get something done.
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Baked Italian meatball recipe
- 4 lb ground meat
- 2 chopped onion
- 4 eggs
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 c. bread crumbs
- 2 c. quick oats or make your own from old fashioned
- 1 c. grated cheese
- 2 c. tomato sauce
- 4 tsp. thyme
- 4 tsp. parsley
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Ketchup to top
Preheat oven to 425
Grind up oats in your food processor to make quick oats
Dump oats in a bowl
Make bread crumbs in your food processor
Dump crumbs in the bowl
Chop up onion and garlic in your food processor
Dump into bowl with oats and crumbs
Add egg, cheese, tomato sauce, herbs and salt and pepper
Add meat and mix lightly until just mixed
Scoop balls in small muffin scoop and roll lightly to shape
Bake 10-12 minutes
Makes 80 balls or 10 servings (for preschool agers)
Don’t forget to pin for later.