This delicious Baby Meatballs Recipe is the perfect meal to set your little one up for success when it comes to meeting their nutritional needs when starting solids. Plus, it doubles as a quick-fix meal for busy parents too!
In a medium sauté pan, sauté olive oil with chopped mushrooms and. grated carrots over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Transfer to a large bowl and mix with the ground beef, spices, and egg. Mix together until uniformly combined, then add in the oats and mix again.
Spray two large baking sheets, or two 9 x 13-inch casserole pans, with a light olive oil mist. Portion meatball mixture into ½-ounce balls and place on sheet. Repeat until all meatball mixture is used (this should be about42 meatballs give or take based on the ½-ounce portion.)
Place in the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until internal temperature reads 160 degrees F. Remove and let cool before serving.
For beginner eaters following the baby led weaning approach, serve1 to 2 meatballs with a slice of avocado covered in hemp seeds. Consider serving with my Avocado Pesto Sauce for a fun, flavored-filled, nutrient-rich dip.
For beginner eaters following a traditional pureed approach, consider blending the meatball with the Avocado Pesto Sauce and spoon feeding the puree to your child.
For adults and moms who only have one-hand to eat, make it into a. meatball sandwich using the Vegan Coleslaw and Avocado Pesto Sauce as a fun topping.
Please remember If you have questions about starting solid foods, consult a physician or health care provider.
The old-fashioned oats help bind the meatballs, but can easily be swapped with fortified infant cereal or crushed Cheerios too for a vitamin D boost.
While I haven’t tested this without the egg, if your child has an egg allergy, consider making a flax egg to provide a similar result.
Baby Meatballs are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer in an air-tight container. If in the refrigerator, use within 5 days; if in the freezer, use within 3 months.
This Baby Meatballs Recipe is pretty simple so for my exhausted mamas out there, you don’t have to worry about messing this up. The biggest thing to remember is making sure the mushrooms and carrots are finely chopped and grated so they are the appropriate portion sizes in the meatballs.
If you prefer to use a varying binder other than the oats, I suggest using either infant fortified cereal or garbanzo bean flour.
You can make this in a bigger batch, too, and freeze for later so you can just pull out and enjoy!