Tot Tuesday: Sneaky Meatballs

Look how happy that little girl is. You’d never guess she has a belly full of spinach.

She does though. An entire serving.

Now how in the world did I get an entire serving of spinach in a 19 month old (I say my 19 month old because my 3 1/2 year old doesn’t eat anything anymore *sigh*)?

I was sneaky.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think kids should learn to like and appreciate fruits and veggies in as close to their natural state as possible. Lets face it though, did YOU like spinach as a kid? I sure didn’t.

So what’s a mom with a bag full of spinach to do?

Make chicken meatballs, douse them in spaghetti sauce…and sneak a bit of spinach in there when they aren’t looking!

Mama Heather’s Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2-2 cups fresh spinach (really it depends on how much you think you can get away with)
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella (optional, if I had had Parmesan I definitely would have used parm)
  • salt & pepper (I do not measure salt and pepper ever…unless I am baking, so put as much as you think you’ll like I guess?
  • pasta of your choice (we used spaghetti)
  • spaghetti sauce (jarred or homemade)
Heat up a small amount of olive oil in a pan…just barely enough to glisten the bottom. Add fresh washed spinach and cook until it wilts down. Remove from heat and place in blender (don’t clean pan, place back on low heat). Puree.
Mix ground chicken, eggs, breadcrumbs, and cheese together (by hand works best). Add spinach and mix it into the chicken being careful to make sure it disperses evenly (or else one kid winds up with a green meatball). The meatball mixture will be very sticky…that’s good.
Form the meatballs into golf ball sized balls and put in the preheated pan. Let cook a few minutes on each side. They won’t cook all the way through, and that’s okay. Once meatballs are browned, lower heat a bit and pour sauce over them. Put a lid on them and let them simmer in the sauce.

Now prepare your pasta. By the time your pasta is done, your meatballs should be cooked through.

Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti and watch them devour it!!!

DISCLAIMER: This probably won’t work for 3 1/2 year old boys that refuse to eat meat…just sayin’

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4 thoughts on “Tot Tuesday: Sneaky Meatballs”

  1. Oo! You ARE sneaky! I'm feeling pretty proud of myself today because I snuck sweet potato into my girls' grilled cheese sammies- they gobbled them up and didn't suspect a thing!
    I found you on MBC and am a new follower! I'd love to have you swing by my blog sometime if you like!

  2. heehee, that's awesome! I tried sweet potato in the grilled cheese once and didn't pull it off. That was with my son though. I should try it with my daughter!!
    I just was over at your blog, what an awesome idea!!!
    Be sure to link up in my linky up top!!!

  3. Oh my, I love your post, and I am so glad that you linked it up.

    You sound so much like me! I just snug in 8 cups of vegetables in two days worth of lasagna the other day. I simply put all the veggies including scraps such as broccoli stems (some broccoli tops), eggplant, potato, carrot, cauliflower, spinach, onion and more into the food processor. I chopped it up very tiny and added it to the 2 lbs of meat. My husband, 7-year-old and 14-month-old son ate everything for lunch and dinner two days in a row. (I'm a vegetarian so I had my own version) No one said a word about the vegetables, and they all asked for seconds and thirds.

    Now, ….my four-year-old son is a whole other case…see he doesn't eat either:) I left a bit of the ground beef to make him some meatballs, and I only added a tiny bit of the veggies and they were chopped so tiny that they were almost pureed. He ate them, but he did complain about a piece of eggplant…next time I'll have to puree the vegetables. Did I mention that he ate them? 🙂

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  4. oooh, I need to do that with lasagna! What a perfect idea! I doubt my boy would eat it, but my husband and my daughter (and I) would!!
    I linked up on your blog! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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