A few months ago I started introducing my son to a wide variety of foods. One being these baby approved beef meatballs. Most meatballs have lots of filler in them. Not these. I use lean ground beef, shredded spinach and minced up match stick carrots combined with a little garlic powder and cooked mashed sweet potatoes! All good nutritious ingredients that my son loves.
I use this small OXO cookie scoop to scoop the meat and make perfectly round bite-size pieces. I place them on a cookie tray and bake them for 12-15 minutes until they are cooked through. Internal temperature reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit. He gobbles these meatballs up. Usually eating 3-4 in one sitting. They freeze well too making this an ideal quick dinner to heat up for baby. I can ideally get 24 mini meatballs from 1 batch. You’ll notice I’m only using 1/3lb. of lean ground beef. I usually use the rest for a dinner for my husband and I.
I took this photo last month of Ryder enjoying the beef meatballs.
And in boy fashion… he then proceeded to show me the beef meatballs mid-chew! He thinks he is funny. By the way if your looking for a highchair I highly recommend the OXO Seedling Highchair (and the roll bib). They are both a lifesaver and so easy to clean!
Ryder is already spoiled and has enjoyed these fresh so often that he normally doesn’t care for the frozen version. He has to be really hungry. I’ve had them both fresh and frozen and I think they are both fine, but somehow this little stinker can tell the difference. I’ve already created a foodie monster. I’m in big trouble. So if you have a baby and a picky eater I would highly suggest giving these meatballs a try. They are packed with veggies and your baby will never know it!
I'm Katie Jasiewicz: home cook, food blogger, and recipe developer. I’ve always had a love for cooking, and more so in the past few years a love for eating! Join me on a culinary adventure where life always tastes good. (more)
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