It took me a little while to realise that some things were rather tricky to eat when one doesn’t have many teeth. Whilst gums are good for nom-nom-nom-ing at soft fruit and veg, they, quite literally, don’t cut it when it comes to meat. I really wanted souper-baby to taste meat but it was unrealistic to expect her to gnaw her way through a steak and she was still rejecting spoons at this time. These meatballs were the perfect solution as she could eat them with her hands, plus there is the extra nutritional bonus of hidden fruit & veg!
At almost 1 year old (the big day is 7th June!) she still loves these and eats them regularly (I keep some in the freezer ready to defrost on my “uninspired” days). I think they’re really tasty too although for me they desperately need salt – I’ve been known to put some in a wrap or pitta with some salad and humous or mayo (and a lot of seasoning!). Mmmmmmmm…….
Anyway, use this recipe as a starting point and make them your own with herbs, spices etc. Make the mixture into whatever shape you think your baby will cope with best; I tend to do a mixture of balls and sausage shapes. Oh, and using a food processor to do the grating makes these pretty speedy to rustle up too.
500g mince (I use turkey)
3 carrots, grated
1 apple, grated
1 egg, beaten
1/2 a mug of oatmeal (or porridge oats that have been blitzed in the food processor)
Pre-heat the oven to 190 deg C.
Blitz your oats, if you need to, and set aside then grate the carrot and apple (if you’re using a food processor there’s no need to bother with washing it in between).
Put all of the ingredients apart from the oats into a big bowl and mix thoroughly, then add the oats and mix in well.
Shape into whatever shape your heart desires and place on a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Once cooked either serve or allow to cool and refrigerate or freeze.
These make a great meal with a few vegetables on the side or with a pitta, salad and yoghurt.