If your toddler doesn't love eating their green veggies straight up, try serving them in these yummy Whole Grain Mini Meatballs with Kale. I don’t make a habit of hiding vegetables in foods since I want my kids to know what they are eating. But since I can’t yet convince my girl to eat sautéed greens or kale salad, these healthy toddler meatballs are a good alternative to serving up kale chips or green smoothies. We eat a lot of meatballs in our house, so the bar for these toddler meatballs is high—and thankfully the marinara sauce helps the teensy bits of green not to be too alarming!
Whole Grain Mini Kale Meatballs
You can serve these Whole Grain Mini Kale Meatballs over pasta, polenta, and even toast for open-face sandwiches and top with a little melted cheese. If your toddler isn't totally on board with the texture of meat, you can mash a few pieces up in warm marinara sauce to help them take small, more appealing tastes. This is also an excellent way to serve meatballs to babies.
If you need to make these toddler meatballs gluten-free, try using favorite GF breadcrumbs or simply use cornmeal. If you'd like to use grass-fed beef to increase the healthy fats, that is a healthy option and one that will work well here.
Nutrition: These toddler meatballs have fiber and Vitamin C from the kale, protein from the beef, and extra antioxidants from the onion and garlic. The inclusion of oats adds extra fiber and B vitamins. If you serve them in tomato-based sauce, you'll add in more Vitamins A and C too!
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 2-4 kale leaves, stems removed
- 1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 egg
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