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Hidden Veggie Meatballs

Veggie Meatballs

My goal in life is to get as many veggies into my kids as I can. I love it when they will eat a delicious roasted vegetable in plain sight. We all love to live the dream, right? Sometimes, it does happen! My youngest actually loves veggies! My oldest not so much, other than sweet potatoes. So, I’ve gotten creative in hiding them in lots of recipes. My boys can see them and know they are there but we all sort of agree to not discuss it.

Here’s my recipe “hack” for getting veggies into your kids with meatballs! This is super easy, and you can rotate the type of meat, veggie and gluten-free grain to come up with new options endlessly.

Hidden Veggie Meatballs


2 pounds ground beef (or turkey, chicken, pork, lamb)

½ cup roasted veggie, finely chopped (I used broccoli here, you can use anything you have)

¼ cup cooked quinoa (rice also works well)

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Salt, pepper and oregano to taste (you can use any herbs you like)

1 tablespoon olive oil


Mix together with your hands until well blended. Use a mini ice cream scoop (thank you Pioneer Woman for this epic tip!) to make your meatballs a consistent size. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Serve with your favorite marinara, ketchup or plain! Enjoy!



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