Feeding picky kids can be quite a headache. I know it because I have one at home….*sigh*. But no worry, learn to cheat and hide by being creative. Sadly, I am not that creative. I wish I am. My youngest girl, though big now, is still not keen on vegetables. I have learned along the way to hide vegetables in food. I have not learned a lot but have a few that I manage to pull it off each time….*big smiles*.
Food where you can hide quite a lot of vegetables are like dumplings, meatballs, vegetable pancakes and bolognese sauce for spaghetti. These are the usual ones that I make. I had just made some meat balls the other day with lots of vegetables inside. The meatballs are very easy and simple to make and yet very tender, juicy and delicious. You can go with your favourite dipping sauce. We are just happy with the sweet chilli sauce.
Here’s my recipe for the Vegetable and Meat Balls.
500g mince (of your choice)
1 big carrot
1 red onion
1 bunch coriander
1 knob ginger
I love to look at fresh vegetables and fruits. The bright colours are just so refreshing and healthy to look at.
Wash all Ingredients B, peel (except coriander) and chop roughly. Put all into the processor and process till fine. If you don’t have a processor, it’s time to get one. It will definitely add more fun to your cooking when you see how much quicker you can prepare your food.
1T sesame oil
2T red wine
2T sweet chilli sauce
3T light soya sauce
3T corn flour
Put all Ingredients A, processed Ingredients B and Ingredients C into a big mixing bowl and mix it well. I just put all into my big cake mixer and mix up with the K beater like making cake. It mixes fast, well and quick and yet doesn’t dirty my hands.
Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Using 2 spoons, scoop them into the hot oil and pan fry them using medium fire. When it’s browned on one side, turn over and cook the other side until brown. Dish up and serve with your favourite dipping sauce.
I am not very particular about the shape. You can see that my meatballs are not that round. I am more particular about not dirtying my hands…..*grin*. I also like to finish cooking fast. Using 2 spoons help. Just keep scooping into the frying pan. However, a word of caution here. Don’t get burnt by the hot oil, just in case there’s any splatters.
If you are busy, you can make this ahead. After mixing up everything, keep it in the fridge and fry them when you are free. They can be reheated in the oven before serving.
If you have little kids and you want to make it more fun for them to eat, you can skewer them, maybe 2 or 3 pieces per skewer.
You can even make bigger meatballs and make your own burger with it. I will try that next time. I’m sure it will be really good, especially if you make your own bread. Oh dear, this is making me hungry now…….*wink*.
I hope you have a great start to the week. Have fun cooking and baking!
Quote of the day……
“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”
- Leon J. Suenes