In our winter issue of Canadian Family, we asked the question: When peas and carrots get pushed around the plate, is it time to hide them in your meals?
One mom we spoke to for the piece was Anne Loucks of Ottawa, who adds grated and puréed veggies to meals to make sure her two kids are getting the servings they need each day. When she told us about her amped-up meatball we knew we had to share it with our readers. Anne did say that the recipe can be tweaked. “Sometimes I just wing it with whatever veggies are in my fridge at the time.”
What you’ll need:
1 In large mixing bowl, place ground beef, beaten egg and crumbs.
2 In blender or food processor, purée/chop all veggies and herbs. Place veggies in a small amount of water—just enough to cover the bottom of a frying pan. Cook veggies until soft.
3 Add veggies to the beef mixture and mix all ingredients together. Form into small balls—about 3 teaspoons of mixture. Cover a cookie tray with foil and bake at 350°F until brown and cooked through, about 15–20 minutes depending on size of meatball.
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