Food for kids week: Day 3

What would a week of food designed for children be without these, I ask you?

Homemade meatballs and mashed potato.

Quicker than you'd think (but then I was the duffer hand-rolling meatballs for 100 children so maybe I'm unreliable.)

I usually serve them with mashed potato (any excuse, really) but equally excellent with brown rice or steamed greens or whatever your smallies will eat.




1 kg beef mince

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 large onion, grated

2-3 carrots, grated

1 egg, beaten

1 dessertspoon dried herbs

salt and pepper

2 x 400g tins of peeled tomatoes


In a large bowl mix the mince, breadcrumbs, onion, carrot, egg, herbs and seasoning. It's easiest to mix with your hands.

Whizz your tinned tomatoes up to a puree in a food processor. (In fact this recipe is quickest if you grate your onion and carrot in the processor too. I made fresh breadcrumbs from some old bread first, rinsed the machine out and grated the veggies in it, rinsed it out again and whizzed up the tomatoes. 5 mins tops.)

Pour half the tomato puree into a baking pan.

Roll into ping pong sized balls (using wet hands is easiest) and place on top of the puree. Once finished rolling, pour the rest of the puree over the top of the meatballs.

Cook on about 190° for about 45 minutes. (Check they're cooked by cutting one in half and checking for pinkness.)

Do my kids eat them? Usually. Did they eat them tonight? Nup. 

Tilly ate the mashed potato and decided she didn't like the meatballs. 

Henry made a half-hearted attempt but said he didn't like them either.


Luckily Adam loved them because he's going to be eating them for his lunch for the rest of the week.

Cooking for kids. Who would do it. At least these are quick to make. But damn I'm glad I didn't spend the extra 45 minutes making a homemade tomato sauce instead of using the tinned tomatoes!


10 Comments on “Food for kids week: Day 3

Many A Mickle
January 21, 2010 at 12:15 am

Thank you for posting these recipes and I look forward to more as I’m in need of inspiration. I’ll certainly be trying that risotto, it looks easy and scrumptious. My two year old seems to be moving from being happy to eat anything to suddenly having an opinion!

bright and blithe
January 21, 2010 at 12:38 am

Thanks for the recipe!

And thank you for taking the time to comment on yesterday’s post and introduce yourself. It is so nice to meet you.

Hannah's Harvest
January 21, 2010 at 6:34 am

so nice to have met you via blogs. this looks like so much fun, kids week.

January 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

See that looks good. But my son would never eat it. He’s SO picky… but I could always make it for myself 😉

Alex Nolan
January 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

Making this tomorrow – Edward’s two favourite things – meat and mashed potato!!! I always serve meatballs with pasta, but never considered mash. Thank you!!

Any luck with sourcing a QUICK moussaka?!!! I know it’s not your favourite task, or that you have heaps of time to spare…..!

January 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Hello! I saw your apple crumble post and am thinking Friday dessert night…!

January 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Hi Jenny, it’s hard to cook different meals for us & them, right? Exhausting!

January 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Am onto the moussaka trail, I promise! Have never made it myself so am struggling to identify a good one… if anyone else has a tried and true…?

Alex Nolan
January 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

The one I have made in the past (which is delicious) is from Tana Ramsey’s book: Family Kitchen. It is lovely, but did take me about 5 hrs. There is no way dinner can take that long on a regualr basis!! Thank you (and all who view IP) xx

January 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I consider my thunder stolen. In the next week or so I plan to post our meatball dinner recipe. Meatballs are such a good way to hide vegies and they make good eyes on a plate face… when one must resort to dinner theatre… mash potato and grated cheese = hair. x And I say this in the nicest possible way, but it’s so reassuring to hear your kids don’t eat what you cook them. x E


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