Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Dinner anyone???

I think I have admitted in the past that I am not a great one for spending hours in the kitchen, I'd rather be at the sewing machine really.

Recpies that are quick, easy, nutritious and child-friendly suit me to a T.

I'm always on the lookout for recipes that meet this criteria and thought others might also be, so thought I'd share one that works well for us.


A quick and easy recipe that the kids will love, these can be spiced up according to your taste or kept simple and served with sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
A great recipe to make ahead and keep in the freezer for a last minute dinner.

This makes quite large meatballs but use a teaspoon, make them smaller and they are great finger food for at a party.

Makes 16

500g chicken mince
½ cup of breadcrumbs
1 small onion finely chopped
1 medium carrot grated
1 medium zucchini grated
1 egg
1 clove of garlic
1 dessertspoon of basil
Salt and pepper to your taste

To ensure the onion is not crunchy in the finished meatballs cook it either in a pot on the stove or in the microwave.

Combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl and using your hands (for the best result!) mix thoroughly together.

Take dessertspoon sized portions of mixture and roll them into a ball.
If you find your mixture is too moist to keep its shape add a little more breadcrumbs.

Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and place on an oven tray then place the meatballs on top.
This ensures that the fat drips away when they are cooking.

Cook in a moderate oven for 35-40 minutes.

Serve with steamed vegetables and sweet chilli sauce on the side.

Not a very glamourous pic I know but the three-year-olds always ask if there are any more when they are on the menu for dinner.

Got a recipe you want to share - leave a link in the comments and let me know.


thornberry said...

Thanks Karen! I am going quietly (okay, no so quietly) NUTS here trying to get the kids to eat some nutritious food, and I think that would hit the spot. Shall give it a go!

Car said...

Thanks for sharing! I am struggling to get any kind of vegetable into my 2.5 year old at the moment, so recipes like this are good to hear of!

easy recipes said...

I'm going to try it, my kids will love it. Thanks.