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Meatballs with Smuggled Goodness

veggie meatballs

by One Handed Cooks

All your kids will see when you present this meal is a bunch of delicious veggie meatballs for them to try. What they won’t know is that they are full of nutritious goodness with added chia seeds, quinoa, and veggies. You can melt some cheese on top or serve them with spaghetti and a simple tomato and herb sauce.

Veggie meatball ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 500g lamb or beef mince
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes1 egg (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp no added salt tomato paste
  • Grated cheese to top


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a tray with foil. Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a small frypan over medium. Add the onion and fry gently for around 3 minutes or until soft. Add the maple syrup and sauté for a further 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Step 2: Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl mix well with your hands. If the mixture is too wet, add some more breadcrumbs or quinoa flakes.

Step 3: Roll tbsp size meatballs and place on the baking tray.

Step 4: Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until cooked through and sizzling. Add grated cheese and melt over the top.

Main meal inspiration

Allie from OneHandedCooks is a full time mum and knows what it is like to never have two hands free at any one time. Her website is full of easy to make, delicious recipes which still allow you enough time to wipe a nose, give a cuddle or feed a hungry child. She welcomes comments and your recipes so please feel free to email her, or find her on facebook and twitter. To see all of the OneHandedCooks recipes, click here.

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