Gobble-Gobble Turkey Meatballs for Baby
Meatballs make a yummy meal for babies that can pick up food, a milestone that comes between 7-11 months. Your baby may be ready to try some easy finger foods like this or pick-me-up cereals if he reaches for food, transfers items from one hand to another, moves his jaw in a chewing motion, and/or picks up items and puts them in his mouth.
If your baby is ready to try self-feeding, these meatballs contain no eggs and are steamed so they’ll be tender enough that even babies with no teeth can enjoy them. I called them gobble-gobble meatballs because they’re made from iron-rich turkey and your baby will gobble them up!!
To make meatballs for baby, you’ll need:
– 1/4 lb of lean turkey meat (can substitute pork, chicken, or lean beef)
– 1/2 c plain breadcrumbs
– 1/4 teaspoon oregano (optional)
– pinch of garlic powder (optional)
– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
– 2 sticks of celery (preferably organic)
– 4-5 baby carrots or 1 normal size carrot (preferably organic)
Super Secret Weapon of Flavor:
The hand grater
Grating = GREAT way to sneak extra veggies and fruits into your baby’s homemade foods. You can get extra vegetables into just about anything and even the pickiest little eaters won’t be able to tell! Here, I’m using the grater to sneak in carrots and celery, giving the meatball extra moisture, flavor, and nutritional value.
1. Grate the celery and carrots.
2. Mix with remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Roll into small meatballs (about 1 Tablespoon portion) each. If the meat isn’t sticking together, add a bit more breadcrumbs.
4. Drop meatballs into a large pan with 1/4 inch of water.
5. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Cover with lid.
6. Hold lid in place and shake the pan gently to turn the meatballs so they don’t get stuck to the bottom of the pan. Let steam for 4-6 minutes until cooked through.
To freeze: Pat dry and lay flat on a pan in the freezer. Once frozen, you can transfer them into plastic zip-lock bags and keep for up to 3 months. To reheat, just pop them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or use the steam function on your baby food processor.
Like this recipe? You might also like: baby fried rice, love-muffins, sneaky eggs, or pick me up cereals.