Our Mission Week Two – Meatballs

Our Mission to make healthy but low cost food


One week in and we decided to take a look at a family favourite. Everyone will love these little meatballs, especially your weaning babies as it is a great one for them to hold themselves and munch at their own pace.

TIP FOUR: Know your butcher, whether you use a local butcher or a supermarket (such as Morrisons with a butcher counter) you can get to know your butcher. Chat to them, they will be able to advise you on what meats to use, how to get cheaper cuts and most importantly, how to waste less. If you ask, your local butcher will also mince your beef to order so that you only buy what you need and you will know that it is fresh.


Time: 45 minutes

Makes about 20 (Great for freezing.)

Serves: 8 Adults

Cost: £1.13 per serving


1 Aubergine

1/2 bunch of parsley

1000g Mince beef

3 tablespoons of fennel seeds

olive oil

400g of passata

400g tinned tomatoes

75ml of apple juice

4 tablespoon of balsamic or redwine vinegar


Tip the raw minced beef into a large bowl. Chop the parsley finely and add to the meat. Scrunch this together with your hands. Divide the mixture into 20 equal parts. Roll each part into a tightly compacted ball through the fennel seeds to slightly coat them.

Cover with cling film and put into the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to firm.

Meanwhile dice the aubergine and cook in a little oil for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Add the passata, tinned tomatoes, apple juice and vinegar. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Once the meatballs have chilled fry them in a little olive oil, turning them occasionally to brown all over. Once completely browned add to the tomato sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes until it has reduced and is thicker.

Serve the meatballs with spaghetti or why not try Jamie Oliver’s suggestion of something new – Polenta.

You can find Polenta with the pasta in the supermarket. Buy the quick cook variety and boil in its bag following the instructions on the packet. Squeeze out into a bowl and add a knob of butter and about 50g of grated parmesan. A special favourite with my munchkin but remember if your child is under 1 they should have unsalted butter.


For other Baby Led Weaning Recipes visit www.lowflyingbananas.co.uk


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