Mini Meatballs
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Mini Meatballs

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Great to have on hand for you toddler or older baby. These meatballs can be made, fried and frozen, then defrosted and reheated to serve as a meal when needed. Alternatively they can be served cold as a snack food.
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 15 mins Cook: 15 mins
Serves approx 8 serves Serves approx 8 serves
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  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • 500g lean Quality Mark beef or lamb mince
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Take one to two slices of bread and pop in a food processor to yield one cup of soft bread crumbs. Alternatively, if you don’t have a food processor, cut off the crusts and wet the bread briefly under a spray of water and place in the mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the bread with the next six ingredients in a large bowl until all well-combined. This is done best with clean hands or a potato masher.
  3. Roll into approximately 24 small balls, toss lightly in plain flour. TIP: use wet hands for this step.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and cook meatballs for approximately 10-15 minutes until they are no longer pink inside.
  5. Serve with chopped cooked vegetables, kumara (or pasta) and fruit, Alternatively serve cold as a snack food.
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 101g*
Energy kJ (kcal) 609 (145)
Protein (g) 15.7
Fat (g) 4.8
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 9.1
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 118
Iron (mg) 1.8
Zinc (mg) 2.9
Vitamin B12 (ug) 0.6
Selenium (ug) 2.6
*Serving size will vary depending on your older baby or toddler's age and appetite. Each child is unique and some days they will eat more than other days. 
This nutritional analysis is only based on 3 meatballs. It does not include accompanying food such as vegetables, kumara or pasta and fruit.  
  • Maximise iron absorption by serving the meatballs with green vegetables such as broccoli or cooked silverbeet and vegetables or fruit high in vitamin C, such as sweet capsicum and mandarins. We also serve with toasted kumara slices.
  • These tasty meatballs are ideal 'dipping' foods, so serve with tomato sauce, hummus or nutritious avocado on the side.
  • KIDS LOVE MINCE: For children aged 1-13 years, a 100g serving of lean beef or lamb mince provides up to 20% of the average recommended daily intake of iron.

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