One of my biggest, daily, struggles is trying to get my kids to eat their veggies. Over time, I have realised there is more than one way to nourish a body, and have come up with different ways to get good food into my kids bellies.
How I Get My Kids To Eat Vegetables
Charlie used to be really put off by the sight of green vegetables, and just flat out refused to eat them. He also wouldn’t eat any meat dish if he could see the flecks of carrots or zucchini I ground up in it.
So I learned through trial and error, that mushroom blends really well into meat, and zucchini and carrot can be easily hidden in tomato sauce.
I also found that if I add too many veggies to a dish, it can end up being watery and tasteless.
My trick is to balance the veggies out with Umami rich foods like bacon, bone broth, and tomato paste. It gives the dish a deep, tasty, luxurious finish and hides the taste of veggies and the liver.
Nourishing Whole30 Liver Recipe
Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat, but the reason I try to add it to as many of my kids meals as I can is because, it is a good source of Choline. Choline is really important for brain development and nerve function, crucial for growing children.
Eggs are an awesome source of Choline, but Max has an egg allergy, so we eat liver instead. Beef liver is the most nutrient dense, but since Leo’s doctor said he may have a beef allergy, we use chicken liver. Chicken liver is also a lot easier to hide in food, it doesn’t have that strong metallic taste that beef liver does.
Paleo Budget Friendly Family Meal
My kids love this dish, and come back for seconds. We eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner on its own, or on a bed of spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.
In the beginning my kids wouldn’t touch the zucchini noodles, but over time their taste buds have adjusted to eating vegetables, and to my surprise and delight tonight they actually eat a few bites of them now with their meatballs!
I know it’s only baby steps, but they are in the right direction, so I am grateful.
I love this dish because it is easy to make, tasty, budget friendly, freezes well, tastes even better the next day and everyone in my family will happily eat it.
Paleo Baked Meatballs
Nourishing, easy, budget friendly dish my whole family enjoys.
- 1 tablespoon good quality fat lard, bacon grease etc
- 250 grams bacon roughly chopped
- 250 grams chicken livers drained well
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
- 500 grams mince Well drained. Beef works well but I like to use a mix of lamb and pork mince
- 1 tablespoon gelatin
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground tumeric
- salt to taste
- 2 carrots roughly chopped
- 1 large (or two small) zucchini roughly chopped
- 400 grams fresh tomatoes roughly chopped
- 250 ml bone broth
- 140 grams tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon oregano finely chopped
- salt to taste
Preheat oven to 200 degrees, 180 fan forced and grease a 30 x 22 cm oven proof dish with the fat.
Add the bacon, mushrooms and rosemary to a food processor and combine until a paste has formed. Scrape down the bowl.
Add in the chicken liver and puree until smooth. Scrape down the bowl.
Add in the mince, gelatin, salt and spices and mix until well combined.
Form the mixture into large meatballs and place them evenly, in rows in the prepared baking dish.
Add the carrots to the food processor and pulverise them. Scrape down the bowl.
Add in the zucchini and pulverise it. Scrape down the bowl.
Add in the tomatoes and puree until fine.
Add in the bone broth, tomato paste, oregano & salt and puree until fine.
Pour the sauce evenly over the Meatballs before smoothing with a spoon or spatula.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes - an hour, depending in the size of the meatballs. The bigger the meatballs are the longer they take to cook.
I like to serve mine with a sprinkling of Nutritional Yeast Flakes because they taste like cheese.
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