Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Food for your Itty Bitty: Chicken Meatballs

My daughter is now 9 months old and eating pretty much everything. We are not doing citrus because it gives her a little rash around her mouth anytime she eats it. Hopefully that is something she outgrows. This week is the first week I have been cooking for her. (Well, being mindful of what I am making for dinner so she can eat it too.) It is a lot of fun, but also overwhelming, deciding what to cook. For some reason it has gone really well (maybe because it is only Tuesday) and watching her eat the food I have cooked it pretty awesome! These little meatballs are great because they are soft enough for her to eat, yet sturdy enough for her to pick up. She is only letting me feed her a handful of foods lately, so I am trying to make things she can feed herself. The days of the pouches are ending…so sad… but hey, we will find other baby product to buy save lots of money!

I served these little yummy morsels with a roasted sweet potato, green beans, and sourdough bread. The green beans were totally from a can, but we get points back because the sourdough bread was fresh from our local farmers market. 

These can be done ahead if needed, if your life runs in 15 minute increments like mine does, you can split the recipe up in steps. Put chicken in food processor, take unknown object out of baby's mouth, make the balls, free baby's leg from gate, cook the balls, change baby's diaper, eat the balls, pick the balls up off floor, wash balls out of baby's ear, etc. I hope you enjoy!

Throw everything into the food processor. All of it. Do it.

And process away until it looks well blended. If the mixture still looks really wet, add more breadcrumbs. It should start holding together just a bit.

Get a melon baller, not even sure if that is what it is called. How about a small scoop? Make little balls with your hands. And place them into a hot skillet to brown up.

Add some water or chicken broth, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or so. They don't technically look like balls, but Delilah loves them nonetheless ;)

Cut them up into little bite sized pieces for your itty bitty. And enjoy!

Four meatballs later…

Chicken Meatballs

2 Chicken Breasts cut into large pieces(you can use ground chicken if you would like, i think doing it yourself allows for the meat to be super fine, ha super fine)
1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1 Egg
1/8 cup Cheese (shredded blend or parmesan)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
(Feel free to add any other spices to the meatballs, its your show!)

Literally throw all of the ingredients into a food processor.

In medium skillet, turn burner on med high, and put a tablespoon of oil to heat up.

Let skillet get pretty hot, then use melon baller or shape chicken into ping pong size balls, the place in skillet. Let brown, then turn over and brown other side. I usually brown three sides.

The meat is not necessarily cooked at this point. Once everything is browned, put 3/4 cup of water or chicken broth in skillet, scrape up bits from bottom, and cover and put heat to low.

Cook about 15 minutes, or until most of the water is cooked out. Let cool and serve to your itty bitty!

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