Hey there Sweet Shoppers! Hope everyone is keeping cool and enjoying the summer! It’s Tronesia here with my first post as a Sugar Babe and hopefully someone can relate to my dilemma. My only child is 4 years old and is an extremely picky eater. Our family has been trying to eat healthier food and try new things for dinner at least once a week. It never fails that every time she refuses to eat over half of her food. She will at least taste it, but I have to make a game out of it. The one thing that she does love “most” days is spaghetti (the girl changes her mind so much..lol!). I did a little searching and found a recipe for Italian Spinach Meatballs for us to try out.
I followed the instructions exactly for the meatballs.
For the pasta sauce, I used the following:
- Del Monte tomato sauce
- Del Monte diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
- Classico sun-dried Tomato Pesto
- Seasonings: oregano, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, onion powder
- 1/2 Onion (not chopped – from the recipe)
Now, I do not really use any specific measurements when added the seasonings or pesto. I taste as I go and it depends on how much spaghetti I plan on cooking. Every now and then I make a big pot of it and freeze individual servings in sandwich bags for quick dinners later in the week. Back to this spaghetti dinner- I did do one thing differently with the meatballs, which was to cook them in the oven. I tried to do them over the stove according to the recipe , but that was just not working out for me. Exactly why I am not a chef ….lol! Some things I just am not good at, so I put the meatballs in the oven until they were nice and brown. For the noodles, I used Ronzoni whole wheat spaghetti pasta and boiled them in water with olive oil and a sprinkle of basil.
And….it was such a wonderful surprise that this was delicious! I am not a big spaghetti fan but this was so good! The Parmesan cheese and the spinach mixture in the meatballs made them good enough to eat by themselves. I will definitely be coming back to this recipe very soon.
Do you have ideas to share about your picky eater? Any successful recipes you have made for your picky eater? Please feel free to link me!