I found this recipe in The Healthy Baby Meal Planner and it looked like fun! These healthy and delicious balls would work well for a variety of ages. They make a great meal for your baby, and healthy snack for any older children.
- 2 teaspoons light olive oil, and extra for frying
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
- 2 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks
- 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme or sage
- 1 chicken bouillon cube, crumbled (from 1 year)
- 1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs, may substitute 1 cup of oatmeal
- salt and freshly ground pepper (from 1 year)
- all purpose flour for coating
- Cook chicken chunks in skillet on medium high heat until cooked all the way through.
- Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a pan and sauté half of the onions
- Peel and grate the apple, squeeze out excess juice with your hand
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor, and pulse until well mixed
- The mixture should be nice and pasty and stick together fairly well. Roll into golf sized balls.
- Fill pan with light layer of olive oil and bring to medium-high heat.
- Lightly coat balls in flour, and pan fry for approximately 5 minutes.
- Finished product!
Yield: Between 20 and 25 balls.
Timing: If omitting the above mentioned spices, this could be given as early as 9 months. 12 months if using all the spices. The apple and chicken balls are very soft, and can be easily mashed in your babies teeth.
Misc: Whenever making any type of meatball or loaf that calls for breadcrumbs, I usually substitute it for oatmeal. It tastes just as good, and it’s a little healthier!
Storage: I have saved half of the apple and chicken balls for the freezer (before coating with flour), where I will keep them up to one month in air tight Tupperware. The balls that I have already cooked up will stay in the fridge for one week.
Difficulty: I give this a 2 out of 5! There were a lot of little side steps before you get to the final mixture, but they were easy… even for me.
Epicutie Rating: Not so sure I like it… yet! Little Frances is coming off getting her first set of molars which has made for much pickier eating that usual. However, I was encouraged by the several bites that she took, and I will try this again tomorrow.