Vegeta-balls for Baby – the Finger Food That’s Packed With Nutrition!

Posted on Sep 26 2012 - 7:08am by Christine

Their name sums up these little treats perfectly! Vegeta-balls are balls of veggies, held together with egg and breadcrumbs and absolutely ideal for older babies and toddlers.

Vegeta-balls for baby

Whilst they may not be the prettiest food we’ve ever made, these balls sure do pack a punch in terms of flavour AND nutritional value. Suitable from around 10 months onwards, they have a slightly crunchy texture on the outside and a softer one on the inside, making them most suitable for babies who are already managing a little biting and chewing.

Also ideal for baby led weaning, these Vegeta-balls are 100% vegetarian.

We left our ingredients chunky, but you can actually produce Vegeta-balls with a smoother texture by pureeing the ingredients together before rolling!

If you’d like to make a large batch of these ahead of time, then it’s possible to freeze them – but for best results we recommend freezing them BEFORE baking rather than after.

This recipe makes 8 balls, around 1 1/2 inches across.

We hope your baby enjoys them.

To Make Vegeta-balls for Baby You Will Needโ€ฆ

4 oz (1/2 cup) lentils (we used brown but any variety will do)
16 fl oz (2 cups) water or homemade vegetable stock
1/4 onion, chopped (optional, but the onion provides plenty of flavour)
2 heaped tablespoons of finely chopped sweet potato
1/2 celery rib, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped (again, this is optional but gives a lovely flavour)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp tomato puree
3 button mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
1 small egg, lightly beaten
3 tbsp fresh whole wheat bread crumbs (made from around 1 slice of bread)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (omit if baby is vegetarian)

Pick over the lentils to remove any small stones then place in a small saucepan.
Add the water, stir, then bring to the boil.
Reduce the hit and simmer, partially covered, until tender (ours took 30 mins).
Drain.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and add the onion, sweet potato, celery and garlic. Cook until tender and golden (around 5-7 mins).
Stir in the tomato puree, mushrooms and thyme and cook for 5-10 minutes more, until the liquid has all been incorporated.
Add this mixture to the drained lentils and allow to cool to a safe handling temperature.
Preheat the oven to 375 deg F.
When the mixture is cool, add the beaten egg, the cheese and the bread crumbs.
Mix thoroughly, then – using your hands – form into 8 balls.
Place on a greased baking sheet and bake until firm and cooked through (30 to 40 mins).
Cool and serve.

Serving ideas

Vegeta-balls are best served with a dip. Our little ones love them with natural yogurt, but they’re also great with ricotta cheese. Another idea is to serve them with applesauce – when we did this once, we also stirred some chopped raisins into the lentil mixture – yum! If you’re making these for the adults in your household too, try adding a little salt and some cayenne pepper – delicious!

 

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11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Bec Super September 26, 2012 at 7:23 am -

    Yum!

  2. Margaret Rose Bucelli September 26, 2012 at 7:28 am -

    Look awesome yummy….think knowing that no harm was caused by their making, males them also look more yummy to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ruth Pinnell September 26, 2012 at 8:00 am -

    They look pretty tasty to me! And would be a fun appetizer for all ages!

  4. Angela Snow Jarrell September 26, 2012 at 8:11 am -

    Looks yummy! How long do you typically bake them?

  5. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 26, 2012 at 8:16 am -

    Oops – forgot to add that to the instructions – 30 to 40 mins. Off to edit the recipe now!

  6. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 26, 2012 at 8:24 am -

    You’re welcome – and thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Monika Ruehling Ogilvie September 26, 2012 at 9:26 am -

    excited my husband is a vegetarian he will love it

  8. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com September 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm -

    You’re welcome Betty Cannon ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Alyssa Brooke DelGrippo October 5, 2012 at 10:47 am -

    Made these today and my 9 month old son loved them! Thank you for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com October 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm -

    You’re welcome Alyssa Brooke DelGrippo – so glad he enjoyed them ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. sooz7 February 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm -

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I’ve made this several times and it’s always a big hit ย with my little man and husband. We eat them in sandwiches and I also snack on them at work. My little man loves them with hummus. Makes me happy to see him eat it knowing it’s so good for him. Thanks again.

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