These turkey meatballs for baby are perfect for babies just starting out with fingers foods. They can be whipped up in no time, thanks to a minimal ingredient list and are easy to freeze, too!
We’re still getting the hang of finger foods over here.
I LOVE the fact that Alex is able to eat some finger foods these days, since it gives me a little more time to eat my own dinner, prep dinner, whatever it may be. But let’s be real…sometimes, the mess that comes with it is worse.
But heyyyy, that’s what this stage is all about right? Constantly cleaning up messes? ; )
Alex tends to have a pretty heavy gag reflex, and he also loves to shovel as much food as possible into his mouth, so for those reasons (combined with the fact that I tend to be a nervous mama bear) I’ve been cautious on the types of finger foods Alex gets. Most of them are soft and easy to mash, such as bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes, and squished peas, to name a few.
While we’re good with fruits and veggies, I still wanted to introduce some protein, which is where these turkey meatballs came into play.
They were incredibly quick to throw together, and the texture is super soft, making them perfect for little ones just starting out (or also, in our case, for those that are still all gums!).
I’ve been offering one meatball for dinner lately, cut up in tiny little pieces (also helping him practice his pincer grasp!). I’d say about 50% of it winds up in his bib, maybe 20% on the floor, and the rest in his mouth on the first try.
We’re getting there. ; )
So if you’re in need of something new/different to offer your babe, give these a shot!
Easy Turkey Meatballs for Baby
Yields Approx 20 meatballs
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1lb organic ground turkey
- 1 medium sweet potato, cooked and mashed
- 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal*
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients together, form into approx 20 meatballs.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden and internal temperature reads 165 degrees F. Allow to cool and enjoy!
*This is baby oatmeal cereal. If you don't have any, you could also try pulsing regular oats to form the same texture.
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