The Department of Health recommends that all children between the age of six months to five years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day. I am always looking for ways to get vitamins and minerals into Lucas as he doesn’t like any of the liquid multivitamins, even if I mix them into his drinks, he can tell they are in and doesn’t drink them. The chewable vitamins that I think he would take are only available for three year olds so it’s another six months until I can give him those.

One way of ensuring he gets his vitamins is through healthy eating. He is very fussy with his vegetables at the moment, he loved them when weaning! He likes fruit so that is a good source for him. Another way to get those vital vitamins is through meat.

Red meat provides an abundance of important nutrients including zinc, iron, B vitamins, selenium and potassium. Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, says that ‘Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.’

Lucas absolutely loves lasagne so that is an easy way to get red meat into him but I want to encourage him to eat a varied diet, one of my favourite ways to eat red meat is a proper roast lamb dinner (have a look at Faye’s here from Glossytots, it looks scrumptious!). I also really enjoy a roast beef dinner. One of my favourite things to cook last winter in the slow cooker was a fruity beef casserole.

 

Healthy pasta and meatballs #HealthyRedMeat

 

For this challenge I decided to use one of our family favourites, pasta and meatballs. I browned the meatballs in a frying pan before adding a tin of chopped tomatoes, and a tin a ratatouille. I added a fresh courgette that I had in the fridge and some frozen veg too as well as some season all. The great thing about doing meatballs in a tomato sauce is that it goes really well with any veg that needs using up and any concoction of herbs you fancy using. I cooked for about 20 minutes and served with pasta. To make it healthier, you could use wholewheat pasta instead of white. As it is covered in a tomato sauce, even Lucas eats the vegetables in it so it’s definitely one meal to stay.  So simple, quick and budget friendly.

 

#meatballsandpasta #healthyredmeat #meatballsrecipe

 

 

This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel

 

15 Comments

15 Comments on Healthy pasta and meatballs

  1. Sarah Burns
    September 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm (5 months ago)

    this looks tasty – I’m always trying to add veg into things and pasta sauce is always a good one to add veg to

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  2. WhatLauraLoves
    September 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm (5 months ago)

    I’m always on the look out for healthy recipes to make at home! These will be ideal for me xxx

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  3. Kitty
    September 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm (5 months ago)

    Looks so tasty and I love how colourful this is. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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  4. Nayna Kanabar
    September 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm (5 months ago)

    This sounds like a hearty meal that is so versatile , you can alternate the ingredients to suit.

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  5. cottagegardentrio
    September 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm (5 months ago)

    Some great suggestions for getting more vitamins into a toddler. My daughter never took to the liquid vitamins either

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  6. Elodie
    September 18, 2017 at 12:07 am (5 months ago)

    Sounds delicious! I always make something similar with leftovers ratatouille and I feel like all the other French people I know do too. It’s just so yummy!

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  7. jenny
    September 18, 2017 at 10:46 am (5 months ago)

    My children are so fussy but they would love something like this.

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  8. Tanya
    September 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm (5 months ago)

    I was always a nightmare to get to eat vegetables, glad you found a meal he loves. It looks really yummy

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  9. LaaLaa
    September 19, 2017 at 8:05 am (5 months ago)

    I like how this is packed with veg, but also other stuff that children would eat so it encourages fussy children but god do I love me some crunchy boiled carrots with pasta, plus pasta sauce I adore to make.

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  10. Amy
    September 19, 2017 at 11:50 am (5 months ago)

    This sounds absolutely delicious and I know that 1 out of my 3 children would eat. The other 2 would paint the walls with it haha

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  11. Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    September 20, 2017 at 9:55 am (5 months ago)

    A great meal idea with lots of nutrition and wholesome foods. It is important for us to eat healthy, and get the right balance through our foods. This kind of meal is an example of how to do it without any nonsense.

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  12. Elanor
    September 20, 2017 at 10:56 am (5 months ago)

    It’s always difficult to get kids eating healthy, my son often refuses to eat vegetables, but this pasta dish looks great! 🙂

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  13. Olivia Jade (@dungareesdonuts)
    September 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm (5 months ago)

    I love the look of this healthy pasta and meatballs, although I am a veggie it still looks pretty good. I am trying to eat healthier and adding veggies to everything is a must xx

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  14. Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)
    September 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm (5 months ago)

    We love pasta! Pickle is quite a healthy eater, he eats lots of fruit, veg and dairy but is almost vegetarian. Kaz

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  15. hodgepodgedays
    September 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm (5 months ago)

    Meatballs are always a winner aren’t they? We use them a lot. I’m veggie so I use the quorn ones which are fine, but the boys like meatballs of almost any kind – beef, lamb or pork!

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