Look at me go! Swimming lesson, check! Nutritous food made for my baby, check! Healthy homemade stock made, check! Excess baby stuff sold on Facebook, check! Swimmers washed before they grew mould, check! Pew pew pew!! Some days are easier to get stuff done. Hurray for today! (Just ignore the pile of dishes, the unpacked boxes or the trail of Possum destruction).
I’m wondering if it made up for my list of kitchen fails the past few days. I managed to grate my thumb into a middle eastern carrot salad which then turned out to taste like soap and smell like insect repellent (orange blossom water should carry a warning label). I also managed to pick a huge pile of kale from the garden to make kale chips for a guest, only to burn them all to a crisp. Then I also managed to make lentils and rice that smelt overwhelmingly like pee.
Making food for your whole family can be tricky. I always seem to find awesome recipes but then they either take too long, need obscure ingredients or have stuff in it that isn’t safe for babies such as honey. Plus I’m always a bit dubious about “kid friendly recipes”. They always seem to either leave out flavour all together or just be made up of bread, cheese or eggs. But I managed to find something that looked like I would eat it and it was a “baby” recipe, Beef Apple and Quinoa Balls. Awesome. Found some pork mince in the freezer, already had quinoa, just needed to buy an apple. The recipe calls for a couple of spices and some fresh herbs which made me hopeful these would be tasty little treats that my little one would enjoy (she likes things with flavour, funnily enough).
Pork Apple and Quinoa Balls
I was feeling organised today which meant I had these made up and had them in the oven before Possum woke up from her 30 minutes nap this afternoon. Managed to cook the quinoa while we were having lunch so it was cool and ready to go by the time I needed it. Can I just say though, coriander has a magical ability to work it’s way out of every little meatball I tried to roll. Cheeky, very cheeky. I am very grateful for the “cook time” setting on the oven as opposed to just using a timer. I got stuck with a sleeping Possum on my lap when I fed her after her nap, leaving me stuck in the rocking chair for an hour, listening to the beep of the alarm, knowing that the oven had turned itself off. Thank goodness!
I also managed to make chicken stock today! Was surprisingly easy and I could just leave it to bubble away for a couple of hours while I got on with other things. The nice thing about home made stock is it is salt free. An important point when cooking for bubs, but also just good for everyone’s health anyway. Cheap to make too. 1kg of chicken wings has made me 3-4 litres of stock using vegetables I already had in the fridge (carrot, celery and onion). Here is the recipe I used.
Knowing how productive I felt today, I’m preparing myself for a day or unexpected happenings tomorrow… what will happen to stop us getting to musical playgroup…
Homemade Chicken Stock
Beef Apple and Quinoa Balls
Affordability : EXCELLENT. Use whatever mince you’d like. I opted for some free range pork mince (500g) that I picked up on clearance for $3 at the supermarket. I already had a big bag of quinoa and the recipe uses lots of pantry staples. The recipe made around 30 small – medium balls.
Time Factor : MODERATE. You need to make the quinoa which takes around 20 minutes. Thankfully only takes a few minutes to mix together with your hands and make into balls. Then 30 minutes in the oven.
Complexity : LOW. The great thing about meatball recipes is how straightforward they are. And you can add or omit whatever you fancy. I once made really yummy lamb meat balls with dried apricot and kale in them.
Deliciousness : MODERATE. Not our favourite in the curry flavours so far but tasty none the less. Lego Man said it tasted the opposite of acidic. They certainly were tasty and easy to eat but didn’t make me go wow. They did make Possum pretty happy though. She devoured two medium sized meatballs at dinner along with roasted sweet potato “chips”, tomato, cucumber, grapes and blueberries.
Mess : LOW. One bowl and two roasting trays. Just be prepared for sticky hands. Personally I love hand mixing stuff like this. I reckon you can taste the love.
Tummy Filling Factor : MODERATE – EXCELLENT. Depends who you’re talking about. They were great to snack on at 5pm while Possum ate her dinner, and it’s great to be eating the same thing as each other. Possum was certainly full and chose the meatballs over nearly everything else on her tray. The few grapes were gone before the meatball even made it to her tray!
Possum Friendly? YES. Very happy with how much she enjoyed these. They have been put away in 3-4 balls per bag in the freezer to grab quickly for lunch when out and about, or an easy lunch/dinner at home. Or maybe a snack for a hungry mummy. Being high in protein, low in salt and sugar, these are a great snack for a busy mummy. Much better choice than chips or chocolate.
Would I make it again? Yes but I would add more spice and some kind of onion or garlic to give it a bit more pow.