Meatball Soup

Meatball soup is a great toddler meal idea. Easy to make, yummy to eat.

The tender meatballs are easy to chew, making them accessible to children with emerging teeth. Indeed, the combination of meat, vegetables, and broth satisfies not only the toddler’s taste buds. Moms and dads love it too!

This creamy, nutritious, and healthy recipe works all year round. This meatball soup can be part of any weekly toddler meal plan since it contributes to optimal nutrition not only during the first years of life.

What’s more, your little gourmet – toddler can practice using a spoon or fork to pick up the meatballs and scoop up the broth, helping develop fine motor skills and eating independence.

Why is this meatball Soup a great toddler meal?

Meatball soup is an excellent toddler meal for several reasons, offering a balance of taste, and nutrition that is well-suited for our little ones.

Taste and Texture

Toddlers often have developing palates, and meatball soup provides a flavorful and enjoyable taste experience.

Nutrient-Rich

This Meatball soup is packed with essential nutrients, read the section below!

Balanced Meal

This meal offers a balanced combination of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables, promoting a well-rounded diet for toddlers. It helps ensure they receive a variety of nutrients necessary for their growth and energy needs.

Customizable

Meatball soup is highly versatile and can be customized to accommodate a toddler’s preferences and dietary restrictions. You can use different types of meat, substitute vegetables, or adjust the seasonings to suit your child’s taste.

Easy to Digest

The ingredients in meatball soup are typically easy on a toddler’s digestive system. The broth provides hydration, and the small meatballs are gentle on the stomach. This can be especially important for picky eaters or children with sensitive digestive systems.

Teaches Eating Skills

Meatball soup can be a fun way to introduce utensil use.

Comforting and Familiar

Many children find meatball soup to be a comforting and familiar meal. It can be a source of security for toddlers, especially during periods of change or transition.

Low Preparation Time

Busy parents appreciate meals that are quick and easy to prepare. Meatball soup can be made in advance, frozen for future use, or prepared in a short amount of time, making it a convenient option for families.

How to make it?

Again, this meatball soup can be ready in just 30 min and does not require much of your time. There it is:

Meatball soup with alphabet pasta

Meatballs Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 2 tbsp rice
  • 2 potatoes in cubes
  • 1 onion, diced or 1 fresh onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded or in small cubes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • optional
  • 1-2 tbsp Vermicelli or Alphabet pasta (3 min cook time)
  • 1 small bunch of fresh spearmint
  • or dry spearmint
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Put the ground beef in a bowl and add rice, salt, and dry spearmint.
  2. Knead everything well together in and form small or midsized meatballs.
  3. Put the meatballs, potatoes, carrots, onion, olive oil, salt and the water in a pot. If you use fresh onion, add it 10-15 min later.
  4. Cook everything for around 20 min until the potatoes are well cooked and became very soft.
  5. If you want to thicken the soup add 2 spoons of alphabet pasta or vermicelli and cook for another 3 min
  6. Turn the temperature on low.
  7. Mix the yogurt with the egg yolk. Use a fork to stir vigorously till frothy.
  8. Add the mixed yogurt and egg yolk to the ready soup and stir everything well.
  9. Let it cook for a minute on low temperature and turn off the stove.
  10. Cut the spearmint in small and add it to the soup.
  11. Ready to serve! Enjoy!

    In addition, this meatball soup is highly versatile. You customize it as you wish to accommodate yours and your toddler’s preferences and dietary restrictions. You can use different types of meat, substitute vegetables and nuddles with barley for example, or adjust the seasonings to suit your child’s taste.

    Barley needs to boil 30 min altogether, if you want to try this variation.

    Benefits of the Ground beef Soup

    Indeed, this soup provides significant amounts of micronutrients such iron, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B.

    Not only ground beef but also chicken or turkey provides protein that is vital for growth and development. Additionally, vegetables like carrots, peas, and spinach offer vitamins and minerals crucial for overall health. Moreover, the broth itself is rich in vitamins and minerals, further enhancing its nutritional value.

    What’s more, that meat plays a central role in a healthy toddler diet. Furthermore, it contributes to the intake of 10 key nutrients: energy, protein, vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, iron and zinc.

    Toddlers and preschoolers have often limited food habits. Very often, they overconsume milk which may put toddlers at increased risk of poor iron status. You can avoid that when your child consumes moderate to high amounts of iron-rich or iron-enhancing foods such as meat and fruit.

    You can read more about the role of red meat in a diet of children here: Nutrition & Dietetics 2007; 64 (Suppl. 4): S143–S146

    In conclusion, meatball soup is a fantastic toddler meal due to its appealing taste, nutritional benefits, balance, and adaptability. It offers a well-rounded, comforting, and nourishing option that can contribute to a toddler’s healthy growth and development while satisfying their taste preferences.

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    Happy and healthy eating!

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