The best oven baked meatballs with hidden vegetables

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These oven-baked meatballs are the best way to hide vegetables if your kids aren’t veggie lovers. Hidden veggie meatballs are the way to go!

Soccer season has started again and needless to say, the kids, especially my younger two, are always ravenous for a snack. These oven baked meatballs do the trick!

After morning games, the kids come home, shower, and eat a good lunch. 

But when we have games at night, after they’ve eaten dinner, when they come home they’re still ravenous.

A substantial snack is always called for.

Since my younger two aren’t big fans of anything that looks like a vegetable I have to get creative.

I admit I love being sneaky when it comes to hiding veggies in their favorite foods…including meatballs!

no veggies

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Good meat!

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The best oven-baked meatballs with hidden vegetables.

My recipe for kid-approved hidden veggie meatballs with carrots, zucchini, and greens is a family favorite.

This would be a great recipe to make for that end of the season, sports potluck party, or even your 4th of July cook-off.

The secret is to grate your zucchini and carrots fine and cut your greens into the smallest shreds possible.

Oh, and what works for my kids is getting them involved in the process, from start to finish.

Oh, and pair this with a good dipping sauce and your kids will polish these off in no time!

Ready to try the recipe?

And don’t hold back from getting the kids involved once you bring together all the ingredients.

Besides adding the spices, veggies etc. to the meat, all that needs to be done is mix everything together.

Since everything can be mixed in one bowl, it makes definitely everything so much easier.

Once the mixture is ready, your older kids can help shape the meatballs,

while the youngest can lightly grease the cookie sheet.

And that’s it!
So easy!!

This biased Mama of quick-wholesome meal recipes adds this recipe to these favorites that my family love!

Ready to grab my meatballs recipe?

Oven Baked Meatballs with Hidden Vegetables
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings: 5
Author: Marina
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped fine (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup carrot grated fine
  • 1/2 cup zucchini grated fine
  • 1/2 cup spinach and kale cut fine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 tsps olive oil
  • salt to season
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian spice seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 12 oz bottle French's Dipping Sauce (Honey Mustard, Sweet Buffalo Mustard and/or Sweet & Smoky Barbecue Mustard)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients (except the oil) together

  3. Brush a large cookie pan with the oil

  4. Form 2 inch sized meatballs and place on the cookie sheet

  5. Placed the sheet in oven and bake for 20 minutes

  6. Serve hot and enjoy with generous pools of French's Dipping Sauces!

The kids unanimously give this recipe a thumbs up.

This is one of those recipes that you will be asked to share!

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As they say, the proof is in the pudding…

check out that neat pile of toothpicks!

My family of 5 sure did polish those trays clean!

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