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You guys, I have a really sneaky recipe for you today! If you have picky eaters like I do, then you are going to want to hang on to this recipe. 

One of my kids’ favorite meals since they started eating table food was pasta and meatballs. I mean, can you blame them? We usually have it at least once a week (usually on Sundays) and it’s the one meal I know that they will eat and ask for more of. It’s our go-to “I don’t want to fight with the kids about eating” meal. 

But the one thing my kids don’t like to eat? Their veggies. Typical kids if you ask me. So as a mom, I have to find a way to sneak in those veggies without them knowing.

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The easiest way to do that is in pasta sauce. When my children were younger, I would make them for lunches a homemade version of canned spaghetti and meatballs. I’m Italian. I just can’t do the canned stuff. 

When making them their pasta and meatballs, I would sneak in a few things along the way. Wanna know the secret?

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Pasta and Meatballs for Kids

For this recipe of pasta and meatballs for kids, you will need Gerber MutliGrain Cereal, 1 lb. of meatball mix, tomato sauce, Gerber Mixed Vegetables, and Alphabet Pasta. Yes, people, we are adding baby food into our recipe! Because, let’s face it, it’s not just baby food. It’s a great recipe substitute!

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Boil water on stove for your pasta. 

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While you are waiting for the water to boil, mix your meatball mix with the Gerber MultiGrain Cereal. The cereal will act as a binder like you would normally use breadcrumbs. It is also filled with Vitabloks, a blend of six B Vitamins, Vitamins E and C, iron, zinc, and calcium. You can also make the meatballs egg-less as well! 

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Mix well and roll your meatballs into tiny bite sizes. Fry in frying pan with a little EVOO or bake in the oven. 

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Next, add one to two containers of Gerber Mixed Vegetables to your tomato sauce. Heat on low on stove. 

Once water is boiling, add in 1 cup of Alphabet pasta. Cook until tender. Drain.

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Mix everything together and you have a veggie-filled lunch for your kids! You can easily make a big batch of this on Sunday and have enough for the week ahead.
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Don’t worry, I’ll keep this our little secret!

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