Kids recipe – Caterpillar meatballs

Caterpillar meatballs – Egg free, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, clean and paleo friendly.

The idea for this recipe came to me many moons ago when I was pondering how to get kids to eat more vegetables. Then it hit me: –

Meatballs in the shape and colour of a caterpillar!

Now, when your child notices the meat is green and an inspection reveals no obvious signs of vegetables in there, they may happen to ask: “Why is the meat green?”

To which your reply will be  “That’s because caterpillars are green.” Genius is it not?

The colour comes from pureed baby spinach and flat leaf parsley. It’s just a matter of popping all your veggies in a food processor and pureeing before adding to the meat.
The most important ingredient in this recipe though is the carrot. Not just for adding vitamins and sweetness, but it acts as the binder. I haven’t used any egg in this recipe which is great for kids with egg intolerance so make sure you don’t skip the carrot!



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I made the eyes out of saltanas which I flattened and “glued” on with tomato sauce. I then glued on dried lentils on top. The antennas are flat leaf parsley stalks.


You pan fry the meatballs  in some coconut oil (or alternate oil if your child doesn’t like it) and what results is a beautifully moist, soft meatball. Serve it with my Easy Peasy Tomato Sauce.

This caterpillar meatballs recipe has 3 great things about it.

1. It’s packed with heaps of nutrient dense ingredients

2. It’s fun so it will entice your child to eat it

3. It’s tasty, easy to make and doesn’t require egg to combine


 Here’s what to do

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You will need 1 packed cup of baby spinach leaves, 1 packed cup of flat leaf parsley, 1/2 small onion, a regular sized carrot, Himalayan salt and cumin powder.


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Blitz veggies in a food processor until a puree forms (use a little bit of water if it’s not pureeing properly). Add to the mince along with the salt and cumin.


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Combine until the mince has turned green.


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Lightly shape into balls.


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Pan fry in batches on medium – medium high heat in a lubricated pan (important as this will help stop the balls from sticking.) Turn regularly.


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Arrange on plate to look like a caterpillar. Serve with my Easy peasy tomato sauce.


Why this is so good for you

Grass fed beef helps prevent coronary artery disease, hypertension, arthritis, reduces the risk of heart attack and helps reduce the risk of cancer.
Onions strengthen the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of gastric ulcers.
Carrots improve vision, reduce the risk of lung, colon and breast cancer, slow down ageing, promote healthier skin, help prevent infection, prevent heart disease and detox the body.
Spinach  improves skin health, eases constipation, flushes toxins from the colon, builds strong bones, improves eyesight, protects against breast cancer, reduces risk of ovarian cancer and protects your brain function from premature ageing.
Cumin helps asthmatics, diabetics, helps fight cancer, aids digestion, helps relieve constipation, helps relieve insomnia, helps fight viral infections, boosts the immune system, helps fight anemia, promotes healthy, beautiful skin and helps remove toxins from the body.
Pink Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body,  helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.


I hope your little ones enjoy this dish.

Love, Tash xx


Kids recipe – Caterpillar meatballs

Yield: Makes up to 36 meatballs depending on size

* Mix until just combined. Do not over mix or mince will become sticky (and tougher once cooked.)

* Raw mixture should be wet and delicate. If it's too wet and not shaping into a ball, add up to 1/2 cup (or more if needed) almond meal to soak up some moisture.

* Meatballs will work best if the pan is lubricated with oil and you gently nudge before turning. If balls are sticking, move them by gently scraping them off their spot with the tongues before turning over.


  • 500 grams beef mince (free range, grass fed or organic)
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • For the caterpillar antennas and eyes
  • Parsley stalks
  • 2 saltanas, flattened
  • Any small, round shaped piece of food (I used dry lentils as that is all I had!)


  1. Place mince in a large bowl
  2. Blitz carrots and onion together in a food processor. Add spinach and parsley and continue blitzing until pureed.
  3. Add carrot mixture to mince along with salt and cumin and stir through till the meat has turned green.
  4. Gently shape into balls.
  5. Heat a non stick medium frying pan with a little oil and cook in batches. GENTLY turn the balls.
  6. Serve with tomato sauce.
  7. Freeze whatever you don't use for another meal.

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