Baby-Friendly Herbed Turkey Meatballs

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4 Beginner 15 min 20 min 35 min

These meatballs are gentle on a baby's palate and digestive system, made without salt and with easily digestible ingredients.

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Delightful and nutritious herbed turkey meatballs designed for little gourmands, without any added salt.

Did you know?

Did you know? Babies can taste many flavors through their mother's diet while still in the womb, which might explain their acceptance of various herbs and spices!

Embark on a culinary journey tailored for the littlest of gourmets with our Baby-Friendly Herbed Turkey Meatballs. Developed with a one-year-old's nutritional needs in mind, this dish hails from the comforting kitchens of homestyle cooking, but without the usual seasoning agent – salt. The herbs and gentle spices provide a kaleidoscope of flavors to delight developing palates.

Meatballs are a timeless classic, but often, traditional recipes are teeming with salt, which isn't suitable for babies. This interpretation takes you through the process of crafting a dish both nutritious and baby-approved. With a no-salt policy, these little morsels focus on the natural savory goodness of turkey and the sweetness of carrots, ensuring a safe yet flavorful eating adventure for tiny taste buds.


Gather the following ingredients to create a baby-friendly meal that's as healthy as it is delicious.

The incorporation of oat bran not only adds valuable fiber but also makes these meatballs tender and easy to eat for those tiny mouths.

  • 500g ground turkey, lean
  • 1 small carrot, finely grated
  • 1 small zucchini, finely grated and excess moisture squeezed out
  • 2 tablespoons of oat bran
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • Olive oil for cooking


Just a few simple steps and you'll concoct an enchanting meal for your baby to enjoy. Let's begin!

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, grated carrot, grated zucchini, oat bran, egg, dried thyme, and dried parsley.
  3. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Form the mixture into small, bite-sized meatballs suitable for a baby's grasp.
  5. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Drizzle a little olive oil over the meatballs before placing them in the oven.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until fully cooked and golden on the outside.
  8. Let them cool to a baby-safe temperature before serving.

Add some extra love

Pair these meatballs with a purée of sweet potatoes or butternut squash for a wholesome and balanced meal for your little one.

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