This a real hands-on recipe for all the family.  Kids get to explore the textures of the vegetables and the meat, the gooeyness of the egg and the silky feel of the fresh breadcrumbs as they roll up the balls. Older children can start exploring workplace health and safety using the grater and the knife.  Cooking is a fun task for a group as conversation and laughter become the extra ingredients to a tasty meal.

To make it gluten-free

Replace breadcrumbs with cooked rice

Stress-free hint

Use any type of mince – beef, chicken, pork

Use any type of vegetable – grated broccoli stem, sweet potato

Use dry breadcrumbs if that is all you have

Lamb meatballs


250g lean minced lamb
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (3 slices bread chopped in the food processor)
Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon oil

Combine all the ingredients except the oil. Form the mixture into small patties.

Place in lined baking tray use a little spray oil if you like, cook in a moderate oven until cooked through, turn as required. (Can be cooked in a frypan or on the BBQ if desired)

Serve on a tray with coriander yogurt or in a bread roll with salad.

Coriander Yoghurt

1 cup Greek style yoghurt

1 small cucumber finely diced

1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander

Salt & pepper


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