BBC Good Food magazine's food editor Barney & his daughter Maisie love making these sausage and beef meatballs to serve on spaghetti with hidden vegetable tomato sauce
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This is a ‘blueprint’ recipe that can be adapted to suit your child’s taste or introduce new flavours. Ground cumin, paprika or a small pinch of cayenne pepper could be added to the meatballs or you can add different chopped fresh herbs like coriander, parsley, basil or thyme.
How to freeze meatballs
Freeze the cooked meatballs into portions that suit your family and clearly label how many portions are in each package. Defrost completely before reheating until very hot, you may need to add a small splash of water if the sauce becomes too thick.
GRATING: This is one of those basic preparations that, once learnt, can get kids involved in everyday cooking. Ingredients like garlic and ginger can be finely grated rather than finely chopped.
ROLLING INTO BALLS: This is a dexterous task children as young as three will be able to do. This is a skill that can extend to biscuit making and making bread rolls.