In this Very Special Friday installment, I would like to introduce you to Roberta's wonderful blog, Burro e Salvia. Roberta is a friend of mine from Sardegna, Italy a lover of good quality food and amateur photographer and mom to her 2-year old Alex. In this post, she shares tips on how to make food for a picky eater and one of her wonderful recipes. I have tried to make these ricotta and spinach rolls balls and my whole family loved them!
Trying to give good eating habits to kids is often a big challenge. You need to prepare something nutritionally appropriate, but also appealing for kids. And yes, you need to variate what you propose to them. My opinion is that trying to force a kid to eat something is an extremely short way for failure.
I've found useful to propose a new thing many times, in different ways, before my son started to like it. Moreover, I believe that a homemade meal will help kid to get used to the family habit. My baby still doesn't like vegetable or fish, unless I prepare them as a finger food. It took me like 7/8 times before he appreciated homemade salmon sticks. But, especially if you have more than one kid, it would be quite difficult to cook something for you and something different for them. There are many recipes that can be appealing for the whole family. The one I'd like to propose you is one of such recipes.
Ricotta balls with tomato sauce: (4 people-prep 20 min- cooking 15-20 min)
Bread (the inside) 150g, you can use also sliced bread.
Parmesan, grated 100g
Ricotta cheese 350g
Parsley chopped 1tbs
For the sauce:
Tomatoes sauce 750ml
extra virgin olive (evo) oil 5 tbs
A pinch of salt
1 onion finely chopped
This is a very easy recipe, used in the past to replace meatballs with a more economic dish. It is considered a second course, but you can also make small ricotta balls and add them for seasoning a dish of pasta, and then you have a complete meal. I like to add also spinach to the ricotta for preparing the balls, lovely!
It's a very healthy and tasty recipe for all the family.
Blend the pieces of bread in a food processor and put in a big bowl, together with the ricotta cheese , the lightly beaten eggs, the grated Parmesan and the parsley.
Combine well everything until you get a soft, but enough firm to prepare the balls, mixture.
Add a pinch of salt, if necessary.
For the sauce, I prefer to use onions, but you might use also garlic. Put the chopped onion (or in big pieces if you are going to take it off later) in a saucepan with the evo oil and let it cook for some minutes until just golden. Then, add the tomato sauce and bring it to boil over medium heat. Put a bit of oil on the palms of your hands to hep yourself making the ricotta balls. Take an amount of balls a bit smaller than a tablespoon. Then place them in the saucepan with the tomato sauce and let them cook for about 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heating and serve.
This is Roberta, from Sardegna, Italy. She lives in The Netherlands. She was an electronic engineer working in reliability, career which she left when she chose to be a full-time mum. Her baby, 100% home-made, is her best recipe. Come and check out Roberta's blog, Burro e Salvia and also like her wonderfully tasty recipes on Facebook!