Tastiest Cheesy Veggie-Filled Meatballs: Boulette de Viande

Jan 23, 2017

Getting your child to eat vegetables can be quite the challenge — so what's a parent to do? Stop trying, give in and satisfy them with all the candy they can eat, or allow them to eat nothing at all, right? If you're comfortable having a child with a mouth full of cavities, or a child waking in the middle of the night protesting that they're hungry — by all means, give the kids a choice and let them be merry! But in reality, it is a definite no-no. We must try, try again and persevere.

It’s odd; my son would eat veggies one day, and the next it's like a switch went off and he can't bear the sight of them. So I had to start improvising. Sometimes, this means getting creative — like when I've pretended the car is a spaceship, ready to be to blasted into space, countdown and all, just in order to quickly get my son inside. So when it came to meal prep, I started finding ways to hide the veggies in his food to get his servings in.

Three meatballs on a bed of spaghetti in a bowl

Parents of the world, allow me to not only help but introduce you to my home-famous boulette de viande recipe (French for meatballs). But do not be fooled! These are not your ordinary meatballs, oh no, these are veggie and cheese-stuffed meatballs. They're a great way to incorporate all of the food groups in one meal. This is deception at it finest, but for a good cause, of course! And if you have a picky eater — like I do — you can now add this to your list of recipes to try.

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Boulette de Viande

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup pureed carrot
  • 1/2 cup pureed zucchini
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 bar of mozzarella cheese cut up in tiny squares
  • pasta sauce of your choosing

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Boil your carrots and zucchini until soft, and blend together into a purée. Then combine beef, egg, garlic, lime juice, vegetables and salt in a large bowl and mix until combined.

Three meatballs on a plate with the cheese inside peeking through and oozing out a bit

Next, press your mozzarella cheese squares into the center of the meat and cover around them. Form into balls (around golf ball size) and place in a greased pan to bake for 30 minutes. You can pour on some sauce in the last 10 minutes of baking or heat the sauce separately.

A child picking up a meatball to eat

Additional things to consider: If your child is lactose intolerant, by all means, skip the cheese. Can you use other veggies? Of course, however some veggies may not be as discreet and would blow your cover. Lastly, a great way to make use of all the veggies? Make your own pasta meat sauce!

Happy eating!

Article Author Daniella Osman
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Daniella Osman, born and raised in Toronto, is your everyday woman. Although she started off studying nursing, she later decided to pursue her dreams of being a TV host. She studied television and broadcasting at Seneca College and now has a YouTube channel, Danie O, which aims to inspire and motivate women to reach their highest potential. When she's not catering to the needs of the virtual world, she takes on her most favourite role which is catering to the needs of her three-year-old little bundle of joy. You can follow her on

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