Mini Meatballs Hungry To Happy Challenge.

BritMums recently set some bloggers a competition to create a recipe or meal plan using the new Richmond Mini Meatballs. These meatballs are bitesize and perfect for little fingers. 

We spent ages trying to think of a perfect way to include these into our meals. We wanted something that was easy to make, didn't take forever and Max loved. We also didn't want to use things like chips or rice as we wanted to include as many veggies as possible. 

Mini Meatball Messy Mash

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20-25 minutes

All you need to make this is:
1 Pack of Mini Meatballs
1 tin of baked beans
2/3 baking potatoes 
2/3 carrots
2/3 parsnips 
(Increase or decrease the amount of root veg depending on your family size! We are a family of 3)

  • Chop the veg into small chunks and pop into a pan of boiling water until soft. This took us 15 minutes from boiling point. 
  • Once the veg is in the pan and starting to get soft (after 10 minutes roughly), pop the meatballs in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees. Aim for 5 meatballs each, more if you are hungry.
  • Drain the veg and use a tiny bit of butter to soften them. Mash them up until they are soft and creamy (or lumpy if thats how you like it)
  • Add the tin of beans to the mash and heat for 5 minutes. 
  • Serve with the meatballs.

Max loved his. He ate all of it, then mine and then asked for more. By including lots of veg in the mash it means that Max is gobbling up lots of good stuff whilst thinking he's getting a treat.

We also made a few variations of this recipe including:
  • Adding peas instead of the beans and using gravy to make a great sunday roast alternative.
  • Adding swede to the mash to give it even more veg.
  • Mixing in a dash of tomato puree to give it a bolognese feel.


  1. Oh they look yum! I'll be showing my sister this recipe for my niece :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  2. This looks lovely! Might give this a go myself. Thanks for sharing x

  3. Looks scrummy!! My girls are a big fan of spaghetti and meat balls x

  4. Love how you can vary this idea. Great way to get vegetables eaten. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  5. Hello hun very nice to meet you from UK Bloggers