This is a great way to flavor a meat dish. If your little one won’t eat meat, try this one – the apple flavor disguises it very well. Serve them up one at a time so children are not overwhelmed. If they like it, serve up a few more. Have them be the king of the rings and eat them up to keep them safe in their tummy.


Cooking oil spray or melted butter
1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs or hazel nut meal
4 ounces raw bulk chicken-apple sausage
1/4 cup thawed and drained frozen spinach
1 egg beaten
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch rings
Ground cinnamon for dusting


Preheat the oven to 375°F

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray or brush with oil. Set aside.

Mix together the breadcrumbs, sausage, spinach, and egg in a medium bowl. Set aside.

There should be a hole in the center of each apple ring. Place the rings on the baking sheet and spray or brush each with oil or melted butter.

Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, make 1-inch balls of the meat mixture and place one in the hole of each apple ring.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm to the touch.

Place on a plate, dust with cinnamon and serve.

This recipe courtesy of Chef Jen Carden, author of The Toddle Cafe. For more easy, kid-friendly recipes, as well as amazing food photography, visit her blog.