Sweet Potato-Zucchini Croquette & Turkey-Apple-Carrot Meatballs {Recipes}

Faith wanted a bento yesterday too, so she took the same thing as her brother. Again, not our prettiest effort ever, but both kids really enjoyed helping out in the kitchen. They really like to cook, and I love showing them that the food is healthy & still good tasting!

On the left, we have a sweet potato-zucchini croquette, topped with a marble cheese turtle. On the right, we have four turkey meat "blobs" with apples & carrots. They should be meat "balls", but when your sous-chefs are 7 & 4, meat "blobs" are what you sometimes get. :o)

Sweet Potato-Zucchini Croquette:
1 medium sized sweet potato, washed, peeled & shredded
1 medium zucchini, shredded
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp finely minced onions
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
pat of butter for cooking

Peel & grate the sweet potato, grate the zucchini (with peel), into a mixing bowl.
Add garlic, onion, breadcrumbs & cheese, mix well.
Beat egg slightly and mix into shredded veggies till well coated.
Roll small scoops (golf ball size maybe?) into balls and flatten into patties.
Cook in pat of butter over low heat till both sides are brown & crisp.
Set on paper towel to drain if desired (I so prefer this).

Turkey-Apple-Carrot Meatballs:
1/2lb ground turkey
1 apple, shredded
4-5 baby carrots, shredded
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp finely minced onions
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
pat of butter for cooking

Shred the apple & carrots, set into mixing bowl.
Add ground turkey & mix well.
Add seasonings & breadcrumbs, mix well again.
Add egg, mix well again.
Roll into small meatballs, set aside.
Preheat skillet with pat of butter, then add meatballs.
Cover and cook on low, turning the meatballs every little while.
When done, set to drain on a paper towel (again, we prefer this!).

Side note, turkey will burn quicker than ground beef and has less natural fats so it will stick to the pan if you aren't careful!

F&B liked both of these. The turkey meatballs were slightly sweet and very moist. F also preferred the sweet potato croquettes to the regular ones, B couldn't tell the difference.


  1. The sweet potato-zucchini croquette recipe looks great. I'll have to try that. Thanks for posting it!

  2. Oh my goodness. I swear I'm going to start copying these posts and planning out my kids lunch menus accordingly.
    I so love your ideas and creativity. See, it just goes to show people that food doesn't have to be freeze dried, deep fried and pre packaged to be interesting to kids. I have totally given up on school lunches.......that is until something changes there.
    My 14 year old son has signed up with a company that goes to schools and talks to kids about nutrition, making good nutritous choices and starting a school lunch revolution. He's got it goin' on. I'm glad he feels strongly about this. It's important.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  3. Those look so delicious and easy to make!

  4. I made the turkey meatballs for 3 kids tonight (mine & 2 friends). The friends ate them without too many complaints. My son, on the other hand, ate 3 servings of meatballs! He loved them! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Made these today, delicious! I'm waiting on my son to get home from school to give me the kid perspective, but I ate several of them myself. I baked them on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, instead of cooking them on the stove.


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