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Finding meals that our toddlers like but are also quick, affordable and most importantly healthy are usually few and very far between. I have the world’s most fussiest eater which makes meal times just that little bit harder than it should be, however, I am extremely lucky in the sense that she will eat meat. One of the healthiest, tastiest and most versatile ingredients is lean red meat. Experts have recently recommended that we include it in our children’s diet from weaning onwards.

Red meat provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in our toddlers and children – including iron, zinc and B vitamins, selenium and potassium. Red meat has been in the spotlight recently, and experts fear that the nutritional benefits have been overshadowed by misleading negative views. To cut through confusion, the Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts is partnering with BritMums to promote red meat in the diets of children.

Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, says:

Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.

Like I mentioned earlier, meat is one of the rare foods that my child will actually eat, although we do have days where she will be adamant that she really doesn’t like it. Besides the occasional Roast Beef on Sundays one dish she never fails to eat all up is Beef meatball pasta bake. This dish is perfect for fussy little eaters as it has numerous vegetables some hidden and of course red meat!

In relation to the Meat Advisory Panel partnering with BritMums, I feel that it is a perfect opportunity to share this recipe with you all.

The thing I love the most about this recipe is not only is it quick and easy but most ingredients can be found already sitting in your cupboards – how is that for a win?

*Disclaimer: This post is an entry for BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat

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