The hungry caterpillar meatballs

The hungry caterpillar meatballs

Picture of Richmond mini meatballs Richmond kindly sent us a voucher for a packet of 40 Mini Meatballs to try.

The challenge was to see what easy, hassle free, quick recipe we could come up with that children will love.

One very favourite story, all my children love, is ‘the very hungry caterpillar’. I thought what better way to get children enjoying their food than to create something from their favourite story.

Here are the easy, child friendly, delicious hungry caterpillar meatballs we made….


Ingredients per caterpillar

  • Richmond mini meatballs
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • 2 green beans
  • 1 large lettuce leaf
  • 1 Finger roll
  • Tomato/vegetable sauce (Jar or homemade)

How To Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Meatballs

  1. Place the mini meatballs on a baking tray and put in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees C for 10 mins (or 1 min in the microwave)
  2. Cut the finger roll in half
  3. Heat some tomato/vegetable sauce from a jar (or if you prefer home made, try my delicious tomato sauce recipe below)
  4. Spoon some tomato/vegetable sauce into the roll
  5. Place a lettuce leaf on top
  6. Put the cherry tomato one end of the roll and make 2 slits in the top.
  7. Cut the green beans to size and push into the slits in the tomato
  8. Line the meatballs up on the lettuce leaf and hey presto, you have a very hungry caterpillar!

This took just 5 mins to prep and 10 mins to cook (when using a jar of sauce).

This is the quickest and easiest way to make the caterpillars, but if you prefer homemade sauce like me, here is my tomato and vegetable sauce.


 Ingredients for the tomato and vegetable sauce

  • 1 tbsp  Olive oilpicture of ingredients to make caterpillar meatballs
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Large carrot (or 2 small), peeled & chopped
  • 1 Red pepper, chopped
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Large pinch sugar
  • 1 Tin chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 2 tbsp  Tomato puree
  • 150ml Vegetable stock

How to make a delicious tomato and vegetable sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a pan
  2. Saute the onion, carrots and pepper until soft
  3. Add the garlic
  4. Add the vinegar and sugar and cook for 2 min
  5. Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and stock
  6. Simmer for 25 mins
  7. The sauce should now be nicely thickened. If you prefer a smooth sauce you can blend it

This makes 4 to 6 servings. It is good to freeze, so you could make a batch and have several portions ready in the freezer to pull out to whip up a quick meal.

These Hungry caterpillars were very quick and easy to make. The children loved them so much. They cleared their plates and even ate their lettuce (which they wouldn’t normally do!). It was great fun for them. We spent the whole mealtime trying to recite the very hungry caterpillar story from memory.

These caterpillars would also be a very easy meal children could help make themselves. They would love building their caterpillars on its nice green leaf. I think this is a really fun idea, I am going to get the children to make their own next time.

I am glad I have discovered Richmond mini meatballs as they are such a versatile food I can keep in my freezer that I know the kids will love. There are so many different things you could do with the meatballs from spaghetti meatballs, pizza with meatballs on, to tortilla wraps and sandwiches. I am not very good at making my own meatballs, as I usually burn them, so this is perfect for me, we can start eating meatballs again!

This post is an entry for Britmums Hungry to Happy Challenge sponsored by Richmond Mini Meatballs at

picture of mini meatballs hungry 2 happy challenge




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  1. Fantastic! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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