OK here's one for you...I have a six year-old daughter who is a very finicky eater. To my dismay, my non-cooking husband has turned her on to Stauffer's spaghetti and meatballs, and she LOVES the stuff. Actually, she's started just eating the meatballs out of it and leaving the rest b/c she says she loves the meatballs so much. I have made her meatballs in the past, figuring, "What kid doesn't like meatballs?" She wasn't into them.
This is the recipe is I like, btw, minus the add-ins when I made them for her: http://www.seriouseats...
Well now that she's discovered THESE sodium-riddled, industrially processed, "naturally flavored" meatballs, she can't get enough. So I asked her if I could make a homemade meatballs that tastes like a Stauffer's meatball, would she eat it, and she said yes. Sooo, I thought I'd see if you all had any recipes/thoughts/tricks up your sleeve for making a homemade version that is tasty, but with with something that at least attempts to achieve something of the industrially uniform texture and fake-food crack-effect that frozen processed food (in this case meatballs) seem to have on children (or at least on my child). The fork feel, in case you haven't tried them, is reminiscent to me of the Hungry Man Salisbury Steak TV dinner that I remember from childhood, but not quite as creepy.
I look forward to hearing any ideas you have, except please no advice on child-rearing with respect to the dietary habits of my child. I've heard it all, thought about it a lot, and I do it the way I do it, just like we all do. Thanks in advance!