Wednesday, April 6, 2011

finger food

At nine and a half months old, Hannah is proving to have a very independent streak. She likes to feed herself, spoons, after all are for babies. She will happily eat chunks of avocado, tofu, sweet potato and more, but I want to make sure that she continues to develop a taste for combined flavours, also it would be boring to eat chunks of veggies all the time. I've started making her patties. She loves broccoli cheddar brown rice patties but I wanted to change things up so I made her a new flavour this afternoon and she loves them!

Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties
1 1/2 cups steamed sweet potato, mashed
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 egg yolks
1 cup grated white cheddar
1/2 - 3/4 cup bread crumbs

In a mixing bowl mix together the sweet potato, quinoa, egg yolks and cheddar. Add 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs and combine, if the mixture feels too wet, add more breadcrumbs. You don't want the mix to be too dry though.

Make balls about 2 tbsp big and put them on a plate. Let them sit for 10 minutes so that they bind well together.

Heat a non-stick or well seasoned cast iron fry pan over medium heat. Put a little bit (maybe 1 tsp) of olive oil in the pan and put some balls in the fry pan, don't overcrowd, it took me about 3-4 pans to cook them all. Push the balls down into a pattie shape, don't make them too thin or they will crumble. Cook until golden on either side (about 3-4 mins per side). 

This made about 28 patties at our house and I'm freezing half. The rest, Hannah will eat in the next few days.

For grownups - these would be tasty with garlic, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and then dip them in sweet chili sauce.


MamaG said...

Perfect! This is what's on the menu for tonight. Thank you!!

Kate said...

Hannah has been eating them all day with great success! Hope little E likes them too!

Adrianne said...

Making these tonight! Naomi's been into feeding herself for awhile and I've just been giving her bite-sized bits of food ... As such, her menu's been pretty bland lately. Blueberries, cubes of cheese etc. Anything that's easy to do and quick! I realized that I haven't actually cooked her veggies for awhile (since we've left the purees behind) ... so these will be perfect for her!!

P.s. I love that I can search your blog for just 'toddler recipes' ... helps a lot!