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.

3 comments:

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!
k

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!