Like all mothers, I am constantly on the look out for new and interesting dishes to serve to my fussy toddler. I try as often as possible for him to eat our food, but as he has two warm meals a day (and we tend to have one, in the evening), I need more ideas and inspriation – somehow, he always seems to eat the same things! Add to this, that a 9 months, he only wanted fingerfood (luckily this changed when he was a little older) and Pip Squeak will no doubt go through a similar phase. Our staples became quiche (great for veg -will post a recipe ASAP) and meatballs. Both of these freeze really well, so you can always have meals stocked up in the freezer and the “effort” of making it is REALLY worth it!
And, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, now I have discovered Falafel! Again, like the meatballs you can make these in the oven, cutting down on “cooker time”, as well as frying fat. I haven’t tried freezing them yet, as they disappeared in no time out our house! But will try out before Pip Squeak starts finger eating, as these will be a great addition to her diet.
Here we go:
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 tin of 420g chickpeas (drained and left to dry a little)
Handful or parsley or corriander
Tsp ground cumin
Tsp ground coriander
2-3 Tblsp of flour (use chickpea flour if wheat intolerant)
Blend (minus flour) together. Once all mushy, add flour, to make managable consistency. Form balls and place in pre oiled tray. Dab with extra oil. Shove in oven for ~30-40 min at 200 C – turn once or twice carefully. Brush with extra oil if necessary!
Eat. Make yoghurt tip if you feel like it!
Have also seen a similar recipe with carrots – so guess you can sneak some veg in if you need to – can imagine courgette would work too, though it is quite wet and may need more flour to help keep it togther. Alternatively, add an egg…