Toddler Food – Chicken & Lentil Patties

As promised i wanted to share another toddler food success story with you. The toddler twosome have both eaten these with gusto and i am pleased to have found another way of getting some protein and iron into Ruby as my SPD girl will still not touch meat….other than small pieces of crispy bacon which has been a small win too!
 
They are quick and easy to make and freeze well which is also a bonus as i don’t have the time to keep making these sorts of foods up every night!

toddler food, chicken and lentil patties
 

 I will do my best to share a recipe with you but in all honesty i didn’t measure ingredients…just mainly threw a few leftovers together…what i do make sure of when making these sort of patties is to keep the ratio of meat lower than the other ingredients for now.

I am slowly introducing different meats into these sort of finger foods for Ruby but as always it is a slow process and the meat is always minced first. However, it is working as she is trying new textures and tastes through the use of various patties, balls and sausage shapes. She is still yet to eat a ‘proper’ chicken nugget or fish finger (homemade or store brought) but i am finding if i get the ratio of meat to other ‘safe’ ingredients right she will try these at least ….too much meat and the food becomes too unpleasantly chewy i think….it’s a fine line working with this sensory processing disorder and food aversion!

On the other hand Tara prefers chunky pieces of meat to pick up and chew and although she will eat the patties she prefers them cut into pieces…ahh the fun of having twins!

Here’s a base recipe if you would like to give them a try…but please add whatever quantity of ingredients you think would suit your toddler’s tastes….as long as you have some binding ingredients it shouldn’t matter too much!

CHICKEN, LENTIL AND VEGETABLE PATTIES
 
Ingredients
 
250 Grams chicken mince (i find thigh is moister than breast and therefore less chewy when cooked)
Olive oil
2 large potatoes
1 medium sweet potato
Half a brown onion finely diced
1 zucchini (courgette) grated
1 Carrot (grated)
3/4 Cup cooked rice (i used brown but white is fine too)
A dash of salt
Splash of ketcap manis (indonesian soy sauce…or just use soy)
1/2 cup drained tin lentils.
2 eggs – beaten
 
Crumbing
 
Panko (or plain bread) crumbs
2 eggs beaten
Plain flour for dredging
 
Method
 
Peel, chop and cook your potatoes and sweet potato in some boiling water until soft….mash with a little butter and milk. Set aside to cool a little.
 
While they are cooking fry the onion, zucchini, carrot (and any other vegies you want to try…i’m not having any luck with adding peas and corn just yet)in a little olive oil, add a sprinkle of salt and the soy sauce.
 
In a large bowl combine the mash, rice, lentils, vegie mix, eggs and mince. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are combined well. If you feel the mix is too wet just add a half cup or so of breadcrumbs to bind the mix a little better.
 
Shape into patties or whatever shape your toddler prefers to eat! Dip in flour, roll through beaten egg then into the panko crumbs and onto a tray.
 
You can either bake them on a tray in a moderate oven for around 20 minutes (until golden brown) or shallow fry in a large frypan. I usually use the frypan as i have more luck with Ruby if they are really crispy which is why she seems to like the panko crumbs!
 
To freeze…allow them to cool and then lay flat on a baking sheet and freeze. When hard transfer to a ziplock bag and back into the freezer. I usually pull out a few the night i want them and then fry for a few minutes or put into the oven with something else that is baking. They won’t need long though or they will become dry!
 
I hope you have some success with them…i love that they have some nutrient packed ingredients squeezed into one little patty…so at least if they eat nothing else for dinner they have managed some rice, lentils, meat and vegetables!
 
spd toddler meat and vegetable cakes
 
I am hopeful that i will be able to slowly introduce those foods on their own without being rejected if the taste has already been accepted….one day!
 
I did want to share a little tip for those with sensory eaters before i go. Over the past month i have noticed Ruby playing with the empty silicone cups i use on her food plates. She seems to really like the texture and squeeze factor of them and quite often uses one hand to play around with them while she continues to eat.
 
spd toddler eating tip
 
Perhaps this is meeting some sensory need for her and allows her to keep eating. I’m not sure but it could be worth a try at your place…maybe any sort of squeezy toy or little figure would work. Just a thought!
 

spd toddler eating tip

Butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth of course…..the perfect little eaters!

twin toddlers dinner
 

For more ideas and inspiration you might like to visit and follow my Pinterest board….

 
or visit this recent post…
 

Eating for SPD toddlers

I hope you are having a lovely weekend…i am hoping to start writing my Toddler Food Friday posts regularly again so i’d love you to keep a look out for next weeks toddler recipe!

Warm Wishes…

10 thoughts on “Toddler Food – Chicken & Lentil Patties

  1. I’m so excited to try these, my son almost exclusively eats foods that are cracker/dry cereal like, or are crunchy like chicken nuggets (with the odd exception of the yogurt that doesn’t have any chunks or texture to it). I really hope that if I can mask the veggies and rice with the chicken or fish that I can sneak a lot more into him! He is 3 1/2, he refused to breast feed, stopped eating jar food at 9 months and went exclusively to things like cheerios and crackers… It’s been a very slow uphill battle ever since! I am so excited that he is finally drinking from a straw and open cup now, and we can almost get through brushing his teeth without him gagging!!!

    1. Oh Jessi…i so feel for you..we were there not to long ago! This is why i still coat everything in the Panko crumbs and shallow fry…they still need to be crispy…she isn’t too keen if they are just reheated either!These pattie type finger foods are proving really good for getting other things like meat and rice etc into her….i hope you have some luck with them…perhaps try a special fork if he won’t pick them up at first…i count even smelling or touching in this house a win!

  2. I am glad to hear you are having some success with Ruby’s eating, your patties look yummy. We have recently turned a corner with our 2 year old, she is suddenly sleeping and eating much better, for us sleep and food are linked. If she sleeps badly then she refuses to eat…. which means she is tired and hungry all day. Thankfully things have really improved 🙂

  3. So glad I popped over from AKBN and found this post Jodie. The more I read the more I am convinced that my son has SPD. He will not eat most foods and will gag if he tries to. Even with brushing his teeth he gags. I just thought he was a picky eater but I know now that it is so much more than that. Is there some way to diagnose SPD? Who do you see about it? I’ve clicked on your 15 strategies link above so am going to pop over there now and have a read.

    Kate

    1. Am so glad you found this post useful Kate…it does sound like more than a picky eater….if you want to drop me an email or FB me your address i will have a bit more of a chat with you xx

  4. I like the sound of these Jode, thank you for sharing the recipe with us. They would go down a real treat with my two especially Miss 8 who is quite particular with what she eats. She prefers mince also and loves to touch her food, no matter what she is eating so any food using fingers is always a favourite for her. I hope you had a lovely weekend. xx

  5. Those sound great! My kids love food they can eat with their hands and put in dip. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at True Aim!

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