Monday, 21 April 2014

Sesame chickpea patties

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy Toddler Meals: Sesame chickpea patties
It's no secret that I love experimenting in the kitchen. This recipe was definitely the result of an experiment - I added a bit of this, a pinch of that, and viola: 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy recipes - sesame chickpea patties



Green chickpea patties! I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to take them in though - whether they would be intended for the whole family, only us adults, or specifically for the Toddler. 

Inspite of the their appearance, I did end up keeping the flavors milder so that the Toddler could enjoy them, too. And that he did! He had about five of these patties in one day, and asked for more as snacks. This turned out to be one of his favourite meals and these patties are loaded with broccoli and peas so it's definitely mommy approved, too. Green chickpea patties have become one of our new favourite healthy toddler meals! 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy recipes - sesame chickpea patties


Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/8 cup leek 
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin and turmeric 
  • The juice of half a lemon 
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Black and white sesame seeds for dipping the patties
  • Coconut oil for frying
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon chili flakes

Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals - green chickpea patties

Instructions

  • Boil a kettle of water to soak veggies 
  • In the meanwhile, wash chickpeas 
  • Get out your blender or food processor and blend the chickpeas 
  • Transfer the chickpeas to a large bowl 
  • Blend/puree the vegetables 
  • Mix the chickpeas, vegetables, spices, lemon juice, and egg together 
  • You should get a thick paste 
  • Mold into the shape of a patty then either dip into the sesame seeds, or hold the patty in your hand and pour the seeds over 
  • Heat a nonstick pan on medium-high heat and pan fry for about five minutes on one side. Then flip, and pan fry for an additional three minutes.
These patties do tend to crumble fairly easy so you really want to make sure that you don't flip them too soon. After my pancake debacle, I made sure to really watch these and not flip before they started to get firm. 

... so what did the adults think?

I liked them, but didn't love them. For hubby, who is a salt-a-holic, they were underseasoned. This is naturally to be expected if I prepare something that the Toddler will also be eating - I use little to no salt and then we add it to our plates. While I will be playing with this recipe some more, I think to really make it fantastic, the amount of spices needs to be doubled to amplify the flavors. I will also definitely be adding some chili flakes. My household loves heat, even the Toddler. Without the extra amounts of spices,  the broccoli takes over, which while delicious, I think needs to be balanced. 

However, I had a few patties with a squeeze of lemon juice and some sriracha for an extra kick and they were really good! I also think a small topping of arugula would have also helped to balance everything out and would have made it (almost) perfect. I mean, leafy greens make everything perfect, right? 


Welcome to Mommyhood: Healthy toddler meals - green chickpea patties


I have to laugh a little at these photos. Honestly, I tried to make them look kind of fancy, but this recipe as is, is definitely a toddler meal. You can also expect to see a more adult friendly version of this recipe on here very soon though! We just have to move first - one more week! 


I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend! We spent ours trying to get some family time in between packing up the remainder of our home! 


Thanks for reading!
Yuliya