Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Toddler Thursday: Quinoa tuna cakes

So this one time, I made healthy tuna cakes and my kid ate them. My son has been on this kick of going from super starving all the time to unwilling to eat anything I make for him. This unpredictable pattern has caused me to really think about the foods I am serving him and to try to make sure that I am presenting not only healthy meals, but also really, really tasty ones that are balanced. 

Healthy Toddler Meals: tuna cakes by Welcome to Mommyhood #tunacakes #healthytoddlermeals

These tuna cakes? They had everything on my Toddler-can-eat-it checklist! Flavah? Oh yes! These were so tasty that I was seriously disappointed that I had only made four patties for the two of us to split. Healthy? Most definitely! These babies contain quinoa, tuna, and even broccoli! Did you see that? I wrote broccoli! My son ate broccoli. I may or may not be doing a happy dance at the moment. 

Now where was I? Oh yes, Toddler food checklist. The last factor I think about is offering a well balanced meal. Well, these cakes were most definitely a well balanced meal in and of themselves however: I often serve things like this with a side of vegetables because I am like that. Okay, enough rambling, here's a look into one of my favourite healthy [and toddler friendly] recipes!

Healthy Toddler Meals: tuna cakes by Welcome to Mommyhood #tunacakes #healthytoddlermeals


  • 1 tin tuna (soaked in water not oil!), drained 
  • 8 small squares of feta (2 tablespoons) mashed with a fork. Feel free to add more, my toddler doesn't like cheese so I wanted the flavor to be mild
  • Juice of 1 lemon or approximately 4 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1/4 cup broccoli, chopped in small pieces
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/8 cup quinoa (uncooked) 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or oil of choice)

Healthy Toddler Meals: tuna cakes by Welcome to Mommyhood #tunacakes #healthytoddlermeals


  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions 
  • Mash feta with a fork
  • Drain water from tuna 
  • Mix all ingredients together 
  • Heat pan with coconut oil (or another oil of choice) or use non stick pan
  • Form 1 patty
  • Pan fry on 1 side until the sides start to brown a little. You should be able to get your spatula underneath them relatively easily without anything falling apart if they have been cooked enough on the bottom side. 
  • Flip, pan fry on the other side for an additional 5-7 minutes 
  • Form the remaining patties and pan fry the entire batch 

Healthy Toddler Meals: tuna cakes by Welcome to Mommyhood #tunacakes #healthytoddlermeals

For more healthy recipes, be sure to stop by my Healthy Recipes page! For some (p)inspiration, visit my Healthy Recipes board on pinterest.

Today, I am linking up at Savoring Saturdays!

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