Leek and Pea Patties

Leek and Pea Patties

I first shared this Leek and Pea Patties recipe two years ago as a toddler friendly lunch idea. It’s such a great baby led weaning lunch that I’ve turned to it again for my one year old. The recent sunnier and warmer weather has meant we’ve had our first picnic yesterday, and these were in our lunch boxes. So I thought I’d re-share the recipe for those of you looking for alternative lunch box ideas to sandwiches now that the weather is getting warmer! These are a healthy lunch idea because there’s no salt, and you could add whatever veg you’ve got around. These go down just as well with the 4 year old and are a great way to get veg into the baby!

I always use peas because both children like them and I always have some in the freezer! They have a subtle sweetness which most children like, I think. These pea patties can be adapted to include whatever veg you have left in the fridge – peppers and courgettes also work well.

Leak and Pea Patties

Serves: Makes about 12 patties depending on the size – my one year old eats 2 large ones with some veg/salad on the side


2 small leeks (or equivalent volume in veg – I sometimes do 1 leek and 1 green pepper)

125g frozen peas

2 eggs

100g flour  – can go half and half with plain white and wholemeal if you have it

1 tsp baking powder

A few leaves of fresh mint (optional but see my tip below!)


Chop up your veg and fry in a little oil for about 5 mins until soft. If you’re using leek make sure you chop it nice and small.

Meanwhile whisk the eggs in a bowl with a fork, then add the flour and baking powder and mix. It will be like a really sticky dough.

Add the frozen peas to the pan and cook for 2-3 more minutes. If you have any, add a sprinkling of chopped mint. **Tip – I tend to buy packets of fresh herbs for the occasional recipe and then never need them all. Because I’m #FoodSavvy, rather than waste them or throw them away, I chop up all the herbs and bag them up in the freezer, then take them out to add to recipes like this when I need it.**

Add the cooked veg to the egg and flour mix and stir with the fork really well.

Pea patties lunch idea for toddlers

Using the same frying pan, add a little more oil if you wish (I don’t bother and just use a non-stick pan) and then add heaped tablespoons of the patty mix. Flatten with a spoon or spatular so they are about 1cm thick. Fry over a medium to high heat for a minute or so each side until brown and cooked through.

Pea patties healthy toddler lunch

These can be eaten warm straight the way or you can freeze them once cooled. I pop them in a storage pack and then take out as many as needed for lunch. I then just defrost them in the microwave and I have a really quick lunch. They are also great to take on picnics or packed in lunch boxes with some salad bits – they don’t fall apart or crumble.

These pea patties are nice and easy, super healthy and a great lunch idea. My daughter’s been eating them since she started weaning and they still go down a treat – at 4 years old!

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Are you looking for a healthy lunch idea for your baby or toddler? These quick and easy Leek and Pea Patties are a great alternative to sandwiches and can be made with any leftover veg. They're great for lunch boxes and picnics too! Check out the recipe on the blog. #toddlerfriendly #babyledweaning #toddlerlunchideas #lunchideas #kidsfood #kidslunchideas

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  1. Caroline
    19th January 2017 / 8:36 am

    These sound delicious, quite fancy them myself x

  2. 19th January 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I’m definately gonna save this for the weekend with Ben =] #sharingthebloglove

  3. 20th January 2017 / 3:25 pm

    This look great and simple and I might actually make them for dinner tonight #sharingthebloglove

  4. 23rd January 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Peas are one of the few vegetables my son will eat, so these sound perfect! And really quick and easy too! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. 26th January 2017 / 11:48 pm

    I think I’ll give this a go. R is obsessed with bread and cheese at the moment and is all he will eat so we shall see if I can shake it up a bit!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • thisismenow
      27th January 2017 / 8:09 am

      Go for it. I’d be surprised if he didn’t like them. Xx

  6. 27th January 2017 / 9:36 pm

    What a brilliant idea, my daughter would love getting stuck in making these and a fab way to get some veggies in! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx

  7. 29th January 2017 / 10:27 am

    I could eat a few of those myself 😉
    My kids like peas so I might chance my arm and give them a whirl!
    Thanks for joining #BigPinkLink

  8. 29th January 2017 / 11:49 am

    Oh, this is a new idea and I love it. I will need to try it out with the kids this week xx #bigpinklink

  9. 1st April 2019 / 4:15 pm

    These look so tasty! I just wish my kids would eat it but they’d take one look and go “ugh! Peas!”
    I’d eat it though!

    • thisismenow
      1st April 2019 / 4:18 pm

      Haha mine like peas so it’s ok. You can put pretty much any veg in though. The mint adds a bit of sweetness too xx

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