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
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.
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.
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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