well hello. today i actually have a recipe for you! it’s been a while. the truth is i haven’t been in the kitchen much, luckily ryan is a good cook and keeps us fed at dinner time. though i make the occasional dinner and make some desserts (because you have to have a full cookie jar), i spend the most time in the kitchen making sure henry is having healthy and good tasting food.
veggies and fruits i have down pat, but incorporating whole grains that taste good is a challenge for me, for both mine and henry’s diets. we’ve had a big bag of quinoa from costco in our pantry for forever now, as we haven’t quite found the best (tasty) way to eat it. quinoa is quite a trendy food right now, for being a whole grain that is high in both protein and fiber, so i wanted to figure out how to get it in henry’s diet – and figure out how he can pick it up since it’s so tiny. i thought i would make it into a cake – a quinoa cake! and i would add veggies to it as well, for taste and health benefits. this straight from my head, no recipe, which is something new (and scary) to me. i’m sure it’s been done before, but i was on a nap time limit and didn’t have time to look one up, so i winged it.
the result was surprising (since i made this up and it was quinoa) – it was good! not only for henry (who likes things to taste good, but he likes peas, people, peas. therefore he’s not too picky), but for me to eat as well! in fact, i had one as my side dish for dinner that night, and steal bites of his when he eats them. it’s jam packed with whole grain and veggie goodness, but still tastes great.
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 bell pepper, diced
1 carrot, shredded
2 tablespoons onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs, whisked
1 cup bread crumbs (i used italian)
2 tablespoons olive oil
mix all ingredients together – except for the oil – in a large bowl until well incorporated. form into patties, approximately 2-3 inches wide by 1/2 inch tall. heat one tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat; add half the patties. carefully flip when golden, approximately 2-3 minutes, and cook until the other side is golden as well. remove from pan; add the remaining tablespoon of oil to pan and cook the remaining patties (careful the pan doesn’t get too hot – turn down as needed).
this recipe made me about nine three-inch(ish) wide cakes. henry usually has one as part of a meal. they freeze and reheat well; put them on a lined baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until frozen, then transfer to a freezer safe ziplock and thaw as needed. i kept the salt to a minimum for henry, but perhaps increase a little if you’re making it for adults (though they still taste good as-is).
they even hold together pretty well after cutting up for henry, so he is able to grab a chunk instead of tiny little pieces of quinoa.
even though he’s giving a stink eye, he likes them.