Saturday, August 29, 2009

More finger food recipes

Jonah is becoming quite the picky eater. He seems to be put off more by textures than the taste of foods. I've been trying to find ways to "sneak" veggies onto his plate that will end up in his mouth rather than on the floor. Here's one of Jonah's favorites:

Zucchini Fritters:
One or two zucchini's, depending on their size
Your favorite corn bread mix or recipe
Fresh or frozen corn (remember if you're using frozen, it is not recommended to re-freeze)
shredded cheddar cheese

Follow the directions for the corn bread batter. If you'd like a good recipe for homemade, click here. But the boxed mix will do if you're looking for quick and easy. After you've finished making the cornbread, use a cheese grater to shred the zucchini into the batter. Mix in however much corn and cheese you would like. Ladle the batter into a greased cupcake pan, so each well is about 1/4 full. Bake according to cornbread recipe. For true fritters, you could fry them (either deep fry or pan fry) but they are much healthier for baby, and a better texture for young mouths to chew, if they are baked. Frying them will give them a crunchy outside, and they will be like hush puppies.

Jonah will eat two of these fritters, and if you used fresh corn the leftovers can be frozen and heated up as needed. I just break the little cakes up into bite sized bits while he is eating.

Pleas note: This recipe has eggs, corn, and dairy products, and so might not be suitible for all toddlers. Corn is difficult to digest for young children, and milk/eggs may pose an allergy risk.

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