Toddler Chicken Burgers

TC's dining habits are changing, she will only sit in her high chair for breakfast, the rest of the day she will eat at her toddler table or sat on daddy's lap.  I have had a booster seat for some time but TC being TC, she would much prefer to sit on a big girl's chair even if she can't see over the table!  So the mission to get her to eat sitting in the booster seat at the big girl's table twice a day at least continues.

Her food choices are changing too, she uses cutlery well but still prefers finger foods except vegetables, which I still hide in anything I can, I am a vegetable counter each day, it used to be so easy, changes, changes!!

Getting her to eat chicken (we only eat chicken and fish) is also not so easy, she will pick it out of any dish, it's not the taste but probably the texture she isn't keen on.  With this in mind I decided to buy a mincer, a cheap plastic one in case it was all in vain, to mince up the chicken (not a pleasant task!) and make some mini chicken burgers.  They turned out better than expected and TC even managed a couple of bites, they did taste delicious, I would have liked some chilli in the mix but they are for TC not me, although I did manage to polish off test out a couple!


Ingredients

4 x chicken mini fillets, minced
2 x sundried tomatoes
2 tsp red pesto (contains pecorino and grana padano cheeses)
2-3 spring onions, finely chopped
about half a slice of oaty bread, minus the crusts
1 tsp mixed herbs, I used herbes de provence
black pepper to season (optional)
Cooked Quinoa*

Method

Put the chicken fillets along with the sundried tomatoes and mince, then put the bread through the mincer, this helps to clear out all the chicken. 

Add the red pesto, spring onions, mixed herbs and seasoning to taste and combine until all the ingredients are blended in.  Then add a tablespoon or two of cooked Quinoa.

Form into small balls, cover and chill for an hour.

Fry gently, pressing down into burger shapes (you can also grill for 4-5 minutes, brush with oil first if you do) on both sides until cooked through.



Serve with lightly toasted mini burger buns and cheese, or in TC's case eat as a snack, it's a start!  More from the "test kitchen" soon.


*I cook Quinoa a couple of times a week to add to various dishes or use in place of rice, it adds extra protein and goodness to everyday foods.
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