Remember the other day on Facebook I mentioned Abby finally ate something for dinner other than a sandwich? I was ecstatic. After almost a year of sandwiches, cereal or yogurt for dinner (and not much variety at other times of the day either, despite my repeated offerings of everything from apples to zucchini), she didn’t immediately just say “no!” when presented with a plate of something she’d never eaten before.
That plate was this one – little quinoa balls filled with grated carrot, cheese and mashed avocado.
I have tried everything to get her to eat a wide variety of food, but I also never pushed it. I was convinced she would grow out of it and if she didn’t, then I could deal with it when she was old enough to reason with. The problem wasn’t taste, or texture, because the food never made it to her mouth. She would literally look at a plate and refuse it, never even taking a bite. But I pushed on and I am so glad I did. (Mind you, when Pepper was a newborn I slacked off a bit, but have stepped it up again recently and have had several successful attempts with pasta and boiled eggs with toast soldiers. Baby steps!)
The funny thing was, she wouldn’t even try things most kids like. My mum tried to give her ice cream once and she just about screamed the house down.
What I realised when I bit into one, how much like a meatball they were. I think with similar seasonings you could throw them in a spaghetti and meatball situation, or make them slightly bigger for rissoles or burgers. I tried very hard to make them balls, but I also wanted to make them gluten free so the ended up being mini burgers as they were quite soft and wouldn’t hold their shape when flipped! Feel free to sub regular flour if you like.
The main thing is they tasted good AND THEY GOT EATEN. Score.
As mentioned in the recipe card, they can be baked. And for the record, the broccoli never went near her mouth.