Here’s another easy to make recipe that packs a lot of nutrition for growing toddlers–Itsy Bitsy Black Bean Patties. Serve these as finger foods alongside cut up bits of fruits and vegetables, or dress these patties up by cutting pieces of bread into quarters and sandwiching the patties to make little sandwiches! Adding sweet potato into the recipe gives the patties a nice moistness. Once again, these patties freeze and thaw relatively well, and are toddler approved!
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 (15 ounce) can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained well
- 1 egg white
- 3 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 minced garlic (or ½ tsp garlic powder)
- 2 tbsp minced onion
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Wash and scrub the skin of a small sweet potato thoroughly, then pierce the sweet potato with a fork a few times. Cook it in the microwave in a covered dish for 3 minutes. Let it cool, before peeling off the skin and cutting the sweet potato into rough chunks. Put this into the food processor.
- Add into the food processor bowl black beans, egg white, paprika, oregano, fresh minced garlic or garlic powder, minced onions and pepper. Blend into a chunky puree.
- Add breadcrumbs and pulse once or twice more to blend.
- With wet hands, form bean and sweet potato mixture into small patties. Dust both sides lightly with cornmeal.
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy, well-seasoned skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the patties and cook on the first side for 5 minutes. Turn over carefully and cook 3-4 minutes longer, until browned. Makes about 10 patties.