Fun with Food!

Welcome to Fun with Food! This site was designed to help parents and caregivers find, share and ask about fun foods for your selective toddler!

As a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, I encounter many children who have experienced negative associations surrounding food. These children often have accompanying oral motor feeding difficulties and sensory processing difficulties--making eating a very stressful experience instead of an enjoyable one.

This website will hopefully serve as an "idea place" for meals as well as questions and support from other parents and caregivers. Enjoy!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Crunchy spinach cakes

These are so good! Another panko crusted oven creation that is fun for the whole family! I am bringing these to therapy sessions this week and so far they have been a success. I suggest serving them with a favorite dip--today the preferred dip was Catalina dressing. My daughter chose Ranch dressing (of course-- I would expect nothing less from her when a new food is concerned!)


1 package frozen chopped spinach, drained and water 'squeezed' out
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Beat egg and mix parmesan cheese and flour into egg mixture, add spinach and form into small 1/2 dollar size patties
Roll each patty into panko crumbs, add salt
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes on a foil lined sheet sprayed with olive oil or other baking spray. I flipped these halfway through to ensure a good crisp!

Makes approximately 20 half dollar size patties.

**** To make the egg free version of this recipe I used 2 tablespoons of vegan canola oil based mayonnaise in place of the egg

** Delicious change: Add approximately one large tablespoon of goat cheese to this recipe! I also substituted chopped kale for the spinach and it was delicious!

If you enjoyed this recipe, Try another crunchy green snack from Meghan Telpner: Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips


Nickname unavailable said...

i echo that these were yummy, loved by all of us!

i did try them w/peas today (b/c my dh brought home large leaf spinach and it was nap/rest time when i was making them... ie. not a good time to be loud w/the vitamix) and i wouldn't recommend w/peas. we'll stick to the recipe next time!

Nickname unavailable said...

that was me, rachel, btw!

Kristina--Picky Tots said...

Hi Rachel! Do you love my subtle 'shout outs' to our little man...I mean, Catalina Dressing? Everyone has their safety net when trying something new! Pea Patties...can't be too bad huh?