Don’t be afraid of giving your children things with spice in them – they usually love it and it’s important to give them different tastes and textures. Plus, spices are full of wonderful nutritional benefits: cumin is an excellent source of vitamins, coriander full of antioxidants and disease-preventing health-promoting properties and turmeric a great anti-inflammatory.
These are really quick and easy to make, especially if you cheat by using bought mashed potato which I often do!
You can easily adapt this recipe and add different vegetables such as sweetcorn, peppers, courgette and so on, and hard cheeses, such as feta, would work well too.
- 100g mashed potato
- 100g cauliflower florets, chopped up in to small pieces
- 30g green peas
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cumin
- Pop your peas and cauliflower into boiling water and cook for a few minutes until tender. Drain.
- Mix the mash into with the pea and cauliflower and then add in the spices and seasoning.
- Put a small knob of butter in your frying pan and when foaming take a little handful of your mix and make into a pattie shape and place into the pan. You want to hear a nice light sizzle noise and leave for a minute or two to get a nice golden colour. Flip over.
- You can also adapt these and put fresh herbs in if you have them to hand; coriander, parsley and mint would all work very well.
- For a more adult version, you could serve them with a nice drizzle of natural yoghurt mixed with a small amount of tahini, garlic (paste) and seasoning.