Easy Toddler Meal: Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties Recipe

Whenever we share ideas for easy toddler meals, the posts are quite popular with our readers—because if you can find quick, nutritious foods that toddlers will eat, we’re golden, right?

Here’s the thing about feeding the under four set: they’re typically a tough crowd. One day they like something, the next they don’t. Picky palates start making a regular dinnertime appearance, and getting them to sit at the table for longer than three minutes can sometime seem impossible. It’s not easy trying to guess what menu items are going to be well received, but in my experience, finger foods are always a popular option.

For those who like to eat with their hands, these chickpea patties are an excellent option. They can be tucked into a pita and topped with tzatziki for the adults or older children in the house, they are a protein-dense alternative for the meat-haters in the family and they come together in less time than it would take to order a pizza. Feel free to use regular sweet onion in place of the green, and swap the spice with cumin or paprika if rosemary is not to your taste.

What are some of your toddler meal dilemmas? Do you have any feeding tips to share?

Find the full recipe here: Chickpea Patties

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  1. TAMARA on November 25, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I followed the chickpea patties recipe and was disappointed. I wanted to like these so much. Unfortunately, my twins each took a bite and said they didn’t taste good. They are very bland, dense and taste like cardboard. Surprising considering all the yummy ingredients.

    • Michelle Reddick on November 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Tamara, we’re sorry to hear you had a negative experience.

  2. Chelsea Odell on November 5, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I have a very very picky 19 month old.. and he LOVED these… and so did I! These are so good! I didn’t have green onion or rosemary leaves… but had the essentials to make the recipe and was so impressed. Looking forward to making them again!

    • Heather Dixon on November 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      That’s amazing to hear, Chelsea! Thank you for sharing with us! And yay for kids who will eat! 🙂

  3. Jane on May 2, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Can they be frozen?

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