How To Hide Vegies – Salmon Patties

hidden vegetable recipe - salmon patties
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Does anyone here have fussy eaters in the home? Kids who will. not. eat. that. thing?

Or even more frustratingly, stubborn fussy eaters who will gobble something one night, but refuse point-blank to even try it the next?

Yeah. We have one of those. So my vegetable-disguising skills are under development. I’m hoping to reach the level of Ninja-Cook by spring.

This recipe is one of the greatest ever invented, because:

  • you can hide all manner of veges in it
  • the kids can still see the evidence of veges (I’m a big proponent of the fact kids will eventually begin eating well regularly if they keep trying new foods. It’s just the trying that’s, well, trying…)
  • they taste delicious to kids and adults alike
  • I feel satisfied that the kids have eaten a good, nutritious dinner

Needless to say, it’s on high rotation in our meal plan.

You need:

  • large tin salmon, drained and flaked
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp self-raising flour
  • small onion, grated
  • small carrot, grated
  • 2 potatoes, grated
  • handful chopped parsely
  • canola or vegetable oil, for shallow frying

I also add some or all of the following, depending what’s in the fridge:

  • sweet potato, grated
  • brussel sprouts, finely sliced
  • zucchini, grated
  • frozen peas
  • pinch of cumin
  1. Heat oil in a hot frypan.
  2. Mix all ingredients well, to combine.
  3. Using your hands, take about one tablespoon of the mixture and form a loose ball in the palm of your hand.
  4. Cook in batches, pressing down lightly as you place each patty into the pan.
  5. Cook approx 3-5 minutes on one side (until golden), flip and repeat.
  6. Drain on paper towel.
  7. Serve with salad or homemade, oven-baked sweet potato chips and a dollop of mayonnaise.

And presto! Dinner. And everyone’s happy.

These also keep quite well for lunches the next day or leftovers the next night. Which makes them even more awesome.

Do you have any good strategies for fussy eaters? Or just good, healthy meals in general? This mum would love to know!

5 Responses to How To Hide Vegies – Salmon Patties

  1. These patties sound delicious. My boys are older now, but when they were little particularly in autumn and winter, I made thick vege soups and puréed with a stick blender. Pumpkin, sweet potato, leeks, zucchini was a favourite combo. The fun part was to top soup bowls with a lid of puff pastry and the initial of their name and bake until puffed and golden. They loved this meal and it was a regular on our table. Cheers, Kathy.

    • Kathy, that sounds beautiful! Last winter my little ones weren’t so much into soups, but I think a smoother consistency might be the way to go. Plus, having a personalised pastry lid wouldn’t hurt either. Such a cool idea!

  2. Thank you for the refreshing updates for January.
    You are a very inspirational woman Brooke. You talk my kinda lingo and I enjoy reading your work and following your blog.
    Thanks for keeping it real!

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