Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Toddler Meal -- Homemade Flaxseed Turkey Nuggets

My son AS is all about shapes and play dough recently, he will try to make out shapes of his foods and will eat a lot more if he recognises shapes in his food. He has also started getting more interested in chicken dishes as nuggets being one of them.

I have been wanting to try making something healthier than frozen nuggets for sometimes. Since work is a little relax these days, I made these yummy (and hopefully healthy) turkey nuggets for dinner. 

It turned out really juicy and tasty, AS had fun sorting out shapes and eating!

350 gm minced turkey or chicken
2 tbsp flaxseed powder 
1 tbsp Italian seasoning mix   or chopped fresh parsley    optional
1 tbsp cornstarch 
1 tbsp oatmeal powder
11/2 - 2 tsp salt 
2 tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste           Optional
3 tbsp olive oil

1 cup of homemade bread crumbs or shop bought panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup of all purpose flour
1 egg with 2 tbsp of milk for egg wash

1. I have a loaf of multigrain organic bread in the fridge so I decided to make my own bread crumbs. I cut the bread into cubes and toast it for 4-5 minutes until crispy, let cool.

2. Chop the bread in a chopper with 1 tbsp of italian seasoning herb and 1 tbsp of flaxseed powder, or whichever way you like your bread crumbs to be.

3. Toast the crumbs for another 2 minutes or until crispy, be careful not to burnt it. (Yes I did and had to throw the whole batch away and make a new one). Let cool.

4. Combined minced meat with all ingredients listed under ingredients. Let it marinate for 15 minutes.

5. Place the bread crumbs, egg wash mixture and all purpose flour side by side for easier work flow.

6. Spray or brush a thin layer of oil over baking sheet and work space. 

7. Scoop out about 1/2 cup of minced meat and lightly flatten using palm, when the thickness is around 1 cm, use a cookie cutter (or steal your kid's play dough cutter like I did.) to cut out the shape of minced meat.

8. Coat the minced meat with a thin layer of all purpose flour, dip into egg wash and quickly dredge in crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until all meat is shaped and coated. 

9. Preheat oven to 380 F/ 190 C, bake for 10 minutes or until crispy at the outside, you can turn once in between for even browning.

Serve with ketchup or any of your toddler's favourite sauces. These nuggets freezes well in the freezer for at least a month, do feel free to make in bulk for future use!

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