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Green Treats

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Several weeks ago I received an email from weelicious user, Katie Hamilton, kindly thanking me for our baby frittata recipe. I felt a great deal of pride reading that the only way Katie’s son would eat eggs was when she made him baby frittatas. Katie reciprocated by giving me the most genius recipe idea: green cookies. Katie’s mother had made a them for her when she was a baby and Katie continues the tradition by making them for her son. If your toddler protests against eating greens, you have to get him to try these! I call them green treats only because I like for Kenya to associate cookies with dessert, but no matter you call them, I guarantee your family will call them delicious.

I made a dozen of these green treats when I was testing them out. I got one, Kenya had 3 and my husband polished off the rest. They're that good AND super healthy!

Green Treats  (Makes 12 Patties)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 6 mins,
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Several weeks ago I received an email from weelicious user, Katie Hamilton, kindly thanking me for our baby frittata recipe. I felt a great deal of pride reading that the only way Katie’s son would eat eggs was when she made him baby frittatas. Katie...

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of swiss chard, stems removed and chopped (spinach will also work)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup white or whole wheat matzo meal (whole wheat or plain-breadcrumbs will work too)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • oil for cooking

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook the chard in a steamer pot of boiling water for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  2. 2. Chop the chard very fine.
  3. 3. Place all the ingredients, except the oil, in a bowl and combine thoroughly.
  4. 4. Using your hands, form into small patties.
  5. 5. Heat about 1 tbsp of oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  6. 6. Cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side or until golden.
  7. 7. Serve.
  8. *After step 4, place patties on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes then place par-frozen patties in a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, defrost in fridge for 24 hours and follow steps 5-7.
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  1. yesim1cil

    November 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Just made this! My son loved it with ketchup. Despite reducing salt to 3/4 tsp the patties were still salty :( I guess the best ratio is 1/2 tsp or may be even less. They are very healthy tough ;)

  2. Yvette

    April 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Tried these tonight and really liked them but found them to be salty. Any recommendations on how much to reduce the salt for next time?

  3. Julie p

    September 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I too have been meaning to try this recipe forever. We just got a huge bunch of chard from our CSA and I finally made them. My 3 year old said yum the minute he bit one. But my toughest one to please- the hubby ate several and told me ” they were really good.” Happy mom, happy wife tonight!!!

  4. Ellen

    July 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Do they smell good? My child smells everything before trying it. If he doens’t like the smell, he won’t event taste it.

    • catherine

      July 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      They smell like sesame! Which I think is a wonderful scent! :)

  5. Lee Anne Lasky

    March 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Quick question – why add the sesame seeds? looks? do they really add that much nutritional value? Have I just never had fresh enough ones, or do they really add any flavor?

    • catherine

      March 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      The sesame seeds add a nutty flavor and a nice slight crunch to the texture. They are also packed with Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin B1!

  6. Annique79

    January 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    My 19 month old loved them. A little salty, maybe I didn’t use enough chard.

  7. Jaime

    August 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing these little nuggets?

    • maurine

      November 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I just pulled some out of the freezer, nuked them on defrost quickly, then cooked them up, tasted great! Follow her directions to freeze them!

  8. Rebeca @ The Average Parent

    August 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

    just made these for lunch and the family loved them…even my junk food junky husband. I chopped the chard before steaming (it made everything fit in the steamer and was much easier than chopping afterwards) and served it with sour cream. I’ll note that I liked the thinner patties that were more crunchy! Thanks for another great recipe!

  9. Brandy

    August 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, these are excellent! I’ve been meaning to make them for awhile now and finally did (now regretting we didn’t try them sooner!) My picky 17 mo wolfed one down and I am thrilled, knowing how much chard was packed into just one. Love ‘em!

  10. s_hart

    May 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    These look great! I have kale in the house- would that work as well?

    • s_hart

      May 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      well i tried it with a mix of kale and spinach and they were great! My 2 1/2 year old son ate them up calling them green cake (like crab cake)… :)
      Thanks!!!

  11. SD

    May 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    These really are that good! Mine were a little too soggy to form firm patties, though. Next time I’m going to get the water out of the steamed chard with the salad spinner.

  12. Laura

    February 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    How much frozen spinach would you use?

    • catherine

      February 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Just one package :)

  13. Tera

    October 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I agree with Meg – surprisingly good. My toddler and I gobbled them up. I’ll double the recipe next time. :-)

  14. Jessica

    October 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Probably a stupid question but when steaming the swiss chard, do you put it in a steamer basket or submerge it in the boiling water?

    • catherine

      October 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

      i put it in a basket :)

  15. Lea

    September 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Do I see red in those patties? Looking through the ingredienrs, I don’t see the recipe calling for any tomatoes or red bell peppers? I’ve never used swiss chard, maybe that’s the red?? Also, would frozen chopped spinach work???

    • catherine

      September 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      There is some red in swiss chard – the stems comes in different colors of red to yellow. You can use spinach but make sure you really squeeze out all the water.

      • Ludicrous Mama

        December 30, 2012 at 2:17 am

        So do you use the stems too? The ingredients make it look like you remove the stems then chop just the leaves.

      • Maurine

        April 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        When you removed the stems, did you just remove up to where the leaves started, or did you take all of the green leafy part off of the red stem all the way to the top?

        • catherine

          April 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

          Remove the entire stem! Fold the leaf in half and slice the stem right off!

  16. magpye

    August 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Just wanted to add that I call them green biscuits to get around the whole “cookie” and “treat” thing, meaning something sweet.

  17. Meg

    August 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    SOOOOO good! I have to say – I’m amazed at how good they are. I mean, I figured they’d be decent or you wouldn’t post the recipe. But they are good to the point where I CRAVE them! Little side of light soy sauce is a great accompaniment – thanks yet again for a fantastic item.

  18. magpye

    July 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    These are **really** good. I am out of sesame seeds and have been craving sage (I miss it in the summer) so I added some sage. It was really good, but since my daughter wanted to dip them into marinara sauce, I will probably try basil or rosemary next time. I think my husband will like them, too! I think these would be good made bite size as cocktail party finger foods.

  19. Betsy

    June 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

    YUMMY! My kids gobbled these up. I used Collard Greens and served them with ketchup for lunch. The sesame seeds add a nice flavor. My son asked if we could call them Delicious Treats! Thank you for another great way to eat our greens.

  20. Jennifer

    November 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I just made a dozen of these and my little one (who refuses all green things) has had two already! I’m wondering how they store best and for how long?

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