Noodles can be regarded as a Nigerian food now and is one of the go-to quick meals that most families resort to. Eating noodles on its own offers little or no nutritional value to kids, so other food groups are added to it always, especially vegetables and proteins to make it more palatable and nutritious. I mixed sardine with noodles to make this toddler snack noodles and sardine bites.
Canned sardines that have the bones intact are a great source of calcium and good for children, especially if they are not getting enough milk, which is the main source of calcium. These bites can be offered as a finger food to your toddler to enjoy while they get that dose of calcium and protein benefits from the sardine. You can add this as part of your baby’s school lunch meal especially for those that prefer eating finger food rather than be fed at school.
Noodles and Sardine Bites Recipe
- 1 pack Noodles
- 1 tin Sardine or 2-3 sardine fingers (mashed)
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs (make yours here or here)
- 1-2 Eggs
- Oil for frying
- Remove noodles from pack and put in a bowl of warm water. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes to soften, then drain.
- Once drained, pour noodles into a bowl and add the mashed sardine. Combine both using your hands to softly knead and squish them together.
- Break one egg into bowl, whisk and add about a spoon of it to the noodle mixture. Mix well, roll into ball shapes and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
- Preheat oil in a pan. Break the other egg and whisk into the remaining egg in the bowl. Put breadcrumbs in a flat plate.
- Dip balls in egg, then roll on the breadcrumbs and put in oil to fry till it is golden brown.
- Serve alone or with any sauce or dip your child likes.
Tip: Add some grated carrot or a handful of mashed peas as vegetables to it.