I love eating vegetables but sometimes you have to jazz them up a little for the kiddos. If you’re looking for a quick veggie side dish, try these various veggie patties and pancakes. They’re always a hit at my dinner table (especially with my husband).

The following recipes come from Weelicious. She has a ton of amazing, yummy, and kid-friendly recipes.

Weelicious’s Broccoli Cheddar Patties

The original recipe just calls for broccoli and potatoes, which are very tasty, but we’ve also made them using spinach, zucchini, and cauliflower. You might also be able to substitute cauliflower or sweet potato for russet potatoes or try adding carrots. This is just a great basic recipe for a yummy vegetable side.IMG_4928


  • 2 russets potato, peeled and cubed OR 2 cups of cauliflower
  • 1 cup broccoli florets OR 1 cup baby spinach lightly sautéed and 1 peeled zucchini
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 tablespoons panko or bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

1. Place the potato cubes in a steamer pot over boiling water OR just boil them for 8 minutes. Remove and let cool.

IMG_49242. Add the broccoli AND/OR cauliflower to the steamer pot and steam the vegetables for an additional 2 minutes. If using spinach, sautee it in the pan rather than steam. To add zucchini or carrots, first grate them and pan sautee them.  Once finished cooking, allow them to cool with the potatoes.

3. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl and chop the broccoli or spinach into small pieces (see photo).

4. Add the broccoli (or spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, etc), cheese, panko, salt, egg, garlic and onion powder to the bowl and combine.

5. Roll the mixture into balls, about 2 inches large, coat them in

additional panko or breadcrumbs and then shape each one into a small patty.*

6. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat, place the patties in the skillet and press down with a spatula to flatten a little.

7. Pan-fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.

*To Freeze: After Step 5, place the patties on a baking sheet and freeze for one hour. Put the patties in zipper bags and label. Defrost when ready to use and cook following step #7. **We always have enough to freeze and I make these as a side for lunch or dinner multiple times a week.**

Other yummy vegetable sides from Weelicious:

Broccoli Cheese Patties

Green Veggie Pancakes

Kale Chips