Cheesy Broccoli Bites


So far Peanut still loves his green veggies
and he has a new found obsession with cheese.

I can hardly eat it without him giving me those eyes,
wondering why I'm not sharing.

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I'm sure that if your little doesn't like their greens, 
then this would be a great way to get them to eat them.

When I came across this recipe here on Pinterest I knew I had to try it.
I slightly adjusted the time and temperature to yield a softer nugget
but it would be great with a crispy outside if your little can handle that.
Just a bit of tweaking of the recipe and Peanut and I both sat down for this meal.

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Cheesy Broccoli Bites

1 lb broccoli, 
1 1/2 cup cheddar, grated
3 large eggs
heaping 3/4 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350.

Steam broccoli over 1 inch of water, about 6 minutes.
Once broccoli is steamed chop it into pieces. 
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with olive oil (or use parchment paper) 
Scoop mixture with a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon and then flatten into a patty onto the sheet.

Bake your bites for about 15 minutes or until just turning golden on the bottom.

Let them cool and serve them to your little.
Try not to eat them all yourself.


*Variation
-You could use a variety of different veggies like cauliflower, kale, spinach, or asparagus
-Add chicken, turkey, pork or beef
-Use a different cheese like gouda, swiss or mozzarella
-Add different herbs and spices
-Use homemade bread crumbs with your own seasonings
-Serve with ranch, hummus or soup to dip in

*Storage
Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
I haven't tried them frozen and thawed yet but I will report back.

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*Benefits

Broccoli is known as having cancer fighting properties, lots and lots of cancer fighting properties
as well as protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamins C & A, folate,
magnesium, phosphorus and beta-carotene.

Eggs are a fantastic source of protein with all 9 essential amino acids.
They contain choline, vitamins B2, B12 and D, phosphorus and selenium.

Cheese contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, folate and vitamins A, E, K and D.

4 comments:

  1. Yumm! Love that this is a little closer to finger foods- E has been resisting purees lately so this is fun!

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  2. Made these tonight and they are really yummy! I've had 3 of them while letting them cool! Great recipe! I'm sure my kids will love them too!

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