Yay for Broccoli Bites!!
This easy to whip up snack is one of Ren’s, and my, favorites!
It’s healthy and makes a large enough amount that I throw them in the freezer to pull out and pop in the toaster oven for, as Ren likes to call it:
I just went through my email “archives” (since I don’t delete anything but real ‘junk’) and saw that I got this recipe from one of my favorite-in-the-whole-world mommy friends, Greta, on January 29, 2010!
I actually can’t believe I was making these for Ren a year ago, when he was just 8 months old, but I do remember cutting the nuggets into quarters so that he could just gum the tiny pieces.
I like to make up a batch during nap (I don’t recommend much “help” with these – my son loves to eat anything out of a mixing bowl and the raw egg just creeps me out!) so that they are warm out of the oven for an “after-nap ‘nack!”
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 head broccoli (or 16 oz. frozen package) broccoli
Steamed, drained, and chopped
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
I usually make some homemade breadcrumbs – they are easy!
Toast 3-4 pieces of whole wheat bread, let cool and:
Grind up in a mini-prep
For “seasoned” breadcrumbs I add 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
Sprinkle some parmesan cheese (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Add 3 large eggs (for kids 1+)
5 egg yolks (for kids younger than 1!)
Combine ingredients by hand until well mixed
Shape into nuggets and place on a pan coated with cooking spray
(Lightly spray the top of the nuggets also)
Bake at 375˚ F for 25-30 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes
(Mom too – I love these things!)