Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Toddler Food - Broccoli Cheese Nuggets

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Today, I totally earned the title of "best mom ever" at lunch time.

I made peanut butter and banana sandwiches, homemade applesauce (see my recipe here), and homemade broccoli cheese nuggets. We enjoyed our lunches on the living room floor while watching Cady's favorite Mickey Mouse show. She is currently very happily napping, and I am happily sitting on my butt enjoying the peace and quiet.

I love these broccoli cheese nuggets. They are soft, delicious, and nutritious and my baby girl loves them. Plus, they are great to make a big batch and freeze in individual servings. They're ideal for toddlers learning to self-feed, but I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoy complimenting my own meals with these veggie nuggets.

1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 1/4 cups shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar)
2 1/2 tbsp water
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1. Cook and chop the broccoli. I use my Chopper to save me time and energy here.
2. Combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, water, olive oil, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
3. Stir the chopped broccoli in with the breadcrumb mixture.

4. Take small handfuls of the mixture and form into nugget shapes. Place them on a greased or foil-lined baking sheet. (I use foil out of pure laziness, but the cheese sometimes sticks when I take the nuggets off.)

5. Bake for about 10 minutes at 375*.
6. Flip the nuggets over and bake for another 10 minutes (watch so that they don't burn).
7. Serve warm.

This recipe is for a smaller batch, but I typically double the recipe and wrap 2 pieces together in seran wrap and then put all of my individual servings in a freezer bag. They are so simple to quickly microwave if you need a vegetable filler with your child's lunch or dinner!

After eating a few, we still ended up with 21 2-piece servings in the freezer.


  1. These look really good, can't wait to try them

  2. Just made these! They were pretty easy to whip together. While my 1year old did ok, he got hung up by the crunchy bits. My 9 & 7 year old GOBBLED them and ask for more!! WIN for veggies! Thank you for sharing this!

  3. These look great! I'm going to make them for my 18 month old this weekend in an effort to get more veggies in her diet! Thanks!