Toddler Friendly Broccoli Bites

Ever since my baby girl started eating solids, I have been scouring my brain, social media, recipe books, and suggestions from other mamas to help me in  my quest to get her to eat more vegetables. Now, I am extremely lucky that she LOVES zucchini. She will eat it any time of the day. But, this is really the only non-starch vegetable I have been successful with. I got away with green beans for quite some time but now she just throws them on the floor. She is just about to be 1.5 years old and I feel like I am constantly feeding her the same thing.

So, I digress. I decided to start getting a little more adventurous with what I feed her. And this is my first attempt in a very long time to try something new. Now, you may be asking yourself “why have you been in such a cooking rut?” Well, did I mention I also have an infant? Well, I do. So, for the last two or three months (because, let’s be real – the last few weeks of my pregnancy I was not in any mood to try new things), I have just been getting by.

Luckily, this morning I woke up with a renewed sense of motivation – though I have no idea how considering my baby woke up three times to nurse and my toddler woke up at 3:00 am with teething pain. Nonetheless, I persisted once I was able to get her down for a nap. This recipe is rather simple, I think. It has few ingredients and requires little prep time.

I gave this to my toddler for dinner along with some pasta and protein and to my surprise, she actually ate it! Now, she didn’t eat all of it, but she ate quite a few pieces. And, that is a HUGE victory in my book. That means she doesn’t hate it. Which means, I can maybe, just maybe feed this to her a few times per week! Hooray! This recipe made about 30 bites for me – so the nutritional value reflects this quantity (6 servings — 5 bites each)!

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Raw Broccoli
  • 1 Egg
  • 2/3 Cups Bread Crumbs (I make my own with sourdough bread and a baby bullet)
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano  (or whatever herb you prefer – Rosemary, basil, etc…)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 400°F and place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then place aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, finely chop the broccoli and add to a mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
  • Place mixture on the baking sheet in a thin rectangular later, patted down so the mixture sort of mushes together.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until it begins to brown. Remove and let cool.  Cut into desired size for your little one! I chose little squares that are easy for little hands. Serve warm alone or with your favorite sauce!

1 Serving = 5 Bites… values are approximate

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