5 ingredients is all you need to make these Cheesy Baked Broccoli Tots. They are the perfect way to get more veggies into your kiddo’s diet.
Note: I received a copy of Healthy Quick and Easy Baby Food to review. All opinions are my own.
One of the fabulous things about blogging, in my opinion, is the bloggers you get to know along the way. I’ve made lots of friends in these 13 years I’ve been doing this and one of them just released a new book!
Healthy, Quick and Easy Baby Food by my friend, Kathryn M. Doherty from Family Food on the Table, is chock full of recipes that are perfect for your babies, toddlers and even the big kids too! If you’ve ever wanted to take on making your own baby food, this book makes it a cinch!
There are over 100 different recipes in this book. And it is broken up into categories based on age. There is a section for babies aged 6 months that has 1 ingredient purees. A section for combination purees for when your babies are ready to explore bit more. A section for finger foods and lastly a section for Big Kid Meals.
The Big Kid Meals is where I got this recipe for Cheesy Baked Broccoli Tots. And they were a HUGE hit. They taste amazing and they are an easy way to get your kids excited about eating veggies. I mean, who doesn’t love tots?!
Like many of the recipes in this book, you just need a handful of ingredients. This makes it super easy!
BROCCOLI: A fresh head of broccoli cut into florets.
CHEDDAR CHEESE: Freshly shredded works the best, IMHO.
PLAIN BREAD CRUMBS/EGG These will help bind everything together.
ONION: If your kids are like mine, you’ll need to mince this up pretty small so they can’t find it! But the taste it adds is totally worth it!
SALT AND PEPPER
Step #1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
Step #2: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender. Drain very well. Lightly pat dry with paper towels to remove extra moisture.
Step #3: Add the broccoli florets to a large food processor and pulse until they are broken down into small pieces but don’t let them turn into mush.
Step #4: In a large bowl, add broccoli, cheddar, breadcrumbs, onion, eggs, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
Step #5: Using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture, form into tots.
Step #6: Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Turning halfway through. Serve immediately.
These will store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. You can rewarm them in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes.
You can also freeze them for 2 to 3 months. Perfect for a quick snack whenever you want!
This is just 1 of the 100 delectable recipes in this book. Whether you, or someone you know, is looking for healthy recipes to make your babies, toddlers and big kids, then this is the book you need!
Getting your kiddos to each vegetables can be hard, but if they love these Cheesy Baked Broccoli tots, check out these other vegetable side dishes:
Looking for more kid friendly food? Here are some of my kiddos’ favorites!