Are you looking for ways to make broccoli more appealing? These broccoli nuggets are easy to make and kids love the broccoli cheddar combo!
Broccoli. Just that word alone can conjure up the shake of a child’s head and a firm, ‘no’ when it comes to eating this nutritious food.
What’s a mom to do? Broccoli Nuggets to the rescue! Kids love nuggets of any kind, and the cheddar and broccoli combination is sure to get their stamp of approval. These easy, make ahead nuggets, are great for the lunch box, an after school snack, or quick dinner on the go. Pair them with a small container of homemade ranch or ketchup for dipping.
When I say they are easy to make, I mean it. Check out this quick video and see for yourself.
You’ll love that they are getting a bit of green veggies into their day, and they’ll love the kid friendly flavor.
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The combination of broccoli and cheddar in these Broccoli Nuggets are sure to make them a favorite with kids!
Have you been looking for a healthy homemade chicken nuggets recipe that compares to the texture of the frozen ones? If so, you’ve got to check this one out! Over 1 million people already have.
It’s safe to say chicken nuggets are a favorite of most North American kids. They are found in many restaurants’ “kids menu” and in nearly every freezer. They are also served in most American schools and found, of course, in the boxed lunch section. The ingredients alone will scare any semi-health conscious person.
Why are they so popular? Is it the shapes? I’m not sure but they are simple to make! So why buy them ready-made? Our comparison of store-bought vs. homemade will have you wondering the same thing.
Round 1 : Contents
Our store bought chicken nugget lunch was quite a disappointment! The first thing I noticed was how little food it contained. This is a lunch? 4 processed nuggets, ketchup for dipping sauce, and 2 sandwich cookies. It lacked nutrition and quantity.
The MOMables remake also contains 4 fresh chicken nuggets (homemade-recipe below), dipping sauce (barbecue instead of ketchup), and 2 sandwich cookies. In addition, ours has the fruit & vegetable servings missing from the boxed lunch; crunchy carrot stick “fries” and juicy grapes. Better! The MOMables lunch includes more food groups!
Round 2 : Nutrition
Nutritionally, the chicken nugget portions size is similar… though our homemade ones do have almost 40% more protein – my guess is probably because they contain real chicken and less filler. Our homemade nuggets also have less sodium than the processed and even less depending on your seasonings. With the boxed lunch, you get sodium, preservatives, nitrates…
The cookies I chose for the MOMables lunch do have as much sugar, calories, and fat as those that come with the boxed lunch, but they are made without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
Round 3 : Appeal
The boxed lunch may come in a colorful package, but out of the box, it looks lacking, it’s nuggets pale. The MOMables chicken nugget lunch, packed in EasyLunchboxes, gets it’s color from fresh flavorful ingredients rather than packaging.
Which would you rather send your child to school with?
THIS chicken nugget lunch?…Or THAT one?
Check out this easy video on how they are made:
Tip: Bake a whole batch of these chicken nuggets ahead of time, then store in the freezer in an airtight bag or container. Warm a serving in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to thaw before packing lunch. Fast & delicious!
These baked nuggets don’t brown but will dry out if you cook them too long. Check for doneness around minute 18.
To Freeze: freeze the breaded nuggets on a cookie sheet, then transfer them to an airtight bag or container and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to bake as few or as many as you like for up to 3 months. Add about 3-5 minutes to your usual cooking time if baking from frozen.
Goodbye processed nuggets. Hello veggies for picky eaters.
Having been around my fair share of kiddos, I’ve found that even the pickiest eaters seem to like “nuggets”. They are an American kid food staple. Unfortunately, most of these nuggets are highly processed, and have very little nutritional value.
Why feed our kids food empty of nutrition? I like that you can make these for dinner and recruit your little ones to help shape or bread the nuggets. In addition, they are perfect for the lunchbox since they are just fine at room temperature. If you need more lunchbox ideas, click here. We’ll email you some.
Today I am going to be sharing a recipe for nuggets with you. I apologize in advance for them not being shaped like dinosaurs, but instead they are packed full of veggies and fresh ingredients. I used a cookie scoop to shape them but you could easily make them with your hands.
To make them, you start with ½ large cauliflower and 1 broccoli crown.
Boil your cauliflower and broccoli together, until they are cooked and soft (about 10 minutes).
Remove from water and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Place cauliflower and broccoli inside a food processor and process for a minute or two, until it’s thoroughly combined.
Add eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasoning to the veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until evenly combined. If veggie paste is too sticky, add additional bread crumbs. This will vary based on the size of your broccoli and cauliflower heads.
Using a cookie scoop (you can use a 1 or 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, depending on how big you want your nuggets to be), place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment line baking sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Once they are cooked, they look like little macaroons. My kids liked to dip theirs in marinara sauce.
These also freeze very well. All you do is place uncooked nugget scoops onto a baking sheet, and place them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can store them in a gallon freezer bag. On busy nights, pull them out of the freezer, preheat oven, and bake an additional 2-3 minutes. These veggie nuggets are great to send in your child’s lunch.
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To freeze: Place uncooked nugget scoops on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. To bake again, preheat