I recently got a job as a nanny to two ADORABLE two-year-olds. They are just about the cutest twins you’ll ever see and sometimes I can’t believe I get to play with them all day. It’s pretty much the best job ever. But every job has its challenges. Mine is vegetables. Getting toddlers to eat good stuff isn’t easy.
I’ve noticed that when I give them options, they eat all of the things they like, then leave the other stuff on the plate. To fix this, I decided to start making food that is all mixed together so they can’t separate it.
I was telling my sister, Beth, about my dilemma over the phone and she mentioned broccoli bites! I looked them up on Pinterest and google but didn’t find a recipe I liked. So I came up with my own. The concept is simple. Take all the things you want a kid to eat, bind it together with eggs, make it taste yummy with cheese, then bake it like cookies!
I decided to use chicken, broccoli, carrots, and rice. Next time I might try something like corn, chicken, mushrooms, and peppers. Whatever direction you decide to go, your kids (and YOU) will love these easy-to-eat, hand-held, no-mess bites!
The process goes like this: First, cook everything to mush. Mash it up with an egg or two. Then add breadcrumbs and cheese till it’s the right consistency. Scoop. Bake at 400. EAT!
- 1 Head Broccoli (cooked soft, drained)
- 2 Medium Carrots (cooked soft)
- 1 Large Chicken Breast (cooked and shredded)
- ½ Medium Onion, chopped (can be cooked with carrots or broccoli)
- 1½ C. Cooked Rice
- 1½ C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- 2 Eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients except eggs in a large bowl.
- Smash with a fork to mix, then add salt and pepper to taste (garlic powder and herbs may be added as well).
- Stir in the eggs.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or bakers parchment.
- Using a cookie scoop, spoon the mixture onto the tray, being sure they don't touch. (they can be placed closely because they don't spread).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the tops are golden brown.