Truth be told, I am pretty much counting down the days until Penelope is old enough to eat solid foods. Yes, she is only 2 months old, but there is something so exciting about seeing your baby try new foods for the first time. When we first started solids with Harper, we tried the baby-led weaning method and honestly, it was super fun. No baby food purees to make, no force-feeding, just watching your little one explore their food and learn to eat on their own.
Starting around 7 months old, these easy cheesy broccoli bites quickly became one of Harper’s favorite foods. And I love them for so many reasons:
- perfect for little hands to hold
- 4 simple ingredients
- easy side dish for dinner
Side Note: how adorable are those divided plates for toddlers? You can snag some on Amazon. We’re obsessed!
Easy Cheesy 4 Ingredient Broccoli Bites
Yield: 20 mini broccoli bites
2 1/2 cups broccoli (can use fresh or frozen)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 1 cup shredded mild yellow cheddar and 1/2 cup shredded mild white cheddar)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup plain whole wheat breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Chop broccoli into tiny florets and steam for 2-3 minutes until tender.
- Mix all 4 ingredients together in a large bowl.
4. Form small patties and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, then gently flip the patties and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Allow broccoli bites to cool completely on baking sheet.
- Transfer entire baking sheet (with parchment paper and broccoli bites) into the freezer.
- Freeze for 20 minutes until the broccoli bites are frozen.
- Transfer broccoli bites to a freezer bag.
- Label bag and freeze!
- If you’re making these for baby-led weaning purposes, I recommend using plain breadcrumbs without any added ingredients. Most store-bought breadcrumbs contain lots of salt and sugar.
- If making these for a toddler, feel free to add a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. – for baby-led weaning, I personally wouldn’t add any salt.
- These keep in the freezer for about a month. Be sure to flash-freeze on the baking sheet first (as noted above) – otherwise they will all freeze together in one big clump!
- I have made these dairy-free before (for my husband) by using Daiya shredded cheddar cheese.
Recipe slightly adapted from Stacey Snacks Online
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