Nuggets just got better. Broccoli now has a new fun way of appearing in your meals other than steamed. They make an awesome snack or side dish that kids and adults will enjoy!
Homemade Broccoli Cheese Nuggets
“When in doubt, make nuggets” was my friend Anne’s advice when I asked her how else I could make veggies appealing to my kids. But how exactly do you turn things like broccoli into a nugget?
For a few weeks, I tinkered with the broccoli mixture until it held together well. The result was this kid-approved Broccoli Nuggets recipe made with easy-to-find ingredients. I call them Shrek Nuggets!
Sure, 4-6 nuggets might not be as much broccoli as we’d like, but it’s better than no broccoli. But don’t think nuggets are just for kids. I’ve eaten my share of nuggets in the office packed for lunch, as a healthy snack, and it is a terrific side dish for any family dinner!
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The secret for making these Broccoli Nuggets appealing is adding simple ingredients like cheese and enough seasoning. Check the complete list:
- Broccoli: cut into florets. If using frozen, thaw it first.
- Eggs: to bind the ingredients.
- Bread crumbs: you can use regular or gluten-free bread crumbs, or even panko.
- Cheddar cheese: helps to hold the dough while making these nuggets cheesy.
- Italian Seasoning: it’s crucial to season these nuggets because, otherwise, they are bland. Creole seasoning is another great choice!
- Garlic powder: more flavor!
- Salt: just a little, to enhance the taste.
You’ll find the measurements in the recipe card below.
How to Make Broccoli Nuggets
If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely chop the broccoli by hand, in a blender, or in one of those mini choppers. I’m a one-bowl-and-done kind of gal so I opted for the food processor. One way or the other, if you can roll out meatballs, you can make these nuggets:
- Prep the oven
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Chop broccoli
Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add the other ingredients
Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese, and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
- Make the nuggets
Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
- Baking time!
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Check out how easy these Broccoli Nuggets are to make in this video:
More healthy snacks with veggies
There’s something about bite-size that makes everything more appealing! That’s way I’m always looking for new ways to turn veggies into tasty bites that my family can enjoy as a snack or side dish, like these Healthy Broccoli Tots and these Zucchini Savory Waffles.
What are some interesting ways you serve up vegetables at your house?
Broccoli Nuggets Recipe
- 16- ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup bread crumbs or gluten-free bread crumbs
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons favorite seasoning mix, Italian or Creole
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Make the nuggets:
- Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
- Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.