We’ve made these simple veggie nuggets so many times and they always go down well so today I’m sharing our easy recipe. This recipe is so easy as you don’t need to measure out exact amounts and it’s a great one for little ones to help you with.
Although a bit messy, letting little hands help with meal preparation is a great way to encourage them to try new foods – you never know you might be surprised at what they’ll eat if they’ve made it.
In these nuggets we used the below but you can add any vegetables / quantities you have
- 2 medium potatoes
- 2 medium carrots
- Frozen peas
- 1/2 a head of broccoli
- 1 small egg beaten
- Grated cheese (we probably used around 75g)
- Breadcrumbs (we made are own using 3 slices wholemeal bread)
How to make Veggie Nuggets
1. Firstly cook all the vegetables using whatever method you prefer. I boiled the potatoes and carrots first then later added the broccoli and peas. The sweetcorn was tinned so didn’t need cooking first. You could also steam or microwave them. As long as they’re cooked it doesn’t matter.
2. Transfer all cooked vegetables to a bowl and blend. I always mash them but you could also put in a food processor if your kids prefer a really smooth consistency.
3. Whilst still hot add the cheese and stir so it melts into the mixture.
4. Add the egg and mix well and season to taste. As Baby J is still under 1 I didn’t add any salt just a small amount of pepper and fresh herbs (if I have any).
5. Make the nuggets! This is the fun and very messy part. It’s impossible not to make a mess when doing this part with kids (hence why I couldn’t take any photos as it sticks to your hands!). Roll a small handful of the mixture into a ball, coat in the breadcrumbs and then flatten slightly before placing on a baking sheet. They will feel really soft and like they’ll fall apart but once cooked they’re fine.
5. Place in a pre-heated over at 200 degrees for around 25 – 30 minutes turning halfway through.
This mixture made around 25 nuggets and we placed the rest in the freezer before cooking them so I have a quick and healthy meal ready that just needs defrosting and putting in the oven.
We served ours with homemade chips and baked beans but as well as having alongside a main meal these also make a great snack and can be eaten hot or cold so perfect for lunch boxes or picnics.
A few months ago Baby J decided he wouldn’t eat vegetables any more if served as a finger food but if disguised in something like these veggie nuggets he demolishes them….not sure if he’ll feel the same way once he’s old enough to know whats in them!