Last week, I asked my Facebook friends for food ideas for their toddlers. My son, Macon, loves green beans and raw carrots. But those are pretty much the only veggies he eats. He does love avocado, hummus, peanut butter and ketchup on any kind of meat we will give her.
As my husband and I become more and more aware of the types of foods we put in our body, we don’t want to leave our son out of the loop. We both want to make sure that we are teaching him how to love a variety of clean and healthy foods so that he doesn’t grow up so tied to processed foods.
I find that anything that is easy to pick up and bite-sized is perfect for a toddler. When I found these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, they looked like the perfect thing to try.
- ¾ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed (be sure to rinse thoroughly!)
- 1½ cups vegetable broth or water (for cooking quinoa)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups broccoli florets, finely diced (I used frozen, thawed them out and then chopped)
- 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced (I was out of onions and just used dried onion flakes. Worked out fine, but fresh onion would be better)
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- Crushed red pepper (optional) to taste (left out due to a toddler’s pallet!)
- In a medium sauce pan, combine quinoa and water (or broth) and cook according to package directions. Let cool.
- In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, eggs, broccoli, onion, garlic, cheese and paprika.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.
- Put a heaping tablespoonful of quinoa mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then gently remove from pan to cool completely
They were really good! I hope you will give them a try and let me know what you think!