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Fiona's Vegetable Nuggets

Freezable, chaps, and quick. Two major pluses in my book.

“Cheesy Vegetable Nuggets

8oz frozen broccoli florets
4oz breadcrumbs
6oz Cheddar, grated
2 1/2 tbsp water
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Heat the oven to 375 deg F, 190 deg C.
Cook the broccoli, then drain and chop well.
Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Form the mixture into nugget shapes and place on a greased baking tray, about 3in apart.
Bake for 20-25 mins, turning halfway through the cooking time.
Serve warm.

I tend to make them with frozen mixed veg rather than just broccoli. They do spread out when cooking, I’ve found that making little balls and cooking in mini-muffin tray works well. Warning, they are really moreish and I’m sure I eat more than she does!”

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35 Responses to “Fiona's Vegetable Nuggets”

  1. sarah mottershead says:

    HI Fiona, quick question – do you freeze them before or after cooking? Thanks Sass x

    • Aitch says:

      aha! I will see if someone knows on the forum, i don’t think i ever froze them myself. (not that i am Fiona, i am Aitch). they are tasty, though, i do remember that.

  2. Mummyto1 says:

    I’ve made these lots of times and often freeze them. I freeze after cooking and then just heat up in the oven once defrosted (they do go a bit soft once defrosted but perk up in the oven). You can probably stick them straight in the oven to warm from frozen too…

  3. sarah mottershead says:

    Thanks all. I will defo give these a try.

  4. Dee says:

    I made these today for our lunch and even our 4 year old loved them! Packing some up for my mother too! Yummy!

  5. Anu says:

    Thank you, great recipe. I made these with cauliflower…the biggest lunch my 8 month old has had yet…(even after mummy stole a “few”)

  6. claire says:

    they are fab my 9 month old boy loves them he growls if he runs out, i am quite partial to them too and my 3 yr old is warming to them

  7. Claire says:

    Yum yum yum! I used half Emmental and half red leicester and mixed frozen veg…not sure if Jude will like them as they took quite a while to prepare and he’s in bed now but I approve :)

  8. Digby'smum says:

    This is the first thing my 8 month old has eaten rather than just chucked on the floor!! THANK YOU! X

  9. Karen says:

    Wow, my 6.5 month old cried when these were finished! He loved them. They’re delicious…thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    • Aitch says:

      the nippers love ’em, don’t they? i confess my great relationship with broccoli didn’t survive my second pregnancy…

  10. Rebekah says:

    So tasty!

  11. vicky says:

    can you use non frozen veg?! no freezer at ours.

  12. Sarah says:

    Oh my giddy aunt!! Just cooked these up for lunch today, went down an absolute storm with my fussy little cherub – mummy scoffed quite a few as well!

  13. Rachel says:

    My little one can’t have cows milk, so no cheese! Any suggestions on what I could put in its place? Thanks

  14. Carrie says:

    Hi there, we are a vegan family and I made these for my 8 month old using soya cheese which seemed to work quite well and were quite tasty too!

  15. Rachel says:

    He is advised not to have soya either because of the estrogen (can’t spell it!) levels in it… So no yogurt for him either : / was wondering if u could make then with the cheese maybe? Use an egg to bind it?

  16. Rebekkah says:

    Looks good!

    Do you have any estimate for how those weights translate into cups? I don’t have a scale to weigh out food in oz.

  17. Kirstie says:

    Have just made these with leftover roasted sweet potato and they’re delicious! Made them in mini muffin tin – turned first batch out half way through so could turn over but there was no need to – second batch stayed in tin and were fine.

  18. Rachel says:

    Sorry, just realised I put with cheese…. I meant to say without the cheese!! I sooo want to make these!!x

  19. Helen says:

    How many nuggets does this quantity of ingredients make roughly? Thanks!

  20. Jo says:

    I make about 12 larger size nuggets in a muffin tin, and use finely chopped peppers and onion instead of broccoli. I fry them in a little butter then leave to cool before mixing with everything else, and they’re AWESOME! Baby loves them!

  21. Jayne says:

    I made these with chicken and carrot and turnip, rolled into a large ball and flattened on to a baking tray then brushed with olive oil and covered in breadcrumbs front and back- ooked for 25 mins, and cut into wedges that the whole family eat

  22. Catherine says:

    I made them yesterday and added a bit of tomato purée. So nice. Even my fussy 13 yr old niece like them

  23. Sarah says:

    These are awesome! I make them G-Free and Vegan, using Daiya Cheddar Shreds and GF Breadcrumbs. My kids love them!

    When using a mini muffin tray, how long would you bake for?

  24. ros says:

    Yep these are awesome!!!!!!!!!! My son is super fussy and has a tiny appetite but these always get eaten when all else is rejected. Thanks for the frozen veg tip. Will try with that this week. Btw i use bread sticks in a pessel and morter (if thats how you spell it) instead of bread crumbs x

  25. Claire P says:

    These are great, my little one loves them. I’m sure he doesn’t realise he’s eating lots of healthy veg.

  26. Helen says:

    Has anyone tried reheating in a microwave? The nursery my LO attends doesn’t have an oven. TIA

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