Recipe share: Broccoli Balls. If your kids don’t like broccoli this is a good recipe to try!

Recipe share: Broccoli Balls. If your kids don’t like broccoli this is a good recipe to try!

Recipe share: Broccoli balls.

If your kids don’t like broccoli then this is a good recipe to try!
It’s a recipe kindly shared by Caroline a fellow insta mum @theutltimatefeeder.
Caroline posts amazing pictures of the food she has made/is making for her family. Her meals are often serve as inspiration for some of the meals I make my family. My current obsession with making sweet and sour chicken is down to her!
When I ask mums if they’d like to be involved in a recipe share I keep it open so that they can share anything that they’d like to. Whether that be a family fave, kids meals or crowd pleaser. Caroline has kindly shared a few recipes but I felt that this one deserved a post of it’s own.
Move over boring kids snack food, here come the broccoli balls…!
Broccoli is a great source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins. It’s great for building strong bones (thanks to the vitamin K,), is said to improve heart and eye health so along with sweet potato these little balls of goodness are also very good for keeping you all healthy.

Why do your kiddies/family like this recipe?

We are always on the go so I need to have snacks on me at all times!
This is such a handy one to have for picnics, nibbles or as part of a lunch. I love these because
they can be prepared in advance and I’m all about #failtopreparepreparetofail!!
They have broccoli, sweet potato and cheese in them so they are healthy and filling –
sounds like a #mumwin to me! Adults love them aswell because well, who doesn’t
love broccoli cheese?!
I found this recipe in a library book called “Baby At The Table” by Michela Chiappa. I
have simplified it here. The library is such a great resource. I love having a browse of
recipe books there while my wee ones have a play.

Cooking Time (including prep)

I’d say an hour start to finish. Yeah, I know, not the quickest but it’s the ball rolling
that takes the time so a good one to turn into an activity for the kiddies!

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3-4 handfuls of breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 egg
  • Approx 60g grated parmesan
  • 2 handfuls of cornflakes
Any cheat/variation on ingredients that you use?
You could use cauliflower instead of broccoli, cheddar instead of parmesan, crushed
cream crackers instead of breadcrumbs. You could also roll in seeds or nuts should
the notion take you! It’s such an adaptable recipe.

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
  • Chop broccoli and sweet potato and put in pan to boil with peeled garlic clove
  • Once tender, drain well and cool a bit
  • Meantime, crush the cornflakes (I do this by putting them in a freezer bag and
  • just crushing with my hands. Good stress relief!) and grate the parmesan
  • Get plate ready with breadcrumbs on it to roll balls in (I got a packet of fresh
  • breadcrumbs in m&s once but often I just grate crusty bread)
  • Put the broccoli, sweet potato and garlic into a bowl and blitz with a stick
  • blender
  • Add the teaspoon of thyme, egg, parmesan and breadcrumbs.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add more breadcrumbs if it feels to sticky to roll
  • Roll in cornflakes and place on greased baking tray
  • Bake for 25mins
Enjoy!
I guess with this one you could also use different types of veg – I may give it a try with peas or chickpeas. The options are endless and if it means that I’m getting a few more veggies in our snacks then that’s a good thing. Also good as a healthy keep in the fridge snack for the adults.
Here’s a bit about Caroline:

I am Caroline McAllister aka The Ultimate Feeder. I am obsessed with food and feeding people with particular interests in entertaining and weaning.  I am mummy to two girls aged 4years and 2years. They love to help me create tasty food in the kitchen and I am proud to say they are two of the best eaters I know! If you are stuck for meal, snack or cake inspiration then take a peek at my instagram account @theultimatefeeder.

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