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Veggie Nuggets for Kids

It’s a good thing my kid loves food just as much as her shoes…

Because she really loves her shoes… I mean like, really…

If I let her sleep in her shoes she would.

These veggie nuggets climbed straight to the top of her favorites list! Whenever I make something for the first time she’s always a little hesitant. She’ll take a little nibble to test the waters, maybe take a gulp of milk, and if she likes it, she’ll nibble some more.

Maybe it was the fact that these were in nugget form that appealed to her. Maybe it was because these are made from the classic all-star kid veggie mix of carrots, peas, corn, green beans, & lima beans.

Recipe adapted from Nickelodeon.com

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (half a bag) frozen mixed veggies (carrots, peas, corn, green beans, & lima beans)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Juice of 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook veggies according to package directions. Let cool. Place veggies in a food processor and pulse a few times (don’t over process). In a large bowl, combine veggies, bread crumbs, egg, salt, garlic powder, lemon juice, & olive oil. Mix well using the back of your spoon to continue to mash the veggies.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Using a small scooper (I used a melon ball scooper), scoop the mixture onto the baking sheet. Using your hand, shape into a nugget form.

Bake at 350 degree for 40 minutes. Flip nuggets to other side after 20 minutes.

These nuggets will forever be in our lives (at least till she grows out of them 😉 )

27 Responses

  1. Faith @ lovelyascharged said on March 31, 2011 at 8:11 am

    For kids? Heck, I’m making these for me!

  2. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life said on March 31, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Oh my goodness–these look so amazing!

  3. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 31, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I agree 🙂 Mr. Weekly Bite couldn’t stop eating these!!

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on March 31, 2011 at 8:25 am

    heck, i’d eat these! i can’t believe how light her hair is getting! such a pretty girl 🙂

  5. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 31, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Thank you Heather 🙂

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet said on March 31, 2011 at 8:48 am

    these should be titled “veggie nuggets for jessica” because i would totally eat veggies this way!

  7. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Hahaha! You are too funny 🙂

  8. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on March 31, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Isn’t it great when your kids eat vegetables! It makes me feel like I’m doing something right. Besides, who wouldn’t love a veggie nugget?

  9. C@TheGiacobbeDiaries said on March 31, 2011 at 9:11 am

    These look super easy and sound delish. I bet they would make great snacks for me and the hubs now that we are trying to be healthy.

    And you know you’re in trouble if she’s already loving shoes now!

  10. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on March 31, 2011 at 9:15 am

    These look great Estela! Definitely not just for kids. These are right up my alley. 🙂

  11. Sarah said on March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Oh,my goodness, I could use more veggies in my own diet. These look like a great solution!

  12. Barbara said on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I am going to try these. I think we all would like these…maybe even my pickiest eater!

  13. Alison @ Ingredients, inc. said on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    OMG! I can’t way to try these and make these for my 3 kids! Great one!

  14. Heidi said on March 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    What’s with little girls and shoes? Haha.. My son couldn’t have cared less and my daughter, as soon as she could move on her own was over at the shoes and chewing on them. Ew! Anyways, the nuggets look amazing! Forget the kids, even I love things like this. I especially love that they’re baked. Awesome!

  15. Camille said on March 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Genius!

  16. Lisa Suriano said on March 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Mmm YUM! These look delish!

  17. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on March 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    These look delicious! I want to eat everything you make for your daughter.

  18. Kelly said on March 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Ha…for kids…I want these!!

  19. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods said on March 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Love these! I hope it’s ok for adults to enjoy because these have my name written all over them! I’m having visions of a “grown-up” version as well. So fun!

  20. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on March 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I love making veggie nuggets. Such a fun way to eat your veggies! I love how you’ve included mixed veggies–great idea.

  21. Carrie said on March 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Ohhh! I can’t wait to try these out on my three little girls. Looks so yummy 🙂

  22. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said on March 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    you always make me hit the bookmark button =) delish! the hubs would love these!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  23. Anne Keo said on March 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    These look like a great lunch dish, snack, or side to dinner. Very versatile. Do they freeze and reheat well? (I’m a big fan of stocking my freezer to make life easier.)

  24. Toni said on March 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    What a gorgeous little girl!!!! 🙂
    Those nuggets are such a great idea!

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on March 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Estela they look awesome!! I need to make something like this..I can even freeze/reheat as necessary. Great idea 🙂

  26. Anne@butterandbear said on April 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

    What a brillant idea! My kids won’t even touch a vegetable, but I never though to make vegetables in nugget form.

  27. Mary said on April 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I added ground turkey to the veggie mixture and ground up the veggies more. They make great meatballs this way!