So, this was originally going to be a double post. I wanted to share this recipe along with my thoughts on baby food/solids (spoiler alert: I hate them!) and a documentation of James’ little journey with food thus far. But once I got onto the topic of solids, I realized I could do a whole post on them. I also have hilarious video footage of James’ first experience with real food and I will be including in that in the post. So, tune in next week for that plus my thoughts on why I have been struggling with the process of solids. #UGH

So, let’s talk “broccoli tots”. These are good! Even better with rosé (just like every food). Kyle and James both approved – I think James more than Kyle – but nonetheless #WIN! TBH, they are obviously not nearly as good as regular tater tots – but if you are looking for a healthy alternative for yourself that also doubles as a great baby food then you are in the right place with these. Plus, anything crispy that you can dip in ketchup is going to be good. I really made these for James (but of course ate a million myself) and he loved them, BONUS: they freeze/thaw really easily so you can make a big batch! 

PS: This is the best, most beautiful cheese board/platter EVER. Sometimes I even use it as a centerpiece on my island with a vase of flowers on top! Obsessed. 

Is that not the cutest little cactus bib you ever did see? It came in a 4-pack with equally cute ones, and they are organic! Anywho, moving on. I made the regular version for Kyle and I – and a “baby friendly” version for James. Regular/adult version is a lot tastier and you can easily give it to your baby if you want! I just haven’t introduced James to dairy yet so I skipped the cheese (you NEED the cheese if you plan on eating them yourself or feeding them to other adults) and I also used chickpea crumbs because regular Panko crumbs are a bit too processed for my liking and I don’t want to give James anything over-processed yet. He will have plenty of time for that during the rest of his life, so I’m trying to hold off as long as possible for his sake. I sound so annoying with that, I know.

BTW: Speaking of being annoying, here are some more health facts for ya. Panko crumbs contain palm oil, which is very bad for you. Palm oil is in pretty much all processed junk food. Not that I don’t/haven’t/wouldn’t necessarily eat Panko crumbs, but I just discovered chickpea crumbs as a way better/healthier alternative – especially for a baby! They are also gluten free if that’s your thing (I am not gluten free). Also, I always buy blocks of cheese and shred it myself. Pre-shredded cheese contains a gross sawdust-like chemical to prevent the cheese from clumping. Sorry. I’m sure you didn’t want to know any of this but it’s true.

ADULT VERSION:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups or 12 ounces uncooked or frozen broccoli 
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2-1 cup cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup Panko breadcrumbs (I replaced these with Chickpea crumbs)
  • ⅓ cup italian breadcrumbs 
  • 2 tablespoons parsley 
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Ketchup or Ranch Dressing for dipping 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease baking sheet or line with foil (I used coconut oil!).
  2. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and shock with cold tap water to stop the cooking process, and then drain. (I had to Google “blanching” and it’s the easiest thing ever.)
  3. Chop broccoli finely and mix throughly with the egg, onions, cheese, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Use your hands to squeeze the mixture into a firm ball, then shape into a tater-tot shape. Next, Place on your prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 18-24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot with ketchup, sriracha, ranch dressing, or your favorite dipping sauce!

So, I made the baby version of the mixture first (below) then after I cooked a batch of that (I also froze some), I added: cheese, Italian breadcrumbs, and salt to the mixture. Turning it into the “adult version”. This way you aren’t making two totally different recipes. Easy peasy! Also, if you are cool with your baby having all the ingredients in the “adult version” then this will be even easier for you!

BABY VERSION:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups or 12 ounces uncooked or frozen broccoli 
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup chickpea crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease baking sheet or line with foil (I used coconut oil!).
  2. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and shock with cold tap water to stop the cooking process, and then drain. (I had to Google “blanching” and it’s the easiest thing ever.)
  3. Mix broccoli and onion in a food processor to eliminate any chokeable chunks and then combine throughly with the egg, onions, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Use your hands to squeeze the mixture into a firm ball, then shape into a tater-tot shape. Next, Place on your prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 18-24 minutes, turning half way. 

Like I mentioned in the recipe section, I had to Google “blanching”. Is that embarrassing? Are other people out there just blanching things daily and I’m totally out of the loop? I had no clue. BUT! It’s so easy. It is basically just flash boiling. You literally just boil water (add salt), and put the broccoli florets in for 1 minute. Then, immediately transfer into a bowl of ice water to stop from cooking! So simple. Then strain. James is so obsessed with this teether ball – a major lifesaver this week with all his top teeth coming in!I blended the broccoli and onion in the food processor for James because I’m still terrified of choking. More on that in my food post next week. Major sigh.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this high chair. It is great for our small condo because it saves SO much space. However, the tray it came with is dumb (more on that next week) so I just put James food on the counter and it’s a pain in the ass to clean up, plus the high chair itself is kind of a pain to clean. More on high chair drama/plans in my solids post next week, sorry to leave you on the edge of your seat! I know this is just grippingThese are great because they basically crumble immediately upon James’ fat little hands picking them up. So he just shovels the bits into his mouth! I was surprised by how much he loved them because they don’t have as much flavor as the regular version (with cheese, salt, and pepper) but he was a happy camper! I also dipped one in a little ketchup for him and his face was HILARIOUS, firs time with ketchup. After the initial “WTF IS THIS” face, he really liked it!

3 Comments

  1. This is such a interesting concept and I am so curious to try it….

    • Megan Reply

      They are good! Not good like regular tots but good for a healthy version!

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