Hello there February and hello there first recipe of the month. I really can’t believe that it is February already. We’re only a week away from Valentine’s Day and I just can’t get over how fast time flies. Before we know it, it will be Saint Patrick’s Day then Easter and then Summer will be here in no time.
As much as I sometimes wish I could slow time down I am excited for all of the upcoming holidays and seasons. They inspire me to create new, fun, and creative recipes. I can’t wait to see what I come up with and share it with you guys.
Today I am sharing another recipe I created last year and shared on my Instagram. These Broccoli Tots are pretty amazing and a great low-carb option to regular tots. The fact that they’re made with broccoli makes them so healthy and something that can help you moms with picky eaters. They’re a fun green color so you can refer to them as hulk tots or with Saint Patrick’s Day coming up as St. Patty’s Tots. Kids like fun names like that.
If you read my recipe last week for my Beet Chickpea Patties, then you know how I was never too happy with that recipe and decided to look for a way to improve them and make them better. For these tots this isn’t quite the case. I was always content with the quality of the recipe for my Broccoli Tots. The reason for me wanting to improve this recipe was because I wanted to add some nutrition to them.
I decided to use flax meal in these and see how they would come out. Lately I have been inspired to use flax meal more in my foods. Aside from flax seeds being so beneficial to our bodies, I think they make a great substitute for refined flours or bread crumbs.
Flax meal adds the texture needed and holds recipes together while making it more nutritious. You can also very easily replace egg with flax meal in most recipes to make it vegan friendly. Just combine 1 tbsp flax meal with 3 tbsp water to substitute one egg.
With the added flax meal to my Broccoli Tots it has made this even healthier and a great nutritious finger food for your little ones. I love to feed these to Emma for breakfast on the side of scrambled eggs and some fruit. I pour some ketchup on her plate and she has the time of her life dipping her tots in the ketchup and eats them right up.
I like to make these in large batches since they’re freezer friendly. I fill up a zipper bag with them and keep them in my freezer. I thaw some out and throw them back in the oven for a few minutes and I have a veggie side for our breakfast. This is a great way to start the day with a healthy breakfast and a portion of veggies.
Like most of my recipes, this is a very easy and quick recipe to make. It takes less then 10 minutes to prep and about 25 to cook in the oven. I prefer to have these for breakfast as I mentioned but they’re also great to have for a light lunch on the side of some salmon or chicken. They can also make a great appetizer for a dinner party or game day with March Madness right around the corner. Whichever way you decide to have them don’t forget to dip them in ketchup to make them fun like Emma likes them!
- 2 cups shredded broccoli
- 1 cup flax meal
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients together and mix until well blended.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
With your hands, scoop small amounts of broccoli mixture and shape them into tots.
Line tots on baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Let them cool and eat with favorite dipping sauce.