Monday, March 5, 2012

Veggie Bites

Since my little guy really loves my spinach balls so much, I decided to try making another type of bite size veggie ball. These veggie bites are made with broccoli, zucchini, and carrots. They are a great source of vitamin A, and C, folate, potassium, calcium and fiber. These are for little ones 10+ months who are ready for finger foods.

Here's what you need:
1 cup organic broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
1 zucchini
1 to 2 large organic carrots or 5 organic baby carrots peeled
1 garlic clove minced
1 egg
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375F. Put 1 cup broccoli in a small pot over medium high heat with 1/4 cup water. Cover and steam for approx 5 minutes. While broccoli is steaming, peel and chop zucchini and carrots and set aside in large mixing bowl. Drain broccoli and run under cool water. Put broccoli, zucchini and carrots in a food processor and mince (approx 15 to 30 seconds, DO NOT PUREE it will ruin consistency). Scoop minced veggies into large mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, nutmeg and egg. Stir until mixed. If the mixture seems runny at all add more breadcrumbs. Roll the mixture in your hands to make little balls. Place on ungreased baking pan and place in oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool and serve. Serving size for your little one is 4 balls. Enjoy!

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