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Jack here, writing for the blog today while Jeanine writes for the book…
I have something to admit that I’m having a hard time with. I’m starting to prefer vegan “mac and cheese” to actual mac and cheese. Now, this is a hard one for me. You see, I love cheese. Almost every time we go to whole foods, I raid the “under $3 cheese” bin to find crazy new cheeses that I can barely pronounce. And a great grilled cheese is work of art.
Nuggets just got better. Broccoli now has a new fun way of appearing in your dinner plates and lunchboxes other than steamed. This Broccoli and Cheese Nuggets Recipe will revolutionize the way you serve broccoli at your house.
“When in doubt, make nuggets” was my friend Anne’s advice when I asked her how else I could make veggies appealing to my kids. It seemed easy enough, right? But how exactly do you turn things like broccoli into a nugget?
I’ve seen veggie nuggets in the freezer isle at Whole Foods but at $ 6 for a small bag it seemed expensive. Plus, one of the brands had soy (an ingredient I avoid in our home) and most had gluten as well. For a few weeks, I tinkered with the broccoli mixture until it held together well. The result was a kid approved recipe made with easy to find ingredients.
In the dozens of emails I receive daily, many parents ask for help to feed their kids more veggies. I always say that you have to try the same vegetable in many different ways. Vegetables have a crunchy texture that changes greatly depending on how you cook them. Some even smell different, like broccoli and cauliflower.
While my daughter now loves steamed broccoli, that wasn’t always the case. My boys still refuse to eat broccoli, but one of them will eat these nuggets without a fuss. Maybe it’s because I call them Shrek Nuggets, but either way, he tolerates them.
Sure, 4-6 nuggets might not be as much broccoli as we’d like our kids to eat; but the reality is that it’s better than no broccoli and every little bit of veggies count towards a serving.
If you can roll out meatballs, you can make these nuggets. Check out how easy they are to make in this video.
If you think that nuggets are just for kids, you are mistaken. I’ve eaten my share of nuggets in the office packed for lunch. You can either pack them at room temperature in a lunchbox or heated inside a thermos.
You’ll find the recipe for the classic version, a gluten free, and a dairy free version. It’s crucial that you season these nuggets because without seasoning, they are pretty bland.
What are some interesting ways you serve up vegetables at your house?
Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. Photo by DonES.
My Irish family has been telling me for yrs (ok, decades) that I was full of blarney & now I get a chance to make it work for me!.
Blarney Grilled Cheese & Chutney Sandwich
by Mary Pat (aka twissis)
Ingredients: butter, cheese, chutney, bread
Spread 1 tsp softened butter on each slice of bread (may use more as needed).
Spread 1 tbsp chutney on unbuttered side of half the slices.
Top chutney w/2 oz sliced Blarney, gouda or smoked gouda cheese.
Place bread slice on top, buttered side out.
Over med-low heat, brown in a lrg skillet (turning once or twice) till cheese is melted (1-2 min per side).
NOTE: Is it not cute the way they have so meticulously told us how to assemble & cook a grilled cheese sandwich? I loved it!