After reading on message boards that other toddlers love Morning Star Vegetable Nuggets, I wanted to try them. We don't have them in Canada, so we picked some up when we got groceries in Maine this past weekend. Isaac loved them (and we had to admit that they were pretty yummy), but they were also over-priced and not available to us on a regular basis. I couldn't find a recipe on any of my usual go-to sites, so I made up my own version this afternoon and they were a hit! The measurements are all approximate because I was just dumping and stirring until it looked right. :)
2 Cups frozen broccoli
1 Cup frozen cauliflower
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 Cup cooking water from vegetables
2/3 Cup flour
1/2 Cup breadcrumbs (plus more for breading)
Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste
A little oil
Put veggies in a pot and cover with water. Cook on medium heat until tender. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and put into a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer or potato masher (or a food processor would be great if you have one) mix and mash the veggies together. Stir in cheese and seasoning. Gradually add cooking water and flour/breadcrumbs until the desired consistency is achieved. (Again, the measurements listed above are approximations I made after I was finished). Chill the mixture in the fridge to allow it to be easier to work with. (I left it for 1-2 hours)
Prepare a skillet over medium heat with just enough oil (canola, vegetable, whatever) to cover the bottom. Using your hands, form patties with the chilled mixture. Dip into breadcrumbs. Place the nuggets into the hot pan. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towel and cool on wire racks.
Yields approximately 35 nuggets.