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Baked Broccoli Cheese Bites

baked broccoli cheese bites

In my recent attempt to eat ‘somewhat healthy’, I have been trying to incorporate more veggies in our diet.

Now, although I like to call myself a ‘food lover’, I was a very picky eater as a kid and this trait has since then somewhat continued in my adult life. There are some vegetables that I just cannot shove down my throat – broccoli being onΒ top of that list with cauliflower coming to a close second. 😣

Now although I’ mot a fan of broccoli, it has tons of health benefits – some of which will really amaze you!

baked broccoli cheese bites

If you are keen onΒ learning more, you should check out these 43 Science-Backed Healthy Benefits of Broccoli.Β I’m pretty sure that after reading it, you’ll start eating this veggie even more.

So the other dayΒ as I was browsing through Pinterest, I came across a recipe but wasn’tΒ convinced I will likeΒ it… I mean if I know something has broccoli in it, I already have a big frown on my face.Β 

Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try andΒ was pleasantly surprised by the results! It was so easy plus it doesn’tΒ scream ‘broccoli’ to me. πŸ˜‰ Warm, cheesy and delicious… a clear winner I say!

All you have to do is steam some broccoli, then add in cheese and a little seasoning, form them into bite-size patties and let the oven do the baking! How easy is that, right?

broccoli cheese bites

Baked Broccoli Cheese Bites

Ingredients

  • 1. Broccoli florets - 3 cups
  • 2. Shredded Cheddar Cheese - 1 cup
  • 3. Egg - 1
  • 4. Bread Crumbs - 1 1/4 cup
  • 5. Paprika - 1 tsp
  • 6. Garlic Powder - 1 tsp
  • 7. Salt & Pepper - as per taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven at 375 F. Steam the broccoli just until it is tender.
  2. Put the steamed broccoli in a medium sized bowl and lightly mash it up with a fork or cut it into small pieces with a knife. Add 1 cup bread crumbs, cheese, egg (slightly beaten) and all the seasonings. Mix till they are combined well.
  3. Form small balls or patties with your hand. Take the remaining bread crumbs and lightly coat the patties with them. Place it on a greased baking tray or cover it with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 25 min. (Flip them after 10 minutes.) Your broccoli bites are done! Serve warm with ranch or ketchup. (You can even shallow fry them in a pan if you want but baking makes it all the more healthy)

Notes

You can use frozen, thawed broccoli too but I prefer using fresh broccoli and steaming it. Shredded Parmesan Cheese can be used instead of Cheddar Cheese and you can slightly reduce or increase the quantity of cheese as per your taste.

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baked broccoli bites

If you share a similar dislike towards this veggie the way I do, you gotta give this a try – you won’t really know it has broccoli in it πŸ˜‹ And if you like broccoli, well then.. what are you waiting for? It’s a great way toΒ sneak in this protein + fibre filled veggie in your diet, especially for kids who are fussy eaters.

Don’t forget to check out the 43 amazing Science-Backed Health Benefits of Broccoli to learn more about this unique veggie.

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XOXO

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95 Comments

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    OldCountryGirl

    March 8, 2016

    Sounds yummy. I had to laugh, since this is pretty similar to my last post. I like your idea to bake them a lot!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Hahaa.. Omg I just saw your last post (I think I missed it in my reader for some reason) It is indeed funny that it is almost same lol. Thanks a lot for checking out my post πŸ™‚

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    Antonia

    March 8, 2016

    Looks delicious! I think my little ones would eat these without complaints πŸ˜€

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    Book Club Mom

    March 8, 2016

    I already like broccoli so this looks even better! Looks kid friendly too, always a consideration!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Yes kid friendly for sure! Since you already like broccoli, I’m sure you will love this recipe. Thanks a lot! XoXo

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    Miriam

    March 8, 2016

    This sounds so simple yet delicious. Will definitely give it a try.

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Yup so simple and yummy! Thanks a lot Miriam! 😊

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        Miriam

        March 8, 2016

        My pleasure. Can’t wait to make it, just need to buy some broccoli.

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    AppetiteDeluxe

    March 8, 2016

    I’m trying these tonight lol

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      that’s cool!! I’m sure you’ll like themπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌ

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    Arcane Owl

    March 8, 2016

    Looks yummy and delicious!

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    March 8, 2016

    So yummy looking Shamira!

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    anroworld

    March 8, 2016

    Nice idea, I love vegetables, so my tongue won’t be capricious! He will enjoy it.

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    Rose

    March 8, 2016

    That looks yummy!

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    CHICHIALAMODE

    March 8, 2016

    I love this recipe it’s right up my street cos I’m trying to increase my fibre intake & eat a wider variety of veg – the more recipes like this the better! I can use GF crumbs for an easy swap too – thanks they look lushπŸ˜‹

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Thank you so much.. I’m the same.. Always looking ways to incorporate more veggies in the diet 😊 Have a wonderful week ahead. XoXo

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    apuginthekitchen

    March 8, 2016

    I love this. Broccoli and cheese totether in this little patty sounds so good.

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Yup.. it converted a non-broccoli eater like me into eating it πŸ˜‰

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    anotherfoodieblogger

    March 8, 2016

    I would eat these in a heartbeat! But then again, I like broccoli to start with. They look very appetizing! πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Hahaa since you already like broccoli, you will love them for sure πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot!

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    Alok Singhal

    March 8, 2016

    Just the look itself got me excited 😊

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    The Roadtrip Cowgirl

    March 8, 2016

    I already love Broccoli too, so these sound fabulous and look sooooooo tasty! I had a chuckle reading as it’s always fun when you can find a way to ‘sneak’ in a veggie that you don’t like and it turns out great! I’m like that with mushrooms… yuk! As long as I cut them up tiny and I don’t notice them, I’m okay with them (just don’t make me eat mushroom soup as that’s much harder to hide haha). Thanks for sharing your recipe, can’t wait to try these!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Hahaha and you know what? I love mushrooms.. It’s funny how everyone has some veggie that they dislike πŸ˜‰ and I definitely love it when we can sneak in that most hated veggie in some recipe 😊Thanks a lot for checking out my post.. I appreciate your comment a lot! Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    Sakthi

    March 8, 2016

    Healthy one!!! Looks crunchy outside and softer inside!!!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 8, 2016

      Yes definitely healthy.. And so soft and from the inside. Thanks a lot Satkhi!

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        Sakthi

        March 8, 2016

        Good to know πŸ™‚ Hope all should eat veg food and stay healthy πŸ™‚ Thank you too πŸ™‚

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    Lifestylebites3

    March 9, 2016

    Sometimes a simple recipe can make such a difference with a little twist and here, the idea of baked broccoli worked out really well.

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    MyCulinarySaga

    March 9, 2016

    So delicious πŸ™‚ love it!

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    lynne hoareau

    March 9, 2016

    These sound yummy and look so delicious. πŸ™‚

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    Lina

    March 9, 2016

    Broccoli and cheese seem like a good combination! Great recipe

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    Simply Splendid Food

    March 9, 2016

    I’m so glad I found this recipe. I like the addition of paprika! Oven roasted delights!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 9, 2016

      Thanks a lot! I added Paprika as I thought just salt and pepper would make it a little bland. Oven roasted delights for sure πŸ˜‰

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    Chitra Jagadish

    March 9, 2016

    Love broccoli in any form -these looks so adorable…. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    Karen

    March 9, 2016

    love broccoli so I know I would enjoy them but I think you could get anyone to eat broccoli if it’s made like that.

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      Smiling Notes

      March 9, 2016

      Hahaa that is so true Karen! It converted a non broccoli eater like me to loving that veggie 😜

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    ilkasblog

    March 9, 2016

    Love these veggie patties as a delicious meatless alternative. If you want to share it on Sunday at Fitness & Food Link-Up we would love to have you! :):)

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      Smiling Notes

      March 11, 2016

      Thanks a lot for your sweet words of appreciation! They are definitely a great meatless alternative! Will love to share it on your food-link up on Sunday! πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    March 9, 2016

    These look so yummy , Shamira!

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    Love Served Daily

    March 9, 2016

    That sounds delicious

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    annie's beauty...

    March 10, 2016

    they look so delicious! πŸ˜€ xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty

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    Sadie's Nest

    March 10, 2016

    I love broccoli and cheese! These look fantastic!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 10, 2016

      Thanks a lot Sharvari! They were indeed too yumm! πŸ˜‰ xoxo

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    bhumi

    March 11, 2016

    Brocolli & cheese can never go wrong…loved it…

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    Liz

    March 11, 2016

    What an awesome way to use broccoli. They look most delicious!

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    reimerandruby

    March 11, 2016

    Looks yum! This is a great recipe to introduce broccoli to kids. Thanks for sharing! #FabFridayPost

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      Smiling Notes

      March 11, 2016

      Thanks a lot for your sweet comment and for hosting 😊

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    Looks like a great recipe for getting kids to eat broccoli. I bet you could also try making them with cauliflower or a mix of veggies as well. Pinning to try later this weekend!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 11, 2016

      Thanks a ton Nicole! Making it with other veggies like cauliflower does sound like an excellent idea! Will give it a try soon πŸ˜ƒ

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    tammymum

    March 13, 2016

    Oh I do like the look of them. Definitely one to try #fabfridaypost xx

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    Jessica

    March 14, 2016

    These look SO GOOD!!

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    ethannevelyn.com

    March 14, 2016

    Oh Wow! This is going to be an absolutely WIN-WIN in our house. Everyone here loves both broccoli and cheese! Thank you so much for linking with us on #FabFridayPost

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    Rhonda Sittig

    March 15, 2016

    Good job making broccoli so appealing!! looks delish!

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    The Hungry Mum

    March 16, 2016

    I am SO making these on the weekend – bet even fussy miss8 would love them.

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    Angela

    March 17, 2016

    These Broccoli Bites look quick, easy, & Delicious!!! I am looking forward to making them, as I think my kids will enjoy them πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up. Hope you join again this Sunday!

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      Smiling Notes

      March 17, 2016

      Thanks a lot for giving the opportunity to share Angela!

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    ilkasblog

    March 17, 2016

    Tweeted, pinned and stumbled:):) Yum!

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    Jess DiGiannurio

    March 22, 2016

    I’ll take a plate of these stat please and thank you! Looks so yummy, totally pinning! Have a great day xo

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    That Tiny Giant

    April 5, 2016

    Oh yum!

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    vinneve

    May 6, 2016

    I will try this! Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Smiling Notes

      May 6, 2016

      Thanks a lot.. I’m sure you’ll love it πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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