Broccoli Parmesan Bites Recipe PLUS Tips On Getting Your Kids To Help With Mealtimes!
Increasingly, I am making snacks and meals for my kids that involve just a few, healthy ingredients that are easy to make. These Broccoli Parmesan Bites are perfect as a snack or as an accompaniment to a main meal. The plus? They have yummy vegetables that the kids won't mind eating!
- 2 cups of fresh steamed broccoli (you can also use frozen broccoli, then steam), chop into small pieces
- 1 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 3 eggs
- Salt & pepper to season (go easy on the pepper for the kids)
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs (make your own by toasting bread at a low temperature in the oven, let cool, cut into small pieces, and throw them into a food processor)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- With your hands, form small patties and lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes.
- Let cool, and enjoy on its own or with a dip!
Recipe adapted from Stacey Snacks.
Now, before and after your kids have enjoyed this delicious snack (or as a side to a main meal), they can actually get involved in meal preparation and cleaning up, even from as young as the age of one.
Dr Deborah Gilboa, family physician, parenting expert, and author of Get The Behavior You Want … Without Being The Parent You Hate, says, “Getting kids involved will increase their connection to the family and teach them all the steps involved in feeding a family a few times each day.”
She suggests a list of chores that kids can do at these ages:
Age 1: Even a toddler can get involved by wiping off their own high-chair tray or placemat at the end of a meal. Granted, a big mess will just transfer to the floor, but if it's teaching clean up that you want, give the little one a damp sponge and let them try!
Age 2: Putting plastic plates on the table or napkins. It will not end up perfectly centered in front of the chair, but it's a great job for kids who can toddle and reach the table. And if a plate hits the floor, no harm done.
Age 3: Putting (plastic) plates and cutlery (no knives please) into the sink or dishwasher is a great way to get children this age to help clear the table.
Age 4: Cooking is a great skill for kids this age to learn—stirring and mixing are both fun and helpful. Cleaning up from cooking, wiping down the table or counters, putting cooking utensils in the sink or dishwasher, and drying non-breakables are all jobs they are ready to handle—if we can handle the time it takes them!
Age 5: Take a tip from French families and teach your kindergartener to safely use a knife to chop some fruit or vegetables! You can involve them in more of the cooking and cleaning tasks, like measuring, taking a recipe from start to finish (with supervision!), and deciding on a new fruit or vegetable to try out with the family.
Do your young ones help with meal preparation and cleaning up?