Move over tater-tots, these Baked Broccoli Bites paired with a vibrant Turmeric Yogurt Dip is a nutrient-dense, delicious veggie-forward dish that will turn anyone in the family into a veggie lover.
Baked Broccoli Bites
These baked broccoli bites are the perfect handheld treat for any dining occasion. Whether it’s for a tailgating party or an informal dinner at home with the kids, everyone is sure to love this easy recipe.
Baked with fresh broccoli, sharp cheddar cheese, and homemade breadcrumbs, these bites are bursting with flavor and nutrition.
Made With Homegrown Veggies
These Broccoli Bites are a summer favorite in my house, especially when we have fresh kale and broccoli available for harvest in the garden.
Of course, you don’t need a garden to enjoy these delicious broccoli bites. Simply visit your favorite farmers market or supermarket to get the veggies you need.
Broccoli has always done well for us in the garden, year after year.
It grows well and will continue to grow and grow even after you harvest the original crown, meaning that you will have a steady supply of broccoli for months.
The unfortunate thing about growing your own broccoli is that they can be overcome with bugs, specifically cabbage worms.
We are actively seeking natural ways to combat them, so if you have any good suggestions, please let me know!
It should come as no surprise that broccoli is listed as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Packed with vitamin K & A, chromium, and folate, broccoli is a concentrated source of nutrients.
Combined with dietary fiber, broccoli has unique benefits such as the ability to lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation in the body.
If you want to get started gardening but don’t know where to start, I suggest kale – it’s pretty hard to mess up!
Kale is hearty, it will continue to grow well even if you forget to water sometimes, and actually does better in cooler weather and develops a sweeter taste.
You can use the big leaves in cooked dishes like by Greens & Beans Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms and save the smaller, more tender leaves for a dish like this.
Kale is known as a ‘superfood’ because of all the amazing health benefits that it offers us. Studies have shown that kale has the ability to provide the body with risk-lowering benefits for cancer, special cholesterol-lowering benefits, and help the natural detoxification system within the body.
One cup of cooked kale provides over 1000% of your daily value of vitamin K and nearly 100% of your daily value of vitamin A & C!
Turmeric Yogurt Dip
My favorite way to enjoy these bites are dipped into a turmeric yogurt dip or homemade ranch.
Making your own homemade turmeric yogurt dip is easy and very customizable. If you need a dairy-free dip, you can use my homemade coconut milk yogurt as the base.
- 6 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized florets
- 4 cups packed chopped kale, stems removed
- 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
- 3 farm fresh eggs
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup gluten-free or homemade breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Turmeric Yogurt Dip
- 1 cup plain homemade coconut milk yogurt
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle peppers
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Broccoli Bites
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line 2 baking sheets with foil and set aside.
- Bring 3-4 quarts of cold water to a boil.
- When boiling, add the broccoli and bring back to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add kale, bring back to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, drain the hot water, and run the broccoli and kale under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- After the broccoli is chilled, place in colander or strainer to drain. Set aside.
- Add the onion, garlic, and parsley to a food processor and pulse until minced.
- Add the cooked broccoli and kale and pulse 5-10 times until broken down into smaller chunks.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients to the food processor and pulse until everything is incorporated and in a uniform size.
- Spray the foil-lined baking sheets with cooking spray.
- Roll 1/2 ounce scoops of the mixture into bite-sized balls and place them on the baking sheet. Press down slightly and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Flip with a spatula and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
For the Turmeric Yogurt Dip
- Mix the yogurt, turmeric, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper until well incorporated.
- Dip the warm baked broccoli bites into the turmeric yogurt dip and enjoy it.