Our six ingredients Cauliflower and Zucchini Bites are not only the perfect meal option for toddlers and kids but for the whole family. We always make them for our 16-month-old toddler Luca, but the whole family ends up eating them for lunch, dinner or even as a snack.
This recipe is really easy to make, nutritious, and delicious. You can have the cauliflower and zucchini bites chilled or warm. We make this recipe a lot during the summer as the zucchinis are in season so we simply leave them out of the fridge for an hour and eat them at room temperature.
The ingredients you need to prepare our yummy bites are zucchini, cauliflower, onion, egg, whole wheat flour and nutmeg (optional).
To make this recipe, we use this muffin tray. It's a mini muffin tray and you can get the perfect bites sizes with it. They will be small and easy for your little one to pick up and eat.
How to prepare the Cauliflower and the Zucchini.
Cauliflower. The best option when making these bites is to make cauliflower rice. All you need to do is cut the cauliflower into florets and blend them in a food processor for a couple of seconds. The cauliflower will be blitzed into a similar size than rice. Our toddler Luca is not the biggest fan of cauliflower, but he loves these bites!
Zucchini. The zucchini needs to be grated and all the excess water removed. To make sure that the bites don't turn out soggy, mix the grated zucchini with a teaspoon of salt and leave for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cheesecloth and squeeze out all the water making pressure with your hands. I'm amazed every time we cook these bites of how much water comes out. If you don’t have a cheesecloth, you can use a colander or drainer.
Why are Cauliflower and Zucchini Bites perfect for your Toddlers and Kids?
- They are healthy. Cauliflower and zucchini contain a high amount of fibre and are packed with nutrients. This is a perfect meal to improve your little one's digestion.
- It's a great choice if you are following the baby-led-weaning method or if your toddler is starting with solids. They can pick the bites themselves and they have the ideal consistency.
- They will stay good in the fridge for 2-3 days if you have leftovers.
- You can serve the bites with rice, potatoes and other veggies to m
- You can add your little one's favourite sauce. Luca loves our homemade Romesco sauce for example!
- For picky eaters, the vegetables are hidden and the mixture can be blended before baking for a smoother consistency.
Cauliflower and Zucchini Bites for Toddlers and Kids
- ½ large zucchini
- 300 g cauliflower
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- Salt to taste
- Shred the zucchini and place it in a mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, mix and leave for 10 minutes.
- Put the zucchini inside a cheesecloth and squeeze out all the water making pressure with your hands. When all the water has been squeezed out, place the zucchini back in the mixing bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 180C and coat the muffin tray with some olive oil.
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and transfer into a food processor. Blitz for a few seconds until the consistency of the cauliflower is similar to rice and add to the mixing bowl.
- Heat some oil in a pan and add the onion finely chopped. Stir fry for a few minutes until it has softened and add the onion with the zucchini and the cauliflower.
- Add into the mixing bowl the rest of the ingredients: eggs, fresh shredded nutmeg and the flour. Combine all the ingredients until the mixture is uniform.
- With a spoon and your hands form small balls and transfer them into the muffin tray. We use a small muffin tray so the bites are smaller and cook faster.
- Bake the bites for 30-40 minutes or until golden.