This Kid-Friendly Veggie Black Bean Nuggets post is sponsored by Produce For Kids. All opinions are my own.
I’m guilty. Guilty as all get out.
I feed my kids nuggets, and not just once a week. Sometimes it’s literally the only thing I can muster to make, sometimes it’s the only thing they’ll actually eat. And as with most moms my age, I feel pretty guilty about it.
See, I’ve figured out a great way to make nuggets using produce from the fantastic Produce for Kids sponsors, and my children are just as happy as they were with the chicken version. And while I promise to never lie and say that these don’t take a little extra work, the results are so worth it. Especially when you consider all of the veggie goodness your kiddos will actually be ASKING to eat!
I have the pleasure of partnering with Produce for Kids again this year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s an amazing organization that offers shoppers at my local Harp’s grocery stores healthy meal solutions and registered dietitian-approved recipes and tips while supporting local Feeding America® food banks. With official Produce for Kids signage in Harp’s stores it’s easy to see how buying produce locally will help in giving back to your local community. For a list of the amazing sponsors check out the end of this post – this program wouldn’t be possible without them!
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VEGGIE BLACK BEAN NUGGETS
Makes about 25-30 nuggets
- 1 bag Green Giant™ Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles®
- 1/2 of a RealSweet® Sweet Onions onion, roughly chopped
- 1 8-ounce package mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- olive oil for cooking
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Toss together the bag of Green Giant™ Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles®, chopped RealSweet® Sweet Onions onion, chopped mushrooms, and black beans.
- Spread into an even layer on a large baking sheet.
- Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until the cauliflower is tender and the beans are starting to split.
- Allow to cool for about 15 minutes on the pan.
- Add about 2/3 of the mixture to a blender or food processor.
- Add the eggs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
- Blend/process on high, scraping down the sides, until the mixture is very finely chopped.
- Add it back to the bowl with the remaining mixture.
- Stir until well combined.
- Heat the oven to 425.
- While the oven is heating up, scoop the nugget “batter” with a cookie scoop, then gently shape them into nugget shapes.
- Gently toss each nugget in the Panko bread crumbs, then mist (if you have an oil mister) or brush with olive oil.
- Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to cool, then serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
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- Avocados From Mexico
- Chelan Fresh Apples
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