Kid Friendly Crunchy Veggie Bites
 
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These tasty nuggets are stuffed with veggies and familiar flavors kids and adults are both sure to enjoy.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 24-36
Ingredients
  • 12 oz extra firm silken tofu, drained
  • ½ of a medium yellow onion, grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small yellow squash, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large kale leaves, finely chopped (think confetti) - can substitute 1 cup loosely packed spinach
  • 1½ cups jarred pizza sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1½ cup quick oats
  • ¾ cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the tofu using a potato masher until crumbly.
  3. Gently squeeze out extra liquid from onion, carrots, and squash. Add onion, carrot, squash, kale, garlic, pizza sauce, tomato paste, oats, cheese, egg and salt and pepper to tofu and stir to combine thoroughly.
  4. Pour bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Scoop out about 2 tbsp of tofu mix (I used a large cookie scoop) and roll into a ball. Roll ball in panko bread crumbs to coat. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with rest of tofu mixture.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for a few minutes. Serve immediately or cool completely and freeze.
Notes
To grate the vegetables, I recommend using a box grater. You can also get fancy (i.e. make it easy on yourself) and use the grating blade in your food processor.
Recipe by Make Healthy Easy at https://jennabraddock.com/kid-friendly-crunchy-veggie-bites/