Nuggets are quite a popular item to order at fast food restaurants here in the States, especially for kids. Besides the flavor I’m sure the shape and size of this finger food gives it more appeal. There’s something fun for children and adults about dipping and eating little nugget size food I think. I didn’t realize until I started playing around recently with more veggie alternatives that these little nuggets were possible to make and taste pretty darn good. They’re a great “meatless Monday” option if you follow trends like that in your home or just want a healthier option to feed your family without all the guilt of traditional nuggets.
Broccoli & Cauliflower -The Veggie Power Duo
Broccoli and cauliflower are cruciferous vegetables that are a powerful duo in whole food because they contain “glucosinolates” which are considered to have anti-cancerous properties. Is there a better reason to experiment cooking with these flowering heads than that? Besides that potential benefit they are rich in many other vitamins and fiber. Even if you don’t care for the taste of either of these vegetables, you might actually like eating them this way.
These nuggets are a great way to sneak more veggies into your kiddos without much resistance. If they don’t like broccoli or cauliflower from past experiences just keep your mouth closed until they try a bite. We do this a lot in our home only because kids are always judging everything by their looks. Put their favorite dip next to the nuggets, hopefully one not too loaded in sugar and just give them time to observe and slowly taste. They might surprise you.
Vegetable Nuggets vs Chicken Nuggets
There’s no comparison really, I know. They taste completely different and make you feel different for obvious reasons. I have watched too many documentaries and read too much to enjoy eating the chicken ones anymore. I was however that kid who enjoyed them very much growing up. I didn’t eat them a lot, but they were an occasional treat when going out to fast food restaurants. I now refuse to feed the chicken ones to my kids, unless there is absolutely nothing else to eat. I don’t think I really need to expand on my reasoning too much.
We’ve all heard about how much better it is to eat our veggies than something like fast food nuggets, but in case you still have a love and hunger for traditional nuggets, you might want to check out Food Inc. If you haven’t watched it yet it’s a good first intro to how they’re made along with other fast food favorites. That movie instantly got me off any sort of ground poultry. You honestly will not see any ground poultry recipes at all on our site, but you can of course substitute as you see fit. If I cook or eat poultry I want it to be an actual cut of poultry not ground. Also, I prefer pastured organic poultry when possible.
As for these vegetable nuggets, I think they are very enjoyable and you’ll feel good knowing exactly what’s in them; whole veggie goodness for your body!
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