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Stem to Floret Broccoli Nuggets

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Most folks prefer to eat only the broccoli florets. This leaves the leaves and their tough stems uneaten and set aside for the trash. But while a broccoli stem may not be much fun to eat raw, when mixed with the right ingredients and seasonings, and made tender and crispy in the oven, they become a nutritious and crave-able snack. Or let’s be honest, we would happily make these Broccoli Nuggets as a full meal. 

Makes 18-20 1.5-inch wide nuggets

Ingredients

stem to floret broccoli hummus
  • 2 broccoli heads plus their stems (about 16 ounces), cut into 2-inch chunks 
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Olive oil for brushing

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Steam broccoli in a steaming basket over a pot of boiling water or in the microwave until tender, but not soft.
  3. Transfer broccoli into a food processor and pulse until broccoli bits are slightly larger than grains of rice. Place broccoli bits in a large bowl.
  4. Add bread crumbs, quinoa, eggs, cheese, and spices and stir to combine. 
  5. Using your hands, shape the mixture into 1.5-inch wide nuggets. 
  6. Arrange nuggets on parchment paper and brush with olive oil. 
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until beginning to firm. 

Recipe Notes and Variations

stem to floret broccoli hummus
  • For the sauce, we used this recipe for peach mustard sauce. But a honey barbecue ranch or classic ketchup would also be delicious with these Broccoli Nuggets. Or go full veg and make this vibrant Carrot Hummus.
  • The cheese really takes these nuggets to the next level. So if you want to make yours dairy-free we recommend using a substitute like Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Cheddar  Cheese Shreds. 

17 Comments

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    Chris
    April 6, 2021 at 12:04 am

    It would be great If the recipes included nutrition information.

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 6, 2021 at 1:31 am

      You can use this calculator [bit.ly/34aaVyl] to find out the nutritional information of this recipe! 💚

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        Yvette Mallory
        April 11, 2021 at 4:19 pm

        This link doesn’t work can you please just include information?

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          Imperfect Foods
          April 12, 2021 at 8:56 pm

          We’ll pass this suggestion to our team, but in the meantime you can copy and past the link into your browser!

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    Frances Landreth
    April 7, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    How much is a serving? Is it one nugget?

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      The full recipe serves 6 people and makes around 18-20 nuggets, so a serving size should be around 3!

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    Julie
    April 8, 2021 at 12:48 am

    About how many nuggets does this recipe make?

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      This recipe should make around 18-20 nuggets, depending on the size of the broccoli heads used.

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    Allison
    April 8, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Use a vegetable peeler or knife to get rid of the tough fibrous outer bits from the broccoli stem. Makes the stem much nicer to eat sliced and cooked with the rest of the head.

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Great idea!💡

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    Angela
    April 9, 2021 at 3:14 am

    I am going to make these but instead of using g bread crumbs I am going to use pork rinds. We shall see how they turn out.

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      Ooh you’ll have to lettuce know how they come out! 👀

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    Andrea “Ani” Johnson
    April 10, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    I put the ingredients into fitness pal to get the nutritional info

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    Chelsea Greenwood
    April 12, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    This looks like the ultimate make ahead toddler meal that the whole family would love! Thanks for a great suggestion on using up the whole broccoli. 😋 yum!

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 11:28 pm

      Definitely! Lettuce know how your family likes it 💚

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    Carla
    April 13, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Made these today, and they are delish. Leftovers are going to be great in the air fryer. I got 24, each about 2.5 inches across.

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      Imperfect Foods
      April 13, 2021 at 11:57 pm

      Yay! So glad you were able to give this recipe a try, Carla!

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