Broccoli Cheese Bites – HEALTHY!!

Woo-hoo!  I feel like I’m really on a roll.  It’s 7:10 am and I’m motivated to bust out a post for all of you.  I want to share some of the really great Pinterest recipes I tried over the two weeks I was home for Christmas break.  Many of them were very, very, very naughty.  They were oh, so, delectable, but insanely decadent and FATTENING.  There were a few, however, that I were decadent and GOOD FOR YOU.  These recipes excited me and I want to share these with you.

Finding a recipe that’s really healthy that Grady falls in love with isn’t always easy.  He’s a real meat and potatoes kind of guy.  He’s not picky, but he definitely likes hearty comfort food.

Over the break I bought several heads of broccoli and wanted something new to do with them other than steaming it.  So many recipes load broccoli up with cheese and rice, which is delicious, but really high in calories.

broccoli cheese bites

Photo courtesy of keyingredients.com

When I found the recipe for Broccoli Cheese Bites I got really excited.  The bad stuff was minimal keeping the broccoli as the main ingredient AND they would double as a fantastic appetizer/party food.

I tested the recipe, following it precisely and got the seal of approval from the big cowboy.  We both agreed that the taste was a little bland.  They needed a kick.  We made a few adjustments and took them to a Christmas gathering.  They were a hit.  Served with a dish of thick and rich ranch for dipping makes for perfection.  Don’t sweat the ranch, make it with Greek yogurt and the guilt is gone.

Broccoli Cheese Bites

2 – 10 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid 

(make sure pieces are chopped very small!!!)
1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese or pepper jack for added kick
3 eggs
salt & pepper
1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

Garlic powder

Cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.


With your hands, form small balls and lay on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.

Bake at 375F for 25 minutes, turning the balls after the first 15 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!

The skinny: The recipe should yield approximately 30 small balls.  Each ball is 41 calories with 4g carbs, 2g fat, 3g protein, 94mg sodium and 1g sugar.

I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we did!

Peace, love and dreamy eats!!!

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