We had plenty of broccoli left on the plates at our house tonight! This recipe is a great way to use up leftover broccoli. It’s a little bit different from your normal broccoli recipe but super delicious.

Leftover broccoli?

When I saw this recipe I was reminded of Kate Day’s really great cheesy sweetcorn puffs. This recipe for broccoli cheese bites is super easy and a great way to use up leftover broccoli.

When preparing broccoli for cooking, rinse broccoli under cold running water. Cut florets into quarters for quick and even cooking. If you didn’t know the stems and leaves of broccoli can be eaten. Peel the broccoli stem and cut the stem into 1 cm slices to get unique health benefits from broccoli.

While people do not generally eat the leaves, they are perfectly edible and contain concentrated amounts of nutrients.

Health benefits of broccoli

Even though we all know it is good for us, we may not know why. The World Health Organisation tells us that this beautiful green vegetable has some amazing potential health benefits:

  • It can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you steam it.
  • It actually has a positive impact on our body’s detoxification system. Researchers have recently identified one of the key reasons for this detox benefit is because of 3 glucosinolatephytonutrients (yes that is 27 characters long!) found in a special combination in broccoli. This dynamic trio is able to support all steps in body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.
  • For those who need to up their Vitamin D levels, broccoli is an excellent food to include in your diet. It has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K.
  • Broccoli is very rich source of something called kaempferol which could lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.
  • Broccoli also has unique anti-inflammatory benefits.

The original recipe was from My Tasty Treasures & WholeSomeBabyFood.com and was posted on the More FM site here.

Do you have any favourite recipes for using up leftover broccoli or other vegetables?

Broccoli cheese bites
  • 300gm cooked broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli)
  • 1½ cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. With your hands, form small patties and put them on baking tray that you have lined with baking paper.
  3. Bake at 190 Celsius for 25 minutes, turning the bites over after the first 15 minutes.
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