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Broccoli and Cheese Patties

Struggling to get your child to eat more greens? Kids love almost anything if it’s on a stick or looks like a pancake! These patties offer a full serving of broccoli combined with two tried-and-true kid favorites: cheese and potatoes. Plus, these “broccoli pancakes” have a satisfying crunch from the whole wheat breadcrumbs and they’re great for dipping.

Active time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons panko or whole wheat breadcrumbs, plus 1⁄2 cup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil


  1. Place the potato cubes in a steamer pot over boiling water and cook for 8 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli to the pot and steam for an additional 2 minutes, or until fork tender. Once done, remove everything from the pot and let cool in a bowl.
  3. In another large bowl, mash the potatoes. Then, chop the broccoli into bite-size pieces.
  4. Add the broccoli, cheese, 3 tablespoons panko, salt, egg, garlic, and onion powder to the bowl with the potatoes and combine.
  5. Place the remaining 1⁄2 cup panko in a separate bowl.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop or 2-tablespoon measure, roll the broccoli and cheese mixture into balls, coat them in the panko, and shape each one into a small patty.
  7. Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat, place the patties in the skillet, and press down with a spatula to flatten a little.
  8. Pan-fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.
  9. Serve with plain yogurt and a squeeze of lemon or with your child’s favorite dipping sauce.
Makes 12 patties

Per patty: calories 77, fat 4 g, protein 3 g, carbohydrates 7 g, dietary fiber 1 g


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