Broccoli may not be a hit with kids, but you can now make it their favorite vegetable – with these yummy and healthy Broccoli recipes for babies and kids!
Broccoli is a vegetable that has a reputation of being difficult to feed kids. However, as it gets more easily available in India, and we now know of its nutritional benefits for kids, most Moms are trying to find creative ways to feed broccoli to their kids!
As with everything, it’s best to start them young, so we recommend broccoli for babies as soon as they’re old enough for it. If you change up the recipe and be a little more experimental with it, broccoli can soon turn into their favorite vegetable!
Wondering where to start? No problem, we’ve rounded up the best healthy broccoli recipes for babies and kids, so you have enough variety for a different recipe every week without getting bored!
30 Healthy Broccoli Recipes for Babies and Kids
1. Broccoli Potato Puree (8 Months+)
This recipe from Baby Foode is the perfect way to start broccoli for your little one. Potato makes a great base for this puree, and if you’re feeling wary, you can skip the olive oil and add a clove of garlic as well.
2. Broccoli Butter Puree (8 Months+)
The butter adds a deliciously rich twist to plain broccoli puree in this recipe! With butter, not only does the taste go up, but it also acts as a weight gaining food for little babies.
3. Broccoli Spinach Puree (8 Months+)
Get in a whole lot of iron and valuable micro nutrients in this green puree! Yes, it looks really healthy, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t taste good!
4. Healthy Broccoli Soup for Babies (8 Months+)
If you thought babies are too young for soup, think again! The Pretty Bee has a delicious soup with broccoli, carrots and onion, flavored with garlic. This would be perfect for babies who are feeling under the weather, as it provides nutrients, hydration and the healing power of garlic in one go.
5. Lentil Broccoli Soup (10 Months+)
Once your baby is ready for chunkier stuff, go with this lentil soup from Buona Pappa, that’s so hearty it’s a complete meal on its own! This is great to keep baby full and satisfied especially when the weather is cold.
6. BLW Broccoli Egg Muffins (10 months+)
If you’re trying baby led weaning, check out these broccoli egg muffins! Be sure your baby is familiar with having whole eggs, since that is one of the main ingredients in this recipe.
7. Broccoli Frittata Fingers (9 Months+)
If your baby or toddler is fussy with eggs on their own, try out these frittata fingers from My Fussy Eater. For one, you can pack it with any ingredient you like, and secondly, they’re in a convenient format for babies to hold and munch on.
8. Roasted Broccoli (9 Months+)
Once your baby is comfortable with whole veggies as finger foods, it’s time to try these roasted broccoli florets from Real Mom Nutrition. All you need are broccoli and olive oil – skip the salt for babies under one.
9. Quinoa Salmon Broccoli Baked Balls (9 Months+)
Carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats – all these come together in this delicious recipe from Buona Pappa! These are great for baby led weaning, but also work for toddlers and older kids with pasta or noodles.
10. Broccoli Pasta Salad (10 Months+)
Most babies enjoy plain boiled pasta, and Baby Foode shows us how you can up the nutrition quotient by adding some cheese, broccoli and other healthy ingredients!
11. Vegan Broccoli Chickpea Bread Sticks (10 Months+)
Bread sticks are fun for babies to eat, since they’re so crispy! Inspiralized shows us how to make regular bread sticks even better by making them with chickpea flour and broccoli. A great pick for vegans and babies with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
(The recipes listed below are suitable for children over 1 year of age)
12. Kiwi Broccoli Banana Smoothie
Broccoli in a smoothie – it’s possible, with this deliciously creamy kiwi, broccoli and banana smoothie! This is a great pick for kids who don’t have their breakfasts properly and also works well as an after sports drink.
13. High Fiber Broccoli Smoothie
A lack of fiber can cause all kinds of problems like constipation and lack of appetite. Super Healthy Kids shows us how to combat this the easy way with a smoothie made of broccoli, cherries, banana, pomegranate and avocado – yum!
14. Broccoli Mushroom Soup
This soup looks so good, even picky eaters will be drawn to it! This recipe celebrates the unique flavor of each ingredient without overpowering spices or cream.
15. Kid-approved Broccoli
Want a sure fire recipe that’ll make kids love broccoli! The Belly Rules the Mind claims to have a kid-approved version, so you’re all set! Cut out the green chillies if your child can’t handle them.
16. Healthy Broccoli Rice
This isn’t a dish of broccoli and rice; it’s a dish that turns broccoli into rice! Cauliflower rice is a popular choice these days, especially among weight watchers, and this broccoli rice from A Spicy Perspective is a beautifully green alternative.
17. Pan-fried Broccoli Pakora
Who doesn’t love pakoras? But if you’re worrying about the amount of oil in deep fried pakoras, don’t worry – Archana’s Kitchen has a recipe that features pan fried broccoli pakoras – less oil and more nutrition!
18. Carrot and Broccoli Poriyal
Give your regular rice meals an upgrade with a poriyal made of broccoli and carrots! Archana’s Kitchen shows us how easy it is to insert an ingredient like broccoli into a traditional dish like poriyal.
19. Kid-friendly Broccoli Curry
If your child loves Indian food and curries, check out this simple broccoli curry from GK Food Diary. Serve it with their favorite paratha or rice dish and watch it disappear from their plates!
20. Broccoli Poha Idli
Broccoli in idlis? Yes, it’s possible! Recipes & You has an instant idli recipe made with poha that doesn’t require overnight soaking or fermentation.
21. Easy Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Kids love cheese, and Budget Bytes makes use of this fact to create a delicious one pot dish that looks good enough for adults too! Use any cheese you want, depending upon your child’s preference.
22. Broccoli Cutlets
Tikkis or cutlets are always a popular Indian snack, for parties, guests or rainy evenings. GK Food Diary makes cutlets out of broccoli, potatoes and bread crumbs – a simple recipe that looks and tastes great!
23. Baked Broccoli Tots
We often associate delicious snacks with deep fried foods, which always makes us feel guilty about having them ourselves or feeding them to our kids. Not any more! Know your produce shows us how to make baked tater tots featuring broccoli, potatoes, onion and Cheddar.
24. Broccoli Pesto Pasta
Pasta is something most kids will eat without fuss, which is why it’s also the dish that most Moms use for sneaking in stuff! My Fussy Eater makes a beautiful green pesto with broccoli and basil leaves, which is sure to have kids intrigued.
25. Mini Broccoli Pizza
Inspiralized uses English muffins to make these mini pizzas, but you can use half a regular bun or just sandwich bread. Go crazy with the topping by adding some oregano and chilli flakes as per your child’s wish!
26. Broccoli Paneer and Peanut Masala
Get in some healthy fats and nutty flavor with this recipe from Archana’s Kitchen that uses broccoli, paneer and peanuts for a delicious creamy dish that looks perfect for a feast!
27. Sprouts Broccoli Paratha
Broccoli works surprisingly well for parathas, as this recipe from Raks Kitchen shows us! Adding sprouts to the mix just takes up the nutrition quotient by several levels!
28. Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwiches are something kids all over the world will eat happily and are a relief for busy Moms since they’re so easy to make! Next time you’re making one, try out this recipe from Inspiralized.
29. Baked Broccoli Samosa
Samosas turn healthy in this recipe from Simple Sumptuous Cooking by getting baked instead of fried, and by being stuffed with broccoli instead of plain potatoes!
30. Broccoli Fried Rice
Fried rice is one of those dishes you can whip up in a jiffy, especially if you have leftover cooked rice. Divya’s Culinary Journey shows us how easy it is to make this broccoli fried rice, which is a great way to get kids to eat this vegetable.
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