Healthy-ish Broccoli Cheese Bites

It has certainly been awhile since my kitchen has seen any cooking action. Between the heat, events, dinners out, and a wonky appetite, I have avoided cooking in favor of eating something, anything I didn’t prepare.

It was time to get back into it with a little help from my friend Pinterest. I found a recipe for cheesy broccoli bites and decided to make my own take on it.



4 cups of chopped broccoli

1 cup (dry) of red rice, soaked overnight and cooked until al dente

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

3 eggs

red rice

shredded cheese

This recipe is simple; just mix everything together, preferably with your hands, and form balls with the mix. Pop the broccoli bites into an oven that’s been preheated to 375, and bake for 20 minutes.

broccoli bite mix

Once the broccoli bites are done, they will be a little bit larger due to the melty cheese. This is not a bad thing.

broccoli bites

Serve with a creamy honey mustard sauce, mine is about 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup brown mustard and a blob of honey. Enjoy!

homemade honey mustard

These broccoli bites would be a fun and not-too-indulgent treat for a party or for dinner with a salad. I bet bacon would be a nice addition. . .

We love appetizer style meals, and these made for a fun dinner.

What do you do when you lose your cooking mojo?

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Tags: appetizer, broccoli, cheese, dinner, Food, Pinterest, recipe, snacks, Vegetarian

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I love that you used red rice in these, they sound delicious!


  2. Eric King’s avatar

    super delish – especially with the honey mustard. Bacon would probably lower the “healthy-ish” aspect – but bacon would be awesome on these.


  3. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    This sounds great! love the idea as a healthier appetizer – although the bacon addition sounds perfect.

    I feel you on the not cooking recently – things have just been so busy!


  4. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    These looks delicious, and like they would come together pretty quickly. We haven’t been cooking either. The recipe we posted earlier this week was from like a month ago. I like to pour through my tried and true recipes when I’m in a cooking rut, then go grocery shopping all by myself!


  5. Megan’s avatar

    These look awesome. Especially with honey-mustard sauce for dipping! We pick up pizza on the way home a lot because I just don’t have it in me to make something. Eventually I’ll see a really cool recipe, and my mojo will return.


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    these look amazing!!


  7. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I saw these on Pinterest – I love your healthy twist on them! When I lose my cooking inspiration, I usually go out to dinner somewhere, get takeout, or make up a veggie burger/fried egg sandwich.


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