Kids’ Cauliflower Quinoa Tots

These veggie tots are an easy way to get my kids to eat a protein (quinoa) and vegetable (cauliflower) at the same time. While my son can be picky at times, I keep the spices minimal here so he can enjoy his tots without any fuss! Cheddar cheese adds calcium to the dish, too making it a great side dish or even main for kids + toddlers! Great for baby led weaning and school lunchboxes, these tots are vegetarian and can be made gluten-free. Another option for older kids who desire more spice is to mix them with whole wheat pasta, marinara sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

 ⅔ cup uncooked quinoa (makes about 2 cups cooked)
 1 (12 oz) package frozen riced cauliflower
 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbsCan also sub with ground up oats to make it gluten-free. We then season the oat mixture with 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/8 tsp oregano, 1/8 tsp basil, and 1/8 tsp salt.
 2 eggs, beaten
 1 tsp salt
 Avocado oil
1

Cook quinoa according to package directions.

2

Steam cauliflower until fork-tender.

3

In a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, cauliflower rice, cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs. and salt. Mix well.

4

Add breadcrumbs, eggs. and spices to the bowl and mix well.

5

Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium flame. Add avocado oil. Roll the batter into balls and in batches, fry the tots on all sides until golden. Store on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat process with the remainder of the batter. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 ⅔ cup uncooked quinoa (makes about 2 cups cooked)
 1 (12 oz) package frozen riced cauliflower
 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbsCan also sub with ground up oats to make it gluten-free. We then season the oat mixture with 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/8 tsp oregano, 1/8 tsp basil, and 1/8 tsp salt.
 2 eggs, beaten
 1 tsp salt
 Avocado oil

Directions

1

Cook quinoa according to package directions.

2

Steam cauliflower until fork-tender.

3

In a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, cauliflower rice, cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs. and salt. Mix well.

4

Add breadcrumbs, eggs. and spices to the bowl and mix well.

5

Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium flame. Add avocado oil. Roll the batter into balls and in batches, fry the tots on all sides until golden. Store on a paper towel-lined plate and repeat process with the remainder of the batter. Enjoy!

Kids’ Cauliflower Quinoa Tots

2 Comments

    1. Yes! You can bake these (or even air fry them) but the flavor is definitely not as delicious as when it’s fried. Baking is definitely a healthier option though!

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