Monday, August 16, 2010

Toddler Nuggets

Am I the only sicko out there who gets extreme pleasure from making "nugget" jokes? Probably...

I made these super delicious (seriously, I eat half of them!) nuggets for Gray. I use all organic ingredients, and they still come out cheaper than buying Tyson Yuck ("Chicken") Nuggets at the store.

(I never use recipes, so excuse how totally random this seems, I'll do better in the future to actually make real recipes!)

1 lb turkey - I used 1/2 dark and 1/2 white meat from Whole Foods
about 1/4 cup cooked shredded or diced carrots
about 1/4 cup raw spinach shredded into tiny pieces (I did this by hand but it would be a lot easier with an actual shredder thing)
about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
1 egg
a few completely smushed club crackers (I just had some leftover, so I smashed them and threw them in!)

Mix that all together really really good
Then smash up about 1 cup of crackers (I used Kashi stone-ground whole wheat crackers which are super crunchy) - the more you mash them up, the better, though I had some big pieces and it worked out OK, the smallest crumbs were best.

Take a teaspoon and scoop out some meat mixture, drop into the crushed crackers and smush a bit, flip over and smush again, then transfer it to a baking sheet (covered in a sheet of parchment paper, so the nuggets won't stick). Repeat about 36 times. Smush all of the nuggets down on the pan so they are relatively close to the same thickness (mine were around 1/3 inch or so) and then bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Just keep an eye on them, you don't want it to burn. You could probably flip about halfway through and that would be helpful for even baking, but I got sidetracked and did not do that. Once cooked, let cool for a little bit and then throw in the freezer! I just thaw them for 30 seconds in the microwave and serve!

My Perfect Little Model eating his nuggets (and avoiding his sweet potatoes!)


  1. looks yummy and we will be trying for sure- we're spoiled by hardly getting any store meat since Galon's hobby supplies our freezer full. But I really avoid the nasty pre-fab chicken stuff that is kid friendly and this is a good alternative. thanks for sharing!

  2. I think this would be awesome with venison! We will be finding out this fall, for sure!

  3. Awww, love that pic of Gray!! He is a cutie patootie for sure.
    I bought the stuff tonight and will make these soon.