These are a tasty, quick and easy to make snack that my toddler consistently and enthusiastically (key requirements those of you with toddlers will appreciate!!) demolishes. The wife sneaks a few too when I’m not looking! Since it’s not everyday you can say your toddler demolishes cauliflower & broccoli, these are definitely worth a go!
The idea behind these muffins stemmed from me pulling my hair out trying to get veggies into our princess. Those of you who know me will know how traumatic this was because a) there ain’t much hair left to pull out and b) my daughter was just IMPOSSIBLE to feed solids to because c) we moved from NYC to Brisbane at exactly the time we started her on solid food and we had fallen prey to the monster that is….’organic’ packet baby food! Poor Princess and her weaning process got a little side-lined as we visited every rental in Brisbane trying to find somewhere to live, purchased and took home 3 cars before the one we ended up with and traipsed back and forth to IKEA on a near-daily basis, with the wife and I basically living on Swedish pick ‘n’ mix! When the dust settled, we had an addict on our hands and as the stay at home Dad, I embarked upon a cold turkey detox plan and faced the biggest culinary challenge of my life – how to get a picky toddler to eat ANYTHING at all freshly made and also, how to accomplish this without using any salt! I am pretty confident that many reading this are saying “yep, been there & done that”! So to this end, I started off cooking some vegetable fritters for her which she picked at here and there but the main issue with them was I was frying her food, and coupled with the fact the only other veg she ate was mushrooms, I obviously wanted to get some veg into her that wasn’t fried. We visited a friend’s house for breakfast one morning (hi Leanne!) and she had baked the most delicious cheesy muffins and Princess was munching away. I figured it would be worth a go to make up my own recipe replacing the cheese with vegetables and see if she fell for it! BINGO!! I’ve called them muffins, but the texture is not bread or cake-like in the typical sense of an English or American muffin, but rather more like a more small frittata in texture.