Cauliflower Bites – finger food for toddlers

cauliflower bitesHeidi Gough is Mamacooks and her blog is oozing with deliciousness which is why she’s on the BiB Food shortlist. Today she’s sharing with us one of her favourite toddler finger foods and actually they look scrummy, don’t mind if I do ..

It can be difficult to consistently get vegetables into children.  All kids at some point decide to exert a bit of control over Mummy and Daddy and decide to point blank refuse.  So at some point on our weaning journey I started to include an insurance policy of hidden vegetables.  I always advocate continuing to offer vegetables in their natural form but it can be a great way to broaden your child’s diet (without them noticing!)  In my time I’ve included vegetables in meatloaf, scones, muffins, quiches and even made parsnip cake.

This would be a great recipe for those of you following Baby Led Weaning techniques but even if you’re not it’s a good idea to introduce finger foods alongside mashed and pureed foods to help speech development.

Do you have any great finger food recipes you and your child love to eat?

Cauliflower Bites – makes 6


2 eggs
45g, 1.5oz Cauliflower
30g, 1oz Good quality aged Red Leicester or other hard cheese
Oil for greasing


Preheat the oven to 200oC / 400F / Gas mark 6.

Cook the cauliflower in boiling water for 4 minutes (or use leftover cauliflower).  Grate the cheese into a bowl and crack in the eggs.  Grease a mini muffin tin.

Once the cauliflower is cooked, drain and cool with cold water.  Cut the cauliflower up into small pieces and mix into the egg and cheese.  Put into the wells of the mini muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes or until puffed up, golden and cooked through.

Serve with vegetables.
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Mamacook, aka Heidi feels honoured to have been shortlisted in the ‘Food’ category of the 2013 BiBs.  She works in food safety and always believes in feeding her little boy ‘proper’ food.  He’s a pretty adventurous toddler; some of his favourite foods are Stilton and Mussels.  Like all kids he has his moments of rejecting foods because of texture, taste, shape, colour, moon phase…
Heidi has got pretty good at coming up with innovative low sugar and low salt recipes with the occasional hidden vegetable to make sure her little man doesn’t live on cheese alone.
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4 Responses to Cauliflower Bites – finger food for toddlers

  1. Expat Mum 10 May 2013 at 01:13 #

    Toddlers? We’re talking teenagers here. Thank you, thank you!

    • Mamacook 13 May 2013 at 18:54 #

      It’s funny the reason why I’m probably so adept at hiding the vegetables is I’ve been doing it for years with my husband. Also presenting vegetables in different ways or get slightly different varieties so he’ll try them. I remember his Mum being astounded that he eats kale (but has always said he hates cabbage).

  2. Jac 14 May 2013 at 20:59 #

    We tried this at w/end – they’re delicious Heidi

    • mamacook 15 May 2013 at 14:38 #

      Thank you and thanks for letting me know! I’m really glad you enjoyed them.