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Here’s a collection of delicious and healthy broccoli recipes perfect for the whole family, including babies and toddlers! These kid-friendly dishes will make eating greens a joy for everyone while providing essential nutrients for growing little ones.

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Easy Broccoli Recipes for Kids

There are so many reasons to love broccoli! It’s budget-friendly, readily available, nutritious, and incredibly versatile in the kitchen. You can enjoy raw with your favorite dip, roasted with olive oil and seasonings, or incorporate it into an array of recipes.

The problem is that it’s always a hit or miss with my kids. One day they will love it and the next day it gets tossed to the floor.

That’s why I’m constantly coming up with fun and delicious ways to include it in our family meals, and I’m so happy to be sharing our favorites with you. I’ve crafted all these recipes to be kid-friendly and easy to eat.

My hope is that you will discover new easy, go-to family meals that will get your kids excited about broccoli.

And even if they don’t take to it, that just means more for the rest of the family, or save the leftovers. Your child may declare their newfound love for it the next day.

Broccoli Health Benefits

Broccoli has so many amazing nutritional benefits, including:

  • Antioxidant properties: it contains antioxidants like sulforaphane, which help protect cells from oxidative damage and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases
  • Supports immune function: the high vitamin C content in broccoli can help the body fight off infections
  • Bone health: Nutrients like vitamin K and calcium contribute to bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Digestive health: The fiber in broccoli aids digestion and promotes a healthy gut
  • Heart health: The fiber, potassium, and antioxidants in broccoli help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

How to Cook Broccoli – The Basics

Broccoli can be absolutely delicious all by itself if you cook it just right! I’m spilling my top tips and techniques to make your broccoli crave-worthy :).

a close up shot of steam roasted florets.
5 from 11 votes

Broccoli for baby led weaning

Broccoli is the perfect first food for babies! There are so many ways to prepare it for baby led weaning. Let me show you how! 
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A close up shot of crispy roasted frozen broccoli on a lined baking sheet.
4.93 from 13 votes

How to Cook Frozen Broccoli

Cook frozen broccoli so it's flavorful and tender, not soggy, with these simple tips. Here's how to roast, saute, steam, and microwave.
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Broccoli Snacks

Smoothie in glass cup with mangoes and broccoli in the background.
5 from 2 votes

Broccoli Smoothie

This easy broccoli smoothie is the perfect breakfast or snack and is delicious, creamy, and healthy! It's made with simple ingredients, and no, you can't taste the broccoli.
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close up shot of broccoli hummus in a white bowl with drizzle of oil.
5 from 5 votes

Broccoli Hummus Dip

If your child won't eat broccoli or you've been looking for different ways to serve it, give this hummus a try! It's also a great way to pack in a lot of nutrition for babies and kids.
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A toddler's hand dipping one of the nuggets in beet hummus.
5 from 11 votes

Baked Veggie Nuggets

These baked veggie nuggets are an easy and fun way to get more vegetables into your child's diet! Made with four vegetables, they are perfect for lunch or snack!
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Broccoli Barley Casserole Cups - baby led weaning
5 from 7 votes

Broccoli Barley Casserole Cups

Quick and easy, healthy broccoli casserole cups that the entire family will enjoy, including even the pickiest eaters! Kid-friendly and perfect for baby led weaning
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five cooked muffins on a white plate
5 from 27 votes

Vegan vegetable quinoa muffins

Made with healthy ingredients like broccoli, carrots, and quinoa, these egg and dairy-free vegetable muffins with quinoa are perfect for baby led weaning and school lunchboxes.
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Two stacked muffins with a bite taken out of the top one.
5 from 50 votes

Savory Vegetable Muffins

Loaded with veggies and packed with flavor these savory vegetable muffins with cheese are perfect for breakfast or school lunches
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Breakfast with Broccoli

Broccoli bites piled on high on a white plate with a toddler's hand.
5 from 7 votes

Broccoli Bites

These broccoli bites require just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. Prep them ahead for a quick breakfast, pack into your kids’ lunch boxes, or enjoy as a delicious dinner accompaniment for the whole family.
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cooked salmon quiche in a white oval plate with a toddler hand
4.99 from 85 votes

Mini crustless quiche

Packed with protein and vegetables, this mini crustless quiche is so easy to make! Enjoy as a make-ahead breakfast, snack, or pack for lunch boxes.
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A close up shot of baked sheet pan eggs with slices taken out.
5 from 11 votes

Sheet Pan Eggs

Whether you're feeding a large crowd or want to meal prep for breakfast, this sheet pan eggs recipe is going to save you so much time!
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A close up shot of baby French toast strips as well as bite-sized pieces on a parchment paper
4.90 from 19 votes

Savory French toast

This savory vegetable French toast or eggy bread is an EASY and fun way to use up leftovers. Suitable for babies 6 months and up!
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a lunchbox with omelette strips, freeze dried strawberries, roasted orange and purple sweet potatoes.
5 from 28 votes

Vegetable Omelette

Nutritious and easy to make, this baby-friendly omelette made with whatever veggies you have on hand is the perfect breakfast/snack for babies and toddlers!
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four oatmeals shaped into balls and plated on a white plate
5 from 28 votes

Homemade Baby Oatmeal

Learn how to cook the perfect oatmeal for baby. It's easy, fast, and customizable! Serve as is or as a finger food, baby led weaning style.
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three sliced baked oatmeal stacked on top of each other
5 from 15 votes

Savory Baked Oatmeal with Vegetables

This savory baked oatmeal is so easy to make and a great way to enjoy vegetables for breakfast! Perfect for baby led weaning and lunchboxes.
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Broccoli Lunch or Dinner Recipes

four pizza quesadilla triangles spread out on a parchment paper with pizza sauce spread on two pieces and fresh basil sprinkled throughout
5 from 16 votes

Pizza quesadilla

Try this healthy pizza quesadilla that's super EASY to whip up. 15 minutes to make, perfect for lunch or dinner, and suitable for babies and kids.
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Sliced protein pizza with toddler's hand grabbing one.
5 from 7 votes

Easy Protein Pizza

Made with 2-ingredient dough, this protein pizza is so easy to make and highly customizable. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy freshly baked pizza at home.
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A close up shot of pasta with broccoli and carrots.
5 from 14 votes

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Thirty minutes or less is all it takes to make this creamy broccoli pesto pasta. You can also save this bright, flavorful green pesto to enjoy with sandwiches, vegetables, salads, and so much more!
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An overhead shot of soup with spoon.
5 from 5 votes

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Wrap yourself in a blanket of warmth with this healthy broccoli cauliflower soup. It's packed with vegetables and protein, and it can be on your table in 30 minutes!
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An overhead shot of pasta bake with bottom left mixed in with cheese.
5 from 8 votes

Chicken Broccoli Pasta Bake

This creamy chicken broccoli pasta bake is made all in ONE pan. You don't even have to boil the pasta! It's hearty, flavor-packed, and oh so easy to make even on the busiest weeknight.
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A close up shot of scooped broccoli pasta.
5 from 34 votes

Creamy Broccoli Pasta

In need of an easy weeknight dinner? 15 minutes is all it takes to make this healthy one pot creamy broccoli pasta
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A close up shot of cooked pasta twirled around a fork.
5 from 10 votes

Thai Red Curry Pasta

20 minutes and a handful of pantry items are all you need to whip up this super easy vegetarian Thai red curry pasta with vegetables.
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peanut chicken and broccoli served with barley on a blue plate with a a fork
4.85 from 13 votes

Instant Pot Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Another EASY, 30 minute weeknight meal you can enjoy with your baby and kids! This Instant pot chicken and broccoli is also a great way to continue exposing your child to one of the top food allergens, peanuts.
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A close up shot of baked shells with fresh basil.
5 from 10 votes

Easy Stuffed Shells with Meat

These stuffed shells with ground beef and vegetables are a hearty make ahead dinner or freezer meal for the whole family to enjoy!
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cooked Chinese chicken mushroom in a large skillet with a spatula
5 from 10 votes

Low-Sodium Moo Goo Gai Pan

Chinese mushroom chicken stir-fry dish loaded with vegetables! This version is made baby and toddler-friendly with less sodium but plenty flavorful for the entire family to enjoy!
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ground beef and broccoli quinoa in a large blue skillet with a small amount scooped onto an orange spatula
5 from 13 votes

Healthy Korean Beef and Broccoli Quinoa

If you're in search of an easy, healthy weeknight meal, this Korean ground beef and broccoli quinoa is for you! It tastes like bulgogi and this one pot meal is also baby and toddler-friendly! 
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. My babies ate your Quinoa broccoli meatballs, like, daily..( I know I know they need variety). She loved them!