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Last Sunday I ran into my friend Leslie at the farmers market. We started talking about weelicious and a recipe that she had come up with for her adorable son, August. She said that the rice ball recipe I had made for the website inspired her to try a polenta version. She took me through how she did it and I thought it was a genius and healthy idea. I changed it up a bit, but so can you. Feel free to use greens instead of broccoli or cheddar instead of Monterrey jack. This is a perfect recipe to improvise on. Also, if your little one isn’t ready for bites yet, you can do a pureed version.
Trader Joe’s (to the rescue, again) sells organic polenta packaged in an 18 oz. tube, which is a huge time saver. Since it’s also gluten free, it’s a perfect option for little ones with allergies. You only need half of the tube for this recipe, so you could take the leftover portion and pan sear slices for your dinner and serve it with some fresh tomato sauce and cheese.
Kenya loved popping these little bites in his mouth!

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Polenta Balls

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 Cup broccoli florets
  • 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Tofu, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 Tube 9 ounces polenta

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    Nutrition

    Sodium: 40mg | Calories: 20kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 1g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

    Comments

    1. […] inspired to make these after seeing something similar on weelicious.com. Of course, I believe in just using what you have on hand, so I made the following cheesy spinach […]

    2. […] inspired to make these after seeing something similar on weelicious.com. Of course, I believe in just using what you have on hand, so I made the following cheesy spinach […]

    3. These sound great, and I REALLY want to make them for my son, but he can’t eat tofu…

      Could you suggest a substitution, or can I just omit the tofu?

      Many thanks 🙂

    4. I made these for my 22 mo old DS today. They tasted good but too much garlic. My son took a bite and spit it out. Next time I would do 1/4 tsp garlic powder and taste the mix to see if it is ok.

    5. We tried these tonight! My son is 4 but hates veggies. We used sweet potato instead of broccoli since I knew he’d freak out at the green bits. We skipped the Italian seasoning. We had my son take part in rolling the balls, which I think helped. He was skeptical as he put one to his mouth but then announced that it was actually good. A hit!

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