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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Kid-friendly Crispy Chickpea Nuggets

Check out these delicious Crispy Chickpea nuggets that are meat free.

  My boys love chicken nuggets but I think they are not the healthiest food for them. So I decided to make a meat-free version so they can enjoy those nuggets more often. These chickpea nuggets are easy to make and bake up in the oven/ not fried. These nuggets have the texture of chicken nuggets and a flavor similar to a mild hummus. I love all the meatless protein that my boys are getting. My boys love dipping these nuggets in barbecue sauce, dipping things into sauce makes everything taste better.  My boys sure love their dipping sauces and I think more ends up on their fingers and table than their mouth.

  I remember when my boys were little and the big messes they would make at meal time. Wait, have you looked at my floor, my boys still make messes when they eat but they are smaller messes. I can look back and laugh about the times my boys would throw their plate or bowl on the floor when they were done eating. I think I was mopping the floor after every meal. I wish this cool looking colorful   Osho Silicone Placemat was around when my boys were younger as I would have bought several of them. These silicone placemats are so practical! They hold your child's food and stick to their high chair tray or the table. No longer can your baby throw their plate on the floor when they are done eating. The colorful cute sections on the placemat just might make them eat their veggies too! I just love how the silicone placemat keeps the food separate and makes cleanup so much easier. You just remove the placemat from the table, along with all the food mess. Yea for less wiping up food mess! These Osho Silicone Placemats are going to be my favorite baby show gift to give.

 As a mom, I love that this cute placemat is made from 100% food grade silicone and free of BPA, PVC, BPP, Lead, and phthalates. Clean up is easy too as I just toss it into the dishwasher or wash by hand with hot soapy water.

 My boys love these Osho placemats when eating their Chickpea nuggets as it keeps the barbecue sauce away from their fruit and nuggets. My boys hate when their food touches each other. I love that the big separate compartment keeps the sauce off the table. Now I just have to figure out how to keep it off their shirts. Do your kids use their shirts for napkins? My boys can have a napkin on their lap and still wipe their fingers and their shirt.

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                  Crispy Chickpea Nuggets
           Makes 20 nuggets
                 1 cup breadcrumbs
                 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
                 1 cup canned chickpeas, save the water
                 1/2 cup water from the chickpeas
                 1 teaspoon salt
                 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
                 1 teaspoon garlic powder
 Preheat oven to 375 F
 Toast the breadcrumbs on a baking pan in the oven until golden.
 Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or lightly grease.
 In a food processor pulse the oatmeal until like powder.
Add the chickpeas and 1/2 cup of the reserved water along with the spices into the processor with the powder oats. Combine until it forms a paste.
Form the chickpea dough into 20 nuggets and coat with the breadcrumbs.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 17 minutes.

Sponsored post: I received an Osho Silicone Placemat to facilitate this post.


Jennifer L. said...

Wow these look amazing. I definitely want to make these next time I babysit my friend's children because they're gonna love them.

Kisa Johnson said...

I love the placemats! I'm not sure I could get my 3 1/2 year old to eat the chickpea nuggets. She has a hard time with any new food sadly. Then again I'm not sure I would do any good with them either, I have texture issues too.

Anna Nuttall said...

Very friendly kids mats. I should try out this idea for my niece. xx

Anosa said...

I don't have kids yet but I know kids really love chicken nuggets. And with this placemats, I am sure they would love to eat more.

Terri Beavers said...

Now those nuggets really look delicious. I will have to try these for the grandkids.

Fatima D Torres said...

This placemat is so bright and fun! I love how convenient it is, too. My mom friends are always raving about placemats. I'll have to look into these.

Unknown said...

My daughter loves chicken nuggets too! Have to try your Crispy Chickpea Nuggets recipe to change her menu up a little bit! The Osho Dinner Dish looks super cool! I'm sure kids love it too!

Jennifer said...

My 2 year old loves chicken nuggets so I think he would also like the chickpea nuggets. He is such a picky eater, though. I love foods like this for toddlers because they usually eat them with no problem.

Unknown said...

I would have never thought to use chickpeas to coat the chicken! That's such a genius idea! I might have to try this recipe soon, we eat tons of chicken so I'm always on the lookout for new takes on the classic!

Unknown said...

I never thought of using chick peas for chicken nuggets. This is such an interesting recipe. I might try making this.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

I like the place mat. My grandson is now in that stage that he is exploring different kinds of food. He is past the mushy diet and now likes food that he can hold, pick up and put in his mouth. The place mat would be a good idea for him. I'm getting that.

Unknown said...

My kids live on chicken nuggets and I hate that they eat them all the time. Although I'm sure they'd be able to tell the difference between these and regular nuggets, I still think I'll give them a try. Who knows? They may end up loving them and then I'll feel better about their "nugget" eating.

laborders2000 said...

I love that you are using chickpeas as nuggets. What a creative and unique idea. I think my kids would love this.

Aimee Geroux said...

I would have never thought to make nuggets out of chickpeas. Great idea. Those silicone mats are a lifesaver with kids who like to toss their dishes lol.

Carol Cassara said...

Love your healthy version of nuggets. I think it's awesome that you create recipes that the kids want with a healthier alternative, that's one of the best things that we can do for our kids. This silicone mat is really awesome!

Missy said...

How cute is this placemat?! My kids would love this! Yummy recipe, too! We eat a lot of chickpeas.

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