Jessica Bates

writer | reader | mother | lover

November 27, 2018

Picky Eater Recipe: Cheesy Green Monster Bites (w/ Kale!)

I have a picky eater. And I was a picky eater.

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It takes one to birth one, I guess. But seriously, food can be such a struggle, and I really hate that. I get it. It’s one thing my kid can control — saying No when he doesn’t want food. And control is a big part of the problem with picky eaters.

He’s four, and he’s getting better at trying new foods. Sort of. When he’s in the mood. And when we bribe or threaten him. Ha! Kidding, sort of.

I digress. This is a post about Cheesy Green Monster Bites & how they got my son to happily eat kale. Now he requests Cheesy Green Monster Bites often, weekly actually!, so we make them a lot.

picky eater kale egg quinoa

Blurry picture, but seriously, my 4 year old LOVES these.

A tip to *trick* your picky eater: Make the names of new foods more FUN than normal.

Not quinoa kale bites, you guys. CHEESY GREEN MONSTER BITES. Because he had just learned about the Hulk that week & was super into green monstery things.

Anyway, I was desperately scrolling Pinterest to find a recipe that could possibly trick him into eating a vegetable.

I stumbled across a recipe on Pinterest for apple & cheese quinoa bites that I modified, and it has been such a hit that I decided to share it with you mamas and papas and caregivers who, like me, have picky eaters.

So, now that I had some success with my picky eater, I’m sharing this recipe with you in hopes that you can have some success with yours. And please, let me know in the comments 1) if you try this recipe & it works, and 2) what your picky eater’s favorite healthy recipe is. I need all the help I can get.

Cheesy Green Monster Bites Recipe for your Picky Eater

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, whatever type you have on hand
  • 1 cup kale, finely diced (I put a packed cup into the blender and pulse a few times.)
  • spices to taste (My kid likes salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.)
  • Olive oil for brushing
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except for olive oil) in a bowl.
  3. Scoop (using a spoon or ice cream scoop) onto a baking sheet. I brush mine lightly with olive oil before placing them onto the baking sheet, but you don’t have it. I’ve done it both ways.
  4. Push them together. They won’t be super sturdy, but don’t worry, they’ll firm up in the oven.
  5. Brush the tops with a little bit of olive oil.
  6. Pop in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Look for them to brown around the edges and slightly on the tops.

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Well, that was fun. I used to fantasize about running a food blog, but to be honest I don’t love cooking. I’m trying to get better at it. The actual liking it part.

What do I like? Reading & writing. Check out my reading list and my book, Birth & What Came After: poems on motherhood.

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