Broccoli Tots: Tater tots made easy and healthy

The problem with college is that students usually have no time or money, but still want to be healthy. Eating good food usually means students have to make it themselves, and it’s often more expensive. Most people resort to unhealthy meals because they are fast and cheap, which leads to things like the Freshman 15. For me, tater tots are one of my favorite snacks, but I usually just end up feeling bad instead of satisfied when I eat them. That’s why I was very excited to stumble upon a recipe for broccoli tots, which are still delicious and fun to eat but much better for you.

This recipe was very simple to make, and the ingredients were cheap to get ahold of, with about half of them being things I already had.

Ingredients:

12 oz. chopped broccoli

1 egg

1/4 cup scallions

2/3 cup cheddar

2 cloves garlic

Salt to taste

Hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1.     Chop the heads off the broccoli stems.
  2.     Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, throw the broccoli in for about two minutes, or until it is soft.
  3.     Chop it into very fine pieces.
  4.     In a bowl, mix everything together.
  5.     Use your hands to form the mixture into a cylindrical tot shape, and place them on a baking sheet.
  6.     Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until they start to get golden brown on the outside.

Dip them in ketchup, ranch or any other sauce or just eat them plain. In my opinion, they are best warm when they’re crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, but they can be refrigerated for a few days as well.