Broccoli Cheese Pinwheels

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This is an easy, veggie filled lunch that you can make for you and your toddler!

This is a good one to make if your toddler is still learning to like broccoli! It has lots of bread and cheese which your toddler might already like that can help them want to eat the broccoli. Either way, these are delicious for the whole family!

Why I Love These For My Kids

1. Playful Presentation: Toddlers are all about sensory experiences, and these pinwheels offer just that. The swirled appearance of the pinwheels is a visual delight that ignites their curiosity and makes mealtime an exciting adventure.

2. Comfort in Familiarity: Introducing new ingredients to toddlers can be a bit of a challenge. These pinwheels cleverly combine ingredients your toddler might already enjoy – bread and cheese – with the intriguing addition of steamed broccoli. It’s a gentle nudge into the world of greens.

3. Finger Food Frenzy: Toddlers are masters of self-feeding, and finger foods are their allies. Broccoli Cheese Pinwheels are perfectly sized for tiny hands to grasp and explore, allowing your little one to feed their curiosity along with their hunger.

4. Nutritional Boost: These pinwheels sneak in a nutritious punch while satisfying your toddler. The presence of steamed broccoli introduces essential vitamins and minerals, ensuring that every bite contributes to their growth and development.

5. Social Sharing: Toddlers love to mimic, and sharing a meal can be a social experience. This is a meal that you will love to eat along with your toddler!

What You Will Need

  1. Chopped steamed broccoli- I use frozen broccoli which I microwave to steam.
  2. Cream cheese
  3. Crescent roll dough
  4. Cheddar cheese- you could also use mozzarella, but I love cheddar the best!

Tools:

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

Step 1: Steam and Chop Begin by steaming your broccoli. If you’re using frozen broccoli, a quick microwave steam will do the trick. Once steamed, chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces.

Step 2: Creamy Base Unroll the crescent roll dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread a layer of cream cheese over the dough, creating a smooth foundation that complements the other flavors.

Step 3: Broccoli Sprinkle the chopped steamed broccoli evenly over the cream cheese layer. The broccoli adds a burst of color and freshness.

Step 4: The Roll-Up Carefully roll up the dough, beginning from one end and guiding it gently to the other. The combination of cream cheese and broccoli will create a delightful spiral!

Step 5: Slice and Bake Using a sharp knife, slice the rolled dough into individual pinwheels. Arrange them on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet, giving them a little space to expand. Gently pinch the roll together to keep it from coming apart.

Step 6: Bake to Perfection Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Once ready, slide the baking sheet into the oven and allow the pinwheels to bake until they’re golden and irresistibly flaky.

Storage

After cooling completely, you can store these pinwheels in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. You can freeze in a zip lock bag for up to two months. To reheat, microwave for 30 second increments.

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4.65 from 17 votes

Broccoli Cheese Pinwheels

Servings: 4 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 crescent roll can
  • Cream cheese
  • 1 cup chopped steamed broccoli
  • Cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Open a can of crescent roll dough. Lay it out flat and make sure there are no gaps in the dough.
  • Spread a layer of cream cheese over the dough.
  • Add chopped steamed broccoli (I use frozen broccoli, which I microwaved to steam).
  • Add as much cheddar cheese as you want on top.
  • Starting at one end, roll the whole thing up.
  • Cut into 1 inch pieces. Place the pinwheels the baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes or until dough is cooked and golden brown.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Lunch
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