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Secret Veggie Turkey Nuggets

Cauliflower? In my nuggets?


  • canola cooking spray
  • ¾ cup chopped cauliflower
  • ¾ cup chopped zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean fresh ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon ground salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, combine cauliflower, zucchini, yellow onion and blend to a puree.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine pureed vegetables, turkey and ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.
  4. Set 3 medium bowls in line. In the first bowl, mix flour and remaining salt and pepper. In the second bowl, whisk eggs and water together. Place breadcrumbs in the third bowl.
  5. Roll balls in flour, then in egg mixture. Toss in breadcrumbs until completely coated; press down to form into a nugget shape. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, turn, and continue baking for 8 minutes or until fully cooked.
  7. Garnish with parsley flakes.

TIP: Serve nuggets with your favorite sauce!

Recipe courtesy of the ALDI test kitchen. Visit for more kid-friendly recipes!

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