Sunny Tot Bites

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If you've been hanging around here for any length of time, you know that we're big fans of all sorts of healthy snack foods.  

But recently, I wanted to have something on hand that would do double-duty:  something easy to grab for a quick snack, but also decent enough to be a meal if I was in an even-lazier-than-normal mood and just wanted to make a ginormous salad for dinner and nothing else.

Now, Gv will eat all sorts of things you wouldn't expect a preschooler to consume, but raw lettuce is not one of the items on that list.

That means that my lazy-salad-only nights end up not quite as lazy as I'd like, since I still have to figure out something different to fix for our little anti-greens gal.

Ha!  But I've got a new secret weapon - these Sunny Tot Bites!

They're ridiculously simple to make, freeze easily in a zippered bag, and heat up in no time flat in the toaster oven (you have managed to get yourself a toaster oven by now, haven't you?)

I usually make a mixture of mini- and regular-sized tots so that I can use them for both snacks and dinners, but you might prefer to keep all the same size of tots on hand at your house instead.

What You Need

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup cooked millet (or use more quinoa, or substitute some other grain)

1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup chopped spinach

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 clove minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt (feel free to add in a few shakes of your favorite herbs, as well)

1 egg

What You Do

1.  Grab a big old bowl and dump all the ingredients in.  Mix everything up and then fill a mini-muffin tray and/or liners like these.  Be sure to mush everything down really well to help it stick together.

2.  Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Have you been looking for a way to get more healthy vittles into the bellies at your house?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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