Eggplant Veggie Nuggets

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They’re made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

You guys know I love sneaking garden vegetables into everything, so it might not surprise you that I turned a kids classic dinner food into something a little more nutritious with the help of eggplant!

These taste just like regular “chicken nuggets” but are 100% vegetarian. Instead of meat, we use shredded eggplant.   Not only does my daughter love them, but my meat-eating husband can’t keep his paws off them either.  It’s a win win when I get my whole family to eat more vegetables!

Veggie Nuggets Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded eggplant (this is about a medium sized eggplant)
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (I save $ and buy this in bulk)
  • additional bread crumbs to roll the nuggets in

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

How to Make Nuggets at Home

You will need 2 cups shredded eggplant.  First you’ll want to peel your eggplant. 
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Now you’ll want to shred your eggplant.  You can either use a grater or if you have a food processor, use that as it’s super quick!
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

We want to remove the excess water from the eggplant before cooking it.  To do this I place the shredded eggplant in a colander above a bowl and firmly press on it.  I do this a few times until most of the water is removed from it. 
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Now place your eggplant, eggs, salt, all purpose flour, bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese into a large bowl.
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Using your hands, form into nugget shapes.  Then roll around in additional bread crumbs to completely cover them.
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan over medium high heat. Once it’s heated add your nuggets to it. 
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Cook them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned.  
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

You might have to do 2 rounds of this depending on your pan size.  If you’re going to do this twice, make sure your pan is still greased, or add a little bit more olive oil to it.  This helps brown the nuggets.

And just like that you have a plate filled with yummy eggplant Veggie Nuggets to eat!
Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

If you’re going to eat these immediately for dinner, serve with whatever dipping sauce you like.  I love BBQ sauce, while my daughter loves ketchup and my husband loves mustard.  So many options!

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Nutrition Info – Low Calories, Low Carb

These Veggie Nuggets come in at only 111 calories a serving making them a healthy dinner option for you and your family.  Eggplants boasts a high number of antioxidants and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It’s also a non-starchy vegetable so it’s low carb. 

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

How long do nuggets last in the freezer?

About 6 months.

These veggie nuggets will last about 6 months in the freezer. I like to make a double batch of these, to freeze one for later usage.  These are one of my go to lunch foods for my daughter for school, so I often defrost a couple to throw in her lunch box.    To freeze I place them in a freezer bag.  When I need some, I simply just take a couple out of the bag and throw in the microwave. 

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Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Sneaky Vegetable Recipes

Here’s other ways you can innocently sneak veggies in food:

Zucchini Nuggets

Spinach Brownies

Cauliflower Pasta

Cucumber Bread

Sweet Potato Cookies

Black Bean Brownies

Celery Soup

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 Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

 

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Course lunch box, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Veggie Nuggets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 111 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded eggplant (about medium size eggplant)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • additional bread crumbs to roll nuggets in

Instructions

  1. Peel and shred eggplant. Place shredded eggplant in a colander and press on it, removing the excess liquid. Put shredded eggplant in a large bowl.

  2. Add eggs, salt, flour, bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese to bowl. Use your hands or a spoon to completely mix.

  3. Add olive oil to a frying pan over medium high heat. Shape eggplant mixture into nugget shapes and roll in additional bread crumbs to cover.

  4. Place nuggets in frying pan cooking until brown on both sides. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on one side before flipping to the other side. If you can't fit all the nuggets into the frying pan, you will need to repeat this process.

  5. Serve right away with bbq sauce, ketchup and mustard. They also freeze great, I like to put them in freezer bags and defrost in microwave.

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