Why are kids so offended by green stuff? My toddler LOVES pasta, but even spinach pasta (which contains nothing more than a sprinkle of spinach powder) will have her furrowing those little eyebrows suspiciously.
Since Ellie’s vocabulary has expanded to include adjectives such as “disgusting” and “yucky”, she likes to verbally abuse her green food items before swiftly depositing them off the edge of her tray. Sound familiar??
I was struggling with mealtimes when I stumbled upon this total lifesaver of a recipe. Spinach and Parmesan bites are genius because it means my 2-year-old will effortlessly scoff an entire bag of spinach. Even though I consider myself a foodie (this just means I like to eat), I’m not usually one for bigging up recipes, in fact, this is my first ever recipe post. However, I’ve come back to this one time and time again for more than a year, and it’s a huge hit every time. Even baby Osci is wolfing them down now! So I feel I have a parental duty to share this awesome recipe with the world, especially other parents who are struggling to feed their little ones veggies.
Luckily, it also happens to be the easiest recipe in the world. 30 minutes from start to finish, with only 6 simple ingredients. Quick, toddler-friendly and wholesome. Win, win and win!
1 bag of spinach (8oz/227g)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of plain flour
1 handful of grated Parmesan (save some for sprinkling on top)
1 tablespoon of soft cheese or Greek yoghurt
A pinch of salt and pepper
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C / 350 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper or brush with olive oil
2. Microwave spinach in a suitable bowl for 3 minutes and once cool, squeeze out as much liquid as you can using a tea towel or cheese cloth. You’ll be left with a generous handful of solid spinach.
3. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until sticky but textured. You can blend for longer until ultra smooth if your kiddo is not up for lumpy stuff.
4. If the consistency is too wet, add more flour gradually. If too dry, add a little more yoghurt or soft cheese. The mixture shouldn’t be too sloppy to handle but does need some moisture so they don’t dry out in the oven.
5. Flour your hands and scoop up a teaspoon of spinach mixture (be prepared to get a little sticky), roll into a ball and flatten into a round on the baking tray. They don’t have to be round of course …
6. Continue, leaving a 1 cm gap between each.
7. This recipe produces 10 to 15 rounds, depending how big each one is. I make mine 2-bite size (toddler bite sizes that is, only 1 bite for me!)
8. Sprinkle some Parmesan on top and bake for 15 minutes or until the tops have started to turn ever so slightly golden. Be careful not to over bake.
9. Cool on a cooling rack and put to the toddler taste test!
I’m entirely confident that you little ones will love these are much as mine do. And once you’ve tasted them, you’ll see why! Happy munching 🙂