Before having kids, I thought the concept of hiding veggies in their food was besides the point. I mean, how does that teach them to eat the real stuff? However, once having a little fussy eater of my own, I realised that getting kids to eat vegetables can indeed be a battle and hiding veggies does have its purpose. You don’t want to constantly be in their face trying to get them to eat vegetables as it just creates lots of negativity around mealtime and probably makes them hate it even more. It’s important to keep offering visible vegetables so they eventually get used to them, but I think knowing they are eating some hidden veggies just takes the stress off the parent and also allows the child to learn to like vegetables in their own time without fuss.
Here are my top 4 ways of hiding SPINACH.
1. Cheese sticks.
These make a quick and yummy breakfast. All it takes is 1 cup flour (preferably wholemeal), 1 cup fresh spinach (or about 1/2 cup defrosted if frozen), 1/2 cup grated cheese (tasty or mozarella works fine), and 2 tablespoon butter. Pulse all together in a food processor/Thermomix while slowly dribbling in just enough milk to combine it (which is really not much at all). Roll it out into sticks and bake at about 160-180 degrees for about 15 minutes or until slightly browned. Plenty for bubba and Mummy to enjoy.
You will be amazed how well spinach mixes into fruit smoothies. I promise you won’t even taste it. We usually use frozen berries, frozen mango, a big handful of spinach and milk. Ideally it’s good to use a non-animal milk like almond so that it doesn’t interfere with iron absorption. We often make our own almond milk but when we’re out and I’m lazy, we just use cow’s. If you don’t mind your smoothies without that creaminess, I suppose you don’t have to use milk at all.
3. Homemade pasta/noodles
Just blend spinach into pasta sauce for a super sneaky and easy spinach meal. Best received in our house when served with dinosaur-shaped pasta.