I was rereading part of Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron and she lists the “Super Green Veggies” as kale, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts, asparagus, swiss chard, okra, peas, and spinach.
She suggests that babies and toddlers (and the rest of us, too, I suppose) should have at least one serving of vegetables from this group everyday. I have to be honest and say that Meghan only eats three of those vegetables on a somewhat regular basis (broccoli, asparagus, and peas) and she definitely doesn’t get at least one serving a day. I was inspired to try to accomplish this feat, however, and decided to try to create a kid-friendly recipe that included spinach.
I include spinach in my own cooking all the time, but Meghan doesn’t usually want any part of the leaves. This recipe for spinach nuggets was a success. The nuggets were crispy and tasty. These are perfect for a toddler, but would also be great for a healthy snack for older kids.
I was able to do all the prep and get them into the oven while Meghan watched Sesame Street. They cooked in the oven and were ready by the lunch time. While they were cooking I decided a fun dipping sauce would be appropriate, especially since Meghan seems to love dipping her foods lately. With just a few simple ingredients, making the sauce is quite easy, and Meghan enjoyed “helping” me. You can make the dipping sauce, or just use ketchup. 🙂Print Print
Here is Meghan enjoying her nugget. Please excuse the crazy-baby hair. She was in a I-don’t-want-to-keep-my-bow-in kind of mood. She ended up enjoying the dip a little too much and eating the rest of it with her hands. I didn’t mind since the ingredients were healthy.