During the summer it’s easy to lose track of time and forget about your well thought out meal plans. But when you’re cooking your daughter’s favorite side dish and she’s getting an extra helping of veggies without realizing it, it’s worth sticking to your plan. My daughter has never been a big fan of veggies but she loves when I make kid friendly spinach squares. During the school year she happily asks for leftovers in her lunch the next day. This week I made spinach squares and everyone in the family was happy at dinnertime.
For as long as I can remember, getting my daughter to eat healthy has been challenging. It’s not that she prefers sweets, it’s that eating in general, is her most unfavorite thing to do. Add that to not preferring any fruits or veggies and every meal becomes complicated. As a baby, her very first food vegetable was green beans. She was not a fan.
my daughter’s first taste of green beans (2009)
Spinach squares are a side dish I can always rely on when I’m trying to sneak in some veggies. My daughter loves them with dinner and even will eat them cold as leftovers.
Kid friendly spinach squares recipe
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 C milk
- 16 oz grated cheese (your family preference, we use a jack/cheddar mix)
- 1 C unsalted butter, melted
- 1 C flour
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 C grated parmesan cheese
- 10 oz frozen spinach (chopped, thawed, drained)
Mix all ingredients.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread mixture into dish then top with parmesan cheese and paprika.
Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Allow to cool then cut into squares to serve.
Do you have any favorite recipes to sneak veggies to your children?