I've found, the best way to use spinach in recipes is if you start from frozen. This way you can use only what you need and it doesn't go bad. You can either pre-chop it frozen in a food processor, or if you're lazy like I am, you can just beat the bag on the counter a little to break the spinach up and use tiny pieces that accumulate at the bottom of the bag. I only add about a handful at a time to dishes, depending on their size. You want the kids to eat it, and if you use too much it becomes obvious. The key is to use it often.
Here are some of the things I add spinach to:
- Cook in pan first (with a little garlic if possible)
- Stuffed shells
- Add frozen
- Tomato sauce
- Soups and stews
- Pot roast
- Black beans
So that's it! Do have any good ideas for sneaking healthy food to kids? Send it to me, and I might post it on the blog.