Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Got My Kids to Eat Spinach


I finally got the kids to eat spinach and beg for seconds. A huge triumph with my 4 year old. I did it by blending creamy frozen spinach into his favorite pasta, penne, and adding cheese. The result was a gooey, cheesy and very yummy meal. When I make dishes like this I will usually attempt to make them a bit healthier by substituting whole grain pasta for the regular pasta and using low fat cheeses. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
½ a box of penne
1 (14 ounce) can of artichoke hearts, rinsed and quartered
1 (9 ounce) box of frozen creamed spinach, thawed
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups shredded mozzarella
Directions:
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain, and return to pot. Heat Broiler.
Add the artichokes, spinach, parmesan and half the mozzarella to pasta along with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
Transfer the pasta mixture to a shallow 2 quart (or 8x8 square) broil proof baking dish.
Broil until the cheese is browned in spots, 2-3 minutes.
(Adapted from Real Simple)

I doubled this recipe because I love leftovers - that's why my dish is not 8x8

27 comments:

  1. Thank you for this idea! It looks super easy and yummy! My husband doesn't really like veggies either, but I know he'll eat this!

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  2. OH MY GOSH! It's only 8:40am and I want a big plate of this right now! It sounds amazing!

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  3. ooh this does sound yummy. I did something similiar Sunday for dinner and put it in shells. I'm going to have to add the artichokes next time. thanks

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  4. This looks wonderful! My kids would love this!

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  5. Can't wait to try this! Looks easy and tasty!

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  6. thanks for sharing this recipe, i will try this to my kids so that they will eat spinach.

    Noobfoodie

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  7. oh, looks delicious, loved to try this one day...my kids love pasta in cream sauces:)

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  8. This looks great - love spinach and artichoke!

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  9. Great way to get the kiddos to eat veggies!!! I WOULD LOVE THIS. Thanks for posting.

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  10. kids are smart nowadays,if they see green, they already know its veggies...this dish looks yummy to me, thanks for sharing

    here's my food TRIP friday entry

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  11. Spinach and artichoke... very great combination!

    my Food Trip Friday post

    Happy weekends!

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  13. Mmmmmm! I love spinach! No kids here, but I think Sexy Nerd will enjoy this recipe :)

    If you get a chance later today, I'd love for you to stop by to link up to my Not "Baaad" blog hop!

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  14. Yum, love the addition of the artichoke hearts. I'll have to try this.

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  15. This looks so good! I think I'll put it on the menu this week and give it a try! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a great day! http://sewcahtty.blogspot.com

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  16. must be really yummy and its a great idea for kids...will definitely try it! thanks for sharing. have a great week! :)

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  17. I wanted to let you know that your recipe has been featured on What's Cooking Wednesday! It looks SO YUMMY! I can't wait to try this out!

    Be sure to stop by and link up some more great recipes!

    http://notsohomemade.blogspot.com/2011/01/chicken-dumplings-112-whats-cooking.html

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  18. I made this last night!!! YUM! Trader Joe's didn't have creamed spinach just regular so I added a jar of their alfredo sauce...so good! A new favorite for sure! I doubled it and took half to our friends who just had a baby. Thanks so much for sharing! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  19. So simple and I bet this is fabulous!

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  20. We are not huge spinach fans, but this reminds me of spinach dip in pasta form! I have to try this! :)

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  21. That's GREAT, I could never get my kids to eat it if they could "see it". Sounds like a wonderful recipe! This is gonna be a fun week, seeing what "secret ingredient" people hide in their recipes!

    Just a "sneak peak" for next week, the theme is "HUBBY COOKS". So, we hope to see you again next Monday (and maybe if you don't already have a husband that cooks, you can talk him into making you dinner this week... that's what I have to do!)

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/search/label/THIS%20WEEKS%20CRAVINGS

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  22. just added this to next week's menu. Looks great!

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  23. yum! I could see people asking for seconds or thirds of this!

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  24. You can't go wrong with spinach, artichoke and cheese! Yumm!! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I love everything about this (except maybe the calories) but you only live once! :)

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