We all know how good our greens are for us, and yet for little people who aren’t quite eating salads just yet (will they ever?!), it can be quite difficult to get them in (for more on ways to do this, read this blog here) .
I was having to be creative in the kitchen when we realised he might have a tomato allergy. He would come up in this awful bumpy raised rash that almost stretched up to his eyes! It was there for a good few weeks and when I took him to the doctor they gave us some anti-fungal cream (no home remedies seemed to work). We used that but then also noticed that if he had citrus or tomato-based foods it would flare up. I didn’t think it would be too difficult to avoid these, but um… hello?! Slow-cooked lamb? Tomatoes. Lasagne? Tomatoes. Spag bol’? Tomatoes. A lot of other pasta sauces or curries? Tomatoes! Now I was really challenged.
We resorted to mum’s middle eastern chicken which is a creamy based curry (delicious by the way!), baked fish dishes, chicken carbonara and any curries that were tomato-free. Then I came across creamed spinach. Oh yes please.
This is something I devised when I was trying to make a pasta sauce with mince. Grub loves this and so do we actually. It can be served over pasta or mashed potato and you know it’s good for you when you see how green it is! And it’s also full of iron, protein and calcium. I definitely feel good seeing him wolf this down.
- 1 large bag of fresh spinach, washed and chopped or 100gm frozen (defrosted)
- 15g butter
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 4tbsp parmesan or cheddar cheese
- Pinch or two of nutmeg
- 300gm mince
- Heat a frying pan and melt butter over medium heat, then add the chopped spinach. Sauté until wilted.
- Add in the cheeses, milk and nutmeg and stir through until the cheese is melted.
- Transfer to a food processor (our nutri-bullet worked well too) and blend until smooth.
- In the same pan, brown your mince in a little oil until cooked, breaking it up as you go. Once cooked, remove from the heat and stir through the spinach mixture.
- Serve over pasta or mashed potatoes.
- Suitable for freezing.