An awesome sneaky tasty treat for non-veggiesaurus kids.
Remember how easy it was to feed yourÂ little tykes their greens? I was happy to have those bottled baby food handy whenever I didnâ€™t have time to steam, chop and blend vegetables for my son. When the time came to wean him off baby food … boy, was that an entirely different ball game for me.
I nearly went off the bend trying to come up with different ways to make him eat veggies but whatever it is I cooked, ended up as wall art! It came to a point where he only ate mashed carrots and squash , but then after some time, Â I noticed he started having an orange glow to his skin.Â Come on, first time parent here and I was clueless about beta carotene overdose! Never have I thought too much carrots and squash could turn you into one ! So then the paediatrician told me to stop with the yellow vegetables and feed him more greens.Â The lil dinosaur was definitely not liking his green leafy vegetables and I was at my wits end. Â But Â then I discovered a way to trick the bugger . Greens in the processor and into the those sterilized empty baby food bottles I still kept around. Â And whaddaya know, eh? It worked !Â AtÂ least for a little while . Iâ€™m thinkingÂ he realized it didnâ€™t have the signature processed goopy texture.
Itâ€™s still a bit of a struggle these days to make him eat his daily serving of greens, but Iâ€™ve managed to find a few sneaky ways to cook green vegetables that he actually enjoys.Â The boy likes crispy food.Â He likes lettuce and broccoli because itâ€™s crunchy. But he was soooo much into Popeye when he was a younginâ€™ and he wasnâ€™t loving spinach at all. Hereâ€™s a tasty way to cooking spinach. And it doesnâ€™t have to be part of the meal! Serve as a snack while heâ€™s doing his homeworkÂ orÂ when heâ€™s on his teevo time. This is also an awesome party snack for kids and grown-ups as well. However, make sure you buy a big bunch of spinach because they disappear faster than you can cook them!
Crispy Spinach with Garlic Mayo-Sour Cream Dip
- 1 bundle of Spinach
- 1 egg
- 1 cup cold water
- Â½ teaspoon salt
- Â¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 Â½ cup cornstarch
- Â½ cup all-purpose flour
- cooking oil
Garlic Mayo-Sour Cream Dip
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve with cooked crispy spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- Â¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
- Dash of pepper
Cooking Procedure for Spinach
- Snip the spinach leaves. Wash them in cold water and pat dry .
- In a bowl, beat the egg and add in water, cornstarch, flour, salt and pepper.
- Toss the spinach leaves into the mixture until all the leaves are coated with the batter. Make sure the batter does not thickly coat the leaves. Add a little bit of water to thin it out.
- Heat cooking oil in a pan. Fry the leaves until crispy being careful not to cook them until they are brown.
- Strain the cooked pieces on paper towels to get rid of excess oil.
- Sprinkle cooked leaves with a dash of salt and pepper
- Serve with garlic mayo and sour cream dip
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