These spinach recipes for kids will tempt even the pickiest eater! You’ll be able to serve the green vegetable without the stress. With recipes like spinach smoothies, muffins, and even brownies, your kids won’t have any complaints while eating their new favorite vegetable.
My grandfather on my dad’s side was in the Navy and one of the things I remember most growing up was his perfectly spot-on impersonation of Popeye.
Now that I think of it, he actually kind of looked like Popeye, too!
He was not a good cook (sorry, Grandpa) but one of his “famous” for better or worse recipes was his vegetable lasagna, which included every frozen vegetable under the sun.
He used a few different bags of frozen veggies including some medley thing with lima beans, which he convinced my brother and me that if we ate them, our eyes would be glow in the dark.
I don’t know, guys, my family is weird.
Anyway, one of the veggies included was spinach, which in a normal lasagna is pretty good, but in this one.. not so much. It scared my brother for a long time from eating spinach, I’m sure.
In general, getting kids to eat spinach is a task that the strongest sailor man might find daunting. It just looks healthy. Bright green and light and used in salads, it’s pretty much everything that kids hate.
Benefits of Spinach for Kids
Regardless, we all know spinach should be in our family’s diet. It brings so much to the table, we’d be remiss not to attempt at least occasionally to get it into our kids.
We all know that spinach is good for
Vitamins A, C, E, K and folate packed spinach ensures improved immunity and a strong, healthy body.
Antimicrobial properties can help with digestion and other tummy bugs.
Fiber helps keep little bellies regular and fuller longer.
Iron, potassium, and calcium mean that little brains will get the nutrition they need for improved brain development.
All of these and so many more are reasons we should make the effort to find kid-friendly spinach recipes. The problem is, with a bright green color it can be incredibly difficult to ‘hide’ spinach in food to get it in the pickiest eaters.
Lucky, as always – I’ve got you! I’ve tested the best spinach recipes for kids with my own picky eaters and I’m coming at you with the best of the best. With these recipes, your kids will not only eat spinach, but they’ll be asking for seconds.
The Best Spinach Recipes for Kids
This is a collection of the best kid friendly spinach recipes. From smoothies to muffins or pasta bakes, you’ll be able to find something for everyone here!
Veggie Pesto Pasta Sauce This is a big favorite in my house. The ricotta, basil, and Parmesan cheese overpowers any veggie flavor. Plus, the peas add a kid-friendly sweetness kids will love.
Spinach Smoothie I serve my boys a veggie smoothie nearly every single morning. The reason I love this option most of all is that I don’t even have to cook anything! Win.
Blender Spinach Banana Muffins Not only are these kid friendly muffins packed with spinach, but they are made in a blender! How fun and easy is that for a spinach recipe for kids?
Cheesy Spinach Zucchini Quesadillas What kid doesn’t love quesadillas? I love that this is both kid friendly and sneaks in TWO vegetables.
Basil Chicken Pasta Sauce This is totally genius – I mean, basil looks like spinach as it is! By chopping up the spinach finely, you’ll never know it’s there.
Baked Ziti with Hidden Veggies I love that this kid friendly staple is packed with veggies – chopping all of them up before adding is my favorite way to sneak in veggies.
Turkey Meatballs My boys adore meatballs. These spinach meatballs use healthier turkey and are egg-less so a guilt free dinner.
Spinach Tots These veggie nuggets are packed with spinach and zucchini, but look like kid friendly nuggets or tater tots.
Even more kid-approved Spinach Recipes..
Spinach and Artichoke Dip Spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite things – and I mean, if it’s packed with veggies it’s healthy, right? RIGHT?
Spinach Muffins. These sweet muffins look so simple, but also like an awesome spinach recipe for toddlers or big kids.
Spinach and Ricotta Calzones Growing up in NJ, I’ve had my fair share of calzones – but I’ve never made one! Need to try this out – I bet no one would even care about the spinach.
Green Tortillas. How genius is this?! Put the spinach in the tortillas! This way you can use them with your favorite meals, but know there is a vegetable hidden in there.
Parmesan Mac and Cheese I’ve always loved making veggie packed pasta sauces, but I love the idea of adding wilted spinach to mac and cheese!
Spinach Brownies. Probably one of my FAVORITE spinach recipes for kids. Could there be a more genius way to hide spinach? The chocolate will definitely cover the taste of the spinach.
Green Smoothie Waffles. This might even convince me to unearth my never used waffle maker.
okay, so tell me – what vegetable do your kids hate? Which of these would they like best? let me know in the comments!
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