I am always a little amazed at how much my picky eater loves spinach.
There are so many things that she doesn’t like, for so many reasons, but if I add spinach, herbs and lots of garlic, she’ll eat it. It’s a good thing too since we still have loads of spinach growing in the garden.
We started with one cheap packet of seeds about 18 month ago and the spinach has survived freezing ice, searing hot winds, several rouge chicken attacks, snails, slugs and a distinct lack of water and care, and is still going strong. It has to be one of the best value plants we’ve ever grown.
For a quick, easy, and cheap family meal we’ve come up with this simple cheesy spinach and herb pasta bake.
Last night we made our spinach pasta bake in little ramekins because my kids love having their own personal pot of dinner, but this works just as well in a big baking dish. And don’t scrimp on the herby crumbs, they are the best bit!
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and cooking temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures this website is useful.
This easy dinner is now a regular on our menu plan.
I’m planning to just switch out the spinach for zucchini when the we get to that point at the end of summer when we’ve grown more zucchinis than we know what to do with! And there are so many other veggies you could use in this recipe, and a little ham of bacon would be a great addition too.
What surprising foods do your kids like?
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