I love playing around with recipes and creating new ones and my latest favorite thing: hiding veggies in everything I can! Did you know that a smoothie with strawberries and broccoli is actually really delicious? What about spinach? Did you know that by adding it to a variety of different things doesn’t really even alter the taste, that you can hardly taste the spinach in a lot of things?
My latest hidden-veggie creation was a spur of the moment thing. I made a big batch of old fashioned oatmeal to use most of it in a muffin recipe but I had enough left over for a couple servings for breakfast. My toddler loves oatmeal, and bananas, so that was easy. I simply mashed a whole banana into the oatmeal and added cinnamon. This is her favorite oatmeal mixture.
But then I saw the container of baby spinach in the fridge and I immediately thought of adding some in! Perhaps she won’t even notice.
- 2 cups cooked oatmeal
- 1 large handful fresh baby spinach leaves
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
- Mash the banana and mix it into the hot oatmeal. Mix cinnamon in well.
- Blend the spinach and yogurt together in a blender or food processor until relatively smooth. Add the spinach mixture to the oatmeal and mix well. Serve immediately.
I ended up mixing a large handful of baby spinach in my vitamix with about 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt. (we love the one from Trader Joes – it’s the lowest in sodium that we have been able to find and it’s super high in protein – 16 g per serving!), then I added it to the banana oatmeal mixture and sprinkled a little more cinnamon on top.
The verdict: my daughter loved it! She ate her entire bowl full and then asked for more! 🙂