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Don’t Like Spinach? Try this!

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On my husband’s side of the family they have Age Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness.  So I’m always trying to get green leafy veggies in my family’s diet any way I can. Eating these foods most days of the week is important for prevention of ARMD.

The only problem… they’re not big fans of green leafies that are readily available, prewashed and convenient – like spinach.

So here was my solution this week–which was well received and gone in a day!  I should have made more.

First:

  • I put about ¼ cup of Earth’s Balance Non GMO, non-hydrogenated buttery spread in a pan on low heat
  • Added 4 chopped celery stalks (it always adds a nice flavor)
  • A large bunch of scallions chopped
  • I cooked these for about 5 minutes until soft

Second:

  • Then I added whole bag of Trader Joe’s organic baby spinach
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • I brought these to a boil, then covered and simmered for about 15 minutes

Third:

  • Used an emersion blended to blend right in the pot. If you don’t have one, transfer the soup to a food processor. I asked for an emersion blender for Christmas. It eliminates one more thing to wash!

Everyone ate it and no one added salt. It was a very thin soup. You could add corn starch to thicken it if you like. No one is a big fan of spinach at our house, but they all enjoyed this soup… and I’m happy to protect my family’s vision!

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12 Responses to “ Don’t Like Spinach? Try this! ”

  1. Sara Lucero on February 25th, 2010 11:27 am

    I am always looking for quick, easy and healthy that hubby, daughter and I will all eat. Thank you! I’m looking forward to trying this and some of your other suggestions!

  2. jamie bell on February 25th, 2010 11:59 am

    I just tolerate spinach. I’ll eat with mandarin oranges but you know how kids like it separate. I will try the soup because it looks easy. thanks

  3. Anita Jones-Mueller on February 25th, 2010 1:44 pm

    This sounds like a great recipe that my kids will enjoy. Love your tips for helping keep our kids healthy! Thanks!!

  4. Priscilla McCrea on February 25th, 2010 2:20 pm

    I have been trying to get my friend to eat spinach for months. I will definitely give that soup a try and hopefully she will like it. Not many people enjoy spinach or vegetables in general, it is so great that you provide these wonderful tips for us to use. Thank you!

  5. Corinne on February 25th, 2010 2:30 pm

    Fabulous recipe! Always looking for new TASTY recipes for parents, so their children will eat more veggies! Good stuff!

  6. Rachel on February 25th, 2010 3:07 pm

    Awesome! Great idea for getting in those spinach leaves, yum.

  7. Carol Sloan on February 25th, 2010 3:08 pm

    What an easy and quick recipe not just for young families for for anyone who needs to up veggie intake (isn’t that all of us!) Keep these recipes comin…….

  8. Meri Raffetto on February 25th, 2010 3:54 pm

    That sounds really interesting…I’m going to try it this weekend. Good idea- thanks!

  9. Andrea Nepa on February 26th, 2010 12:29 pm

    Another idea is to try spinach loaf (my daughter loves it): Mix about 2 cups cooked rice with 2 beaten eggs, a box of chopped frozen spinach (thawed and drained), salt and about a cup of shredded cheese. Place in loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min. to 1 hour.

  10. Ray Tsang on February 26th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Fantastic! We need more this kind of creative recipes. Looks very delicious.

  11. Armando Torellini on February 27th, 2010 12:45 am

    Sounds really good, I am huge fan of spinach myself! … I will definitively give it a try!

  12. aprilanne hurley on March 16th, 2010 11:48 am

    Hi Melissa – I really like this site, it is jam packed with great info. on nutrition for kids… and adults 🙂 You idea to blend in the spinach is a great way to “sneak in” nutrition where you can iand I am going to experiment it with a few veggies and even other food sources that my youngest son should eat but won’t because he is such a picky eater! Thanks so much! aprilanne

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