Thursday, 12 July 2012

Spinach and goats cheese bites for babies and toddlers

Ok, another variation on a recipe... but this one is really scrumptious, definitely my best "vegetable bite" recipe.  It's great because spinach can be a tough sell to most kids but most importantly, it tastes pretty darn good.




Spinach and Goats cheese bites - makes approx 10

Ingredients

Two blocks of frozen chopped leaf spinach (this weighed 45g or about 1.5oz)
1 slice of bread, chopped into small cubes
50g, 2oz soft, creamy goats cheese, crumbled
25g, 1oz extra mature or vintage cheddar (sharp cheddar)
2 eggs
A few grindings of freshly grated nutmeg

Method

Defrost the blocks of spinach and mix with the bread (I used a sunflower and chia seed bread but you can use any bread you like).  Crumble in the goats cheese and grate or crumble in the cheddar.  Add the eggs and nutmeg and mix.

Oil a mini muffin tin with olive oil and fill each hole with the mix.  Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 200oC / 400F and cook for 15-18 minutes (16 minutes in my fan oven) or until well browned and cooked through.



Serve with vegetables.  I have no idea if these are good cold, probably but they were too tasty warm and they all got eaten!

If you like this, you might like broccoli nuggets or courgette and feta bites.

For those who know me very well, you may be aware life is pretty tough in the Mamacook household right now, I'm going through a difficult time with lots of things and my whole life feels up in the air.  So, much in the style of Amelie, I am cultivating a love of simple pleasures.

Home grown!  Not bad

Today picking my first ever home grown strawberries (which had escaped the slug onslaught) and giving them to my son as pudding was very much a simple joy.  There is something which feels so wonderful about eating a fruit or vegetable moments after picking it.



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19 comments:

  1. Oh these look fantastic. I think they'll be made this weekend.. And the simple things? Well, they're generally the best ones in my experience :) x

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    1. Yeah. I'm trying to focus on that! Difficult week and more difficult times ahead unfortunately.

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  2. I love all your mini bites and really must make some as I'm sure my kids would both adore them being cheesie fiends. These one's first though as we have lots of spinach to pick in the garden! Such a great idea, thanks. Louisa

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    1. I decided to make these straight away after reading your blog this lunch time, along with a batch of the courgette and feta ones too. Both absolutely delicious and amazingly quick to make. Most wolfed down by my two year old son (screaming more more cake between every one!) and myself, but saving a few for my daughter when she gets home later....she's sure to love them too. Thanks so much, a huge hit. I might even make them for kids parties as a bit of savoury goodness.

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    2. Oh that's fantastic! You've made my day, I'm so glad your son liked them.

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  3. I am going to try these in the caravan next week. Wish me luck...

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    1. Hi, I was very confused what to give my 3 year old for lunch today, like most mums. Landed on your blog and found this recipe made my day. So easy to make and healthy. My preincess liked it as well. Thank you for posting it. Lovely recipes and nice Blog.

      Good luck !..

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    2. Thank you, that's brilliant!

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  4. Just made these for lunch for my 10 month old - he loved them! I also enjoyed eating a few (i'm trying to teach sharing - obviously) :-)
    A great way to get spinich and eggs into him. Thanks!

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    1. Cool! Spinach is full of good stuff and eggs are one of the few food sources of vitamin D. Thanks for pointing that out, I hadn't twigged how nutritionally rich this was!

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  5. If I want to make a bunch for a party, are 2 eggs per batch really necessary? I want to triple the recipe but 6 eggs does seem like a lot...

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    1. It does sound like a lot but that's for 30 'bites' so only a fifth of an egg each. Eggs are also pretty cheap even when free range.

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  6. these look great! so tasty...

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    1. Thank you. I hope you like. A great way to get in some hidden vegetables if you have a reluctant vegetable eater.

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  7. Love anything with goats' cheese but these look particularly yummy.
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    1. I do too, I'm a bit of a goats cheese addict but then I spent Saturday with my son at the Artisan Cheese Fair. (He loves his stilton!)

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