My little guy is eating a lot more finger foods now. I've been trying to come up with yummy ways to incorporate dark greens, like spinach, in his finger food. I've made spinach balls for adults before, but they were made with salt, pepper, butter, and stove top mix. Not very good for baby, so I had to tweak the original recipe to come up with a healthy and yummy option for baby. I made these for my little one today for lunch, and he really liked them. I'm not going to lie, I had a few too and they were delish! This is for babies 9+ months.
Here's what you'll need:
10 oz package of frozen organic chopped spinach
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 to a 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 slices of whole wheat toast without crusts.
FYI this makes a big batch of spinach balls so you can freeze some. Preheat oven to 375F. Put frozen spinach in a medium pot with a little water over medium heat. Cover and defrost/cook for approx 5-8 minutes or until it's no longer frozen. Drain spinach and return to pot. Remove from heat and add one egg, parmesan cheese, nutmeg and garlic powder. Mix together until well blended. Cut up the toast into tiny pieces (think croutons), and add them to the spinach. Mix again. Using you hands, make bite size spinach balls, and place on a medium ungreased baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy! *Store the remaining spinach balls in the refrigerator for 3 days, or the freezer for 2 months*