“Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.”
Doesn’t that sound most profound? Certainly does to me! My oldest son is super fussy. I do insist he eats whatever is served to him but he definitely doesn’t give in without a fight. Right on top of his most-hated-foods is, as with most kids his age, spinach. He also manages to include most vegetables in that ever-growing list. Therefore I prepared and served the following dish well prepared for a fight. Boy! was I in for a surprise. He actually liked it! Thank god for small mercies!!!!
I came across this recipe in a friends old cookbook and it manages to include various types of veggies AND spinach and STILL taste good enough for these fuss-pots. Tremendous, don’t you think?
Vegetable Medley with Creamy Spinach
3 cups mixed vegetables (capsicum, carrots, beans, green peas, potatoes, cauliflower)
2 onions sliced
1 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 cups spinach
½ cup cream
½ cup grated cheese
Cook the assorted vegetables and keep aside. Make sure they are not over cooked.
In a sauce pan heat the butter. Add the sliced onions and fry till translucent. Add the vegetables and continue to sauté for a minute or so. Put in the salt and pepper and keep aside.
Now for the spinach paste- wash and clean spinach under lots of running water. Cook until dry. When it is cool puree it in a blender.
To make the white sauce- heat the butter in a skillet, the flour and mix well for about 2 minutes. Add the milk and stir until well blended and thick in consistency. Throw in the salt and pepper and set aside.
To assemble simply beat the cream lightly and add the white sauce and spinach to it. Mix the vegetables. Add more seasoning if required. Garnish with the grated cheese. Pour the mixture into a prepared baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot with garlic/plain bread.