As I shared with you in my Kid-Friendly Spinach Quiche post, I was a horribly picky eater growing up. When I say horribly picky…I mean it. You know how most babies like fruit purees when they finally start trying some real food? Yea, well, not this one! I hated them. Almost all of them. If she gave me cereal, I gobbled it up. If she gave me fruit puree, even as an infant, I turned my nose up, crinkled it, and then refused to eat anything else until the cereal came back out. I liked a few veggie purees and bananas, but that’s about it.
Somehow, despite my giving her tons of trouble, my mom was able to find ways to get me to eat things that were good for me. I mean, we still had our struggles over dinner, but she had tricks up her sleeves for when I was having a bad week. One of those tricks was the quiche and another was this creamed spinach. Now, I did tweak the quiche recipe a little, but this creamed spinach is already so healthy. It’s made with just a little bit of butter and skim milk as opposed to heavy whipping cream. That said, it tastes so good you’d think it’s unhealthy!
No, really. I recently mentioned to my sister-in-law that I might post about it and she replied with something like, “Good luck! It’s probably made with heavy whipping cream, tons of butter, etc.” Yes my friends. It tastes so good that you’re going to think it’s this decadent side dish to be reserved for special occasions because it’s too rich and fattening. Thing is, we ate tons of it growing up because only my mom knew the truth!
This simple, healthy side dish tastes creamy and buttery, but is actually good for its eaters! You could sneak a lot of spinach into your little ones using this tactic, which would be great because it is packed with protein and tons of vitamins including lots of folate, which is very good for pregnant and nursing moms, too!
My family particularly likes this dish at brunch around the holidays, but it is also a wonderful side for dinner. My little brother actually used to request this as part of his birthday meal every year when we were growing up. He LOVED it – so much so that his birthday was not complete without it. This was quite the staple side dish in my childhood home. I hope it finds the same place in your homes, too!