My little man is definitely a veggie eater, and I couldn’t be happier. But I’ll admit I’ve been lacking in the creativity department lately. A little boy can only be expected to eat so many lentils and sweet potatoes. So, I challenged myself to find a way to get more greens in that sweet little tummy…the result? Mommy and Me Spinach Mozzarella Bites!
I’m really excited about this recipe for a few reasons. First, it’s super easy to make, and loaded with fresh spinach. It’s also toddler-friendly without being messy. We barely even had to wash hands after these! And, given that we always have extra spinach from our garden during the growing season, these are an easy way to use it up without having spinach salad every. single. day.
(Please note: I’m sure there are other similar recipes out on the web. This one was simply born from the ingredients that happen to be on hand in my kitchen. All ingredients are estimated, so you may need to tweak to suit your tastes.)
Mommy and Me Spinach Mozzarella Bites
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
- 1/2 cup Organic Valley shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 Organic Valley egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (use panko, whole wheat, seasoned or whatever you may have on hand.)
- 1 dash salt (or omit if you prefer)
- 1 dash garlic powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. (I used a baking stone, which I highly recommend for even baking.)
Chop spinach in food processor, or finely chop by hand. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Form into patties of desired size (we chose slightly larger than silver dollar size.) If patties do not stick together, add more bread crumbs until mixture seems a little more solid.
Bake 6 minutes on one side; turn, bake 6 minutes on the other side until lightly browned. (Cook times may vary slightly due to oven variations.)
Remove from oven and serve.
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a yummy toasted cheese flavor. And perfect for little fingers!
Wondering why I included them as a “Mommy and Me” recipe? Because they are terrific floating on top of a bowl of soup! I will definitely be packing a few of these in my lunchbox. Mommy needs her greens, too, right?
My little man gobbled down 5 of these while they were still warm from the oven. Can you tell they were a hit?
How do you get your kids to eat more greens?