Sunday, May 18, 2008

Good bye Dino Nuggets, hello spinach salad

Spring is always a time when I get in the mood to be a lot more active and heavy comfort food sounds ... well heavy and fresh veggies sound perfect. Joanne was in town last week and I got the best recipe from her and her mom, Orva. It is a yummy spinach salad with fruit and no dressing. I was a little hesitant, but I made it for dinner and not only did I love it but my kids loved it too. I had to build momentum with Beck and explain that he had to eat a little piece of fruit with each "dinosaur leaf". After a few bites he was stuffing his mouth and laughing. He kept saying "I yike it". I want to explain that on an average day my kids will eat a piece of fruit, a healthy dose of ketchup and if I top the day off with a little applesauce, that is shamefully pretty much the extent of their daily contribution from the fruit and vegetable food group. The unforgivable part of this is when I actually try, they are both pretty good sports about it. I just need to be a little better. Thanks Joanne!

Spinach Salad

I bag of spinach chopped
( Chop spinach into small pieces)
1 cup of mixed berries, thawed (Costco blend)
1 orange chopped into bitesize pieces
1 banana sliced and then each slice quartered
1/4 cup walnets chopped

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Serves 2 (or 1 adult and 2 kids)
The most important part is cutting each ingredient into similar size pieces so the spinach blends well with the fruit.


Audra & Tyson said...

That salad sounds way good. I love it how you call the spinach a dinosaur leaf (way to trick 'em, ha jk). Love you!

Joanne said...

Yay! I'm so glad your kids like it. We've been having it a bunch here, too, since we got back. My kids keep asking for more because it's worth it to them to eat the spinach to get all the fruit. Lizzy's not as good as Beck, though - unless I feed it to her she tries to just eat all the fruit out, and then asks for all of my fruit.

Becky said...

Yum! We call them "Tree Stars" at our house. Works like a charm! ;)
Oh and I added your link to mine..hope you don't mind!

Margaret said...

Thank you for including me on your blogroll, which gave me the chance to visit and see your beautiful kids. And "dinosaur leaves"--love it!