Fun way to eat spinach

Well, my 5 1/2 year old daughter ate all of her spinach tonight, so I thought I would share the recipe. Since it is kid friendly, and based on one of the best veggies around, why not… right?

Thaw 3 frozen packages of spinach. Then separate 4 eggs with the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another. Preheat your over to 350.

It’s quite simple, really. You start with a white sauce. Melt 1/4 cup butter (I didn’t promise this recipe was totally healthy) in a large sauce pan. After the butter melts, stir in 1/4 cup flour slowly with a whisk. Once the flour is dissolved, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Remove from heat. Then, pour a 1/4 of milk into the pan slowly continuing to mix with your whisk. Add a pinch of nutmeg, and return to slight boil. Add the yolks one at a time, mixing them in completely before adding the next.

Slowly mix the spinach into the white sauce using the whisk or a wooden spoon. Once the spinach is worked into the sauce, remove from heat.

In a mixer (or in a bowl with an electric hand mixer) whip the egg whites until fluffy.

Alternate adding the spinach/white sauce and the egg whites into an un-greased casserole dish. Do this carefully. Your goal is to have the mixture mixed… but, you don’t want to work the air out of the egg whites. The egg whites should form little pockets of air with the spinach around them.

Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife pulls out clean. You might want to use a water bath in the oven if you have uneven heat.

Let me know what you think! And, better yet, let me know if your kids like it!

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