Six Sneaky Spinach Recipes Kids and Toddlers (and Grown Ups) Are Going To Love

(Last edited 7-5-19) I have added some new sneaky spinach recipes for kids that even picky eaters will love.)

Getting kids to eat green stuff (aka spinach) is tricky.  And I admit, I may hide spinach in some of our family dinners from time to time. Yep, I am that mom.

Spinach is just so darn healthy. I really want this super veggie to be a part of my kids' diets, one way or another. I will never be able to convince my kids that sauteed spinach is delicious. However, there are lots of sneaky spinach recipes for kids they just may love.

We are talking delicious gooey cheesy spinach recipes that kids will like. Even spinach-fearing grown-ups will love these recipes.

Sneaky Spinach Smoothie Recipe for Kids (and Adults too!)


I found this spinach smoothie recipe for kids and toddlers at Life As Mama. The blended berries in this smoothie help mask the spinach flavor. Seriously, if you have not found a way to hide spinach in recipes your kids will eat, try this recipe. I think it will be a winner.

And if your kids do not like drinking smoothies, try freezing the recipe and making yummy smoothie popsicles instead.

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Chocolate Chip Spinach Muffins

When you sneak spinach into brownies or chocolate muffins, your kids are only going to taste the chocolate, not the spinach. So even if your kids absolutely abhor spinach, chances are they are going to love these chocolate chip muffins with spinach.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Chip Spinach Muffins at SouthernMadeSimple.

 Cheesy Pasta With Spinach and Chicken 


So if your kids' aversion to green things in their food is insurmountable, this recipe may not work for you. However, if your kids do not mind a little green veggie in their meals, then by all means, please give this 15-minute cheesy pasta with spinach and chicken from Foodlets a try, right away!!

What I really love about this recipe is that it makes a quick healthy family dinner for busy weeknights. This simple delicious pasta dish takes only a few ingredients and steps to make.

So yea, while it is kind of hard to hide the spinach, I think the yummy pasta and sauce make this recipe a kid-friendly contender. Why not give it a try? You never know. Maybe "hiding the spinach in plain sight" will actually work.

And it certainly could not hurt to have one or two delicious 2-ingredient dessert recipes ready to go when the kids do eat dinner.

Yep, I am also that mom. You know, the one not too ashamed to bribe her kids once in a while.

Easy Skillet Spinach Lasagna

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Who can resist creamy cheesy lasagna? This healthy spinach lasagna starts on a skillet and finishes cooking under the broiler. Make this as a vegetarian lasagna recipe or with sausage as an ingredient. Either way, this easy spinach lasagna comes out of the oven with a delicious aroma that will make your mouth water.

For my kids, there is too much green healthy stuff sitting in plain sight. So I suggest first not using as much spinach in this recipe as the picture shows, and also blending the spinach into the sauce a lot more.

Then hopefully, kids will devour the warm cheesy lasagna without even worrying about any little green stuff they may or may not notice.

If not, well, then there is more midnight snacking possibilities on the table for you, yes?

Or lunch for tomorrow. With a healthy salad, of course.

Get the recipe at Real Simple.

Cheesy Spinach Hot Pockets

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Delish has an awesome spinach hot pocket recipe. Healthy hot pockets are made with soft homemade dough and are filled with chopped fresh spinach, mozzarella, and cream cheese. 

What kid says no to a warm cheesy hot pocket treat?

Spinach-Cheese Balls

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My favorite thing about these vegetarian spinach cheese balls is that they are so easy to make. It only takes about 15 minutes to have spinach-cheese balls ready to dip into some yummy Marinara sauce. 

Serve them as a healthy after-school kids' snack, or as a delicious party appetizer for grown-ups.

I know, there is green showing in this recipe. But finger food is always a good thing when it comes to feeding kids, right? 

So I say, go ahead and make these yummy little cheese balls, and not worry about the spinach. Let the kids try them and see what happens.

And have desserts at the ready. Just saying.

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