I never knew how great it would be to have a kid in NYC until, well, I had a kid in NYC. Indoor playspaces, museums, art studios, playgrounds, music classes, kids bookstores and more are within a 10 minute walk from our apartment. What’s more, at least a dozen moms I met through Audrey live within a few block radius of us. All with kids the same age, we’ve bonded over everything from sleep schedules to potty training. And when our schedules permit, we get together at night, eat good food and wine, and have adult conversation…without the kiddos climbing all over us.
At a recent gathering these cheesy spinach bites were brought to us by Liz, mother to 20 month-old Brooke. They were a huge hit. When Liz told us how easy they were to make and that Brooke loved them, I knew I’d be making them for Audrey the next day. As suspected, Audrey loved them as well (as did my husband who ate almost half the batch). They are the perfect side dish, main dish, breakfast, or snack. A cinch to make, healthy, delicious, quick, and freezer-friendly, these little bites have become a new household favorite of ours. And I’ve since found out that Liz’s mother made them for her when she was growing up – so it’s pretty fair to say these are a tried and true recipe that have been a hit with kids for many, many years. Enjoy, and thank you Liz for the recipe!
- 10 oz. box of chopped frozen spinach, defrosted
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups of shredded cheese: cheddar, jack, swiss, or parmesan (I use 1½ cups cheddar with ½ cup grated parmesan)
- 1 teaspoon dried herb of choice: dill, oregano, thyme or tarragon (I use thyme and oregano)
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish or pan with oil, cooking spray, or butter.
- Squeeze the defrosted spinach dry with a dish or paper towel. You want it as dry as possible. Place dried spinach into a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients; mix well. Place the mixture into prepared pan and lightly pat down until evenly distributed. Top with an additional sprinkle of cheese if you'd like. Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed up. Once cool, remove from the pan and cut into bite-size squares.