I have a very picky toddler.
It’s not surprising. I was always a picky eater as well.
Here’s the funny thing: all she ever wants to eat is quinoa. She has straight up thrown fits when I’ve attempted to give her “toddler-friendly” lunches like grilled cheese.
All she wants is quinoa.
I’m more than fine with that.
In order to get her to eat spinach, I have to chop it up really fine; so it looks more like a spice and less like a healthy leafy green.
Here is our current favorite lunch:
-cooked quinoa (about a cup)
-a handful of baby spinach; chopped very fine
-Tbs of olive oil
-2 cloves of garlic; minced
-a splash of low-sodium tamari
-a few grinds of pepper
**I cook up a large pot of quinoa at the beginning of the week. That way I have it at the ready when I need to make speedy lunches during the week.**
In a medium sized saute pan, heat the olive oil up. Add your garlic and chopped spinach to the pan; cook until the spinach begins to wilt. Add the cooked quinoa to the pan and give everything a good stir. Add your pepper and tamari. Cook together until the quinoa is heated through (just a few minutes).
Serve. Enjoy. Be Prepared to make seconds.