Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cooking for Children - Super Charged Mashed Potato

Source: via Diana on Pinterest

As parents we know what our littles should be eating but it's not always easy.

Did you know that 30% of Australian children are obese not just over weight but obese! Isn't that a terrible stat? It's alarming to think that parents are partially to blame.  I have a wonderful little recipe that I've invented that really help get some trickier vegetables down my darlings throats.

I really enjoy cooking for my little family and right from the start we decided that we would choose the menu not the children.

We know how great spinach is right? Full of vitamin A which is vital for healthy skin, loaded with foliate which is great at keeping mouth ulcers at bay and makes cells healthy.  Spinach is also loaded with goodies that functions as antioxidants!

The mash recipe that follows is not only delicious but a great way to incorporate more spinach into your week! Don't be afraid of the spinach, because of the lovely addition of spring onion it tastes like creamy oiniony deliciousness along with the pluses of spinach. It doesn't have a strong of overwhelming flavour so most kids just think it's spring onion any way!

Super Charged Mashed Potato
5 potatoes
Salt to taste
3 tb Butter
One spring onion finely finely sliced
125g frozen or fresh spinach
1/2 cup grated cheese (gotta get their dairy serves)

Peel your potatoes and cut them into smallish chunks. Prep all potatoes so that they are about an equal sort of size, put them into a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water and add a half teaspoon of salt.  Set it on the stove to boil.

When the potatoes are cooked through drain the potatoes and pop in about 1/3 cup of butter, add salt to taste and mash mash mash those taters!

Once the potatoes are mashed stir through the finely slice spring onion and put the lid back onto the saucepan and set it to the side while you prep your spinach.

If you have chosen frozen spinach prepare it as the packaged directions and drain it really well!  Squeeze the water out using tongs or by pressing it again the colander with the back of a spoon.

If you have fresh spinach dunk it into boiling water for about 20 seconds them remove it and drain it really well (as above) then slice it nice and finely.

Take your spinach and stir it through to mash along with the grated cheese. Test your mash to be sure it has enough salt.  Nothing worse than under salted mashed potato. Then serve it up!