Joy’s popsicle post provided me with a burst of inspiration: Could I sneak vegetables into my daughter’s diet by disguising them in a tasty frozen treat? The answer is yes. Here’s my groundbreaking recipe:
Pint of very ripe strawberries (overripe is okay)
2-3 cups of carefully washed spinach leaves
1 TBS honey (or more, to taste)
Place the strawberries in the blender and fill the remainder of the blender with spinach leaves. Add honey and puree until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. (Yields 2 cups liquid)
I invented this recipe and gave the strange-looking brown popsicle to my daughter. She took one lick and said, “Yum, yum!” Then she ate the whole thing, making quite a mess in the process. Of course I sampled this brown concoction myself. It really does not taste of spinach at all-it’s just pleasantly strawberry-flavored.
Now, I know that disguising vegetables in other foods is controversial. When Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious came out, I read reviews from critics who claimed that lying to children about what they were eating would result in bitterness and mistrust in their parents as they grew older and wiser. This seems a little far-fetched to me. Besides, I did not lie to Audrey; I just handed her a popsicle and she ate it. I hope she grows to love normally-prepared vegetables very soon, but in the meantime, I’m glad I found a way to sneak some greens into her summer confections.
This week’s Works for Me Wednesday is all about easy recipes that use five ingredients or less, so head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more simple cooking ideas.