One of my friends is one of my stay-at-home-mom heroes. She comes up with some of the most creative ideas to keep herself and her two young children entertained. For example, one week this fall she came up with “Rainbow Week”. During Rainbow Week, she, her daughter, and her son dressed in each of the seven colors of the rainbow (well, indigo got nixed because indigo is really hard to distinguish from violet) and they had activities and food around that color. Tonight, while Husband had to stay late at work, Ben and I had our mini-Rainbow Night with green foods that shouldn’t be green.
What do I mean about green foods that shouldn’t be green? Well, I’ll tell you. Ben has been a little bit of a finicky eater lately. Like karma getting me sick, karma got me back for having a baby who would eat anything. Thus, I tried to bring back that eating anything in a clever, sneaky, Mommy-you-so-smart kind of way. I made Spinach and Banana Waffles. Spinach and banana waffles? Ugh. That sounds foul, Sam-I-Am! I will not eat Green Waffles for dinner! That recipe is not a winner! However, you are a Doubting Thomas. This was a really good and toddler approved way of sneaking something green into a delightful package. Who doesn’t love waffles? Communists. That’s who.
Spinach and Banana Waffles
Makes 2 Belgian Waffles
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and all excess water squeezed out
1/2 banana, sliced thin
1 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Baking Mix
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 Tb oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sugar
- Turn on waffle maker to your desired crispness level.
- Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Pulse slightly to allow to catch, then blend until smooth. You don’t want to go too smooth, otherwise the waffles will not be fluffy.
- Spray the heck out of your waffle iron with non-stick spray. I say this because my waffle iron has been acting temperamental lately, as seen by the slight tearing of the waffle.
- Enjoy! You can use maple syrup on these, or it might be really tasty with a sweetened ricotta or marscapone spread. Bon appetit!
To finish up Green Foods that Shouldn’t be Green Night, Ben and I read Les oeufs verts au jambon (Green Eggs and Ham) before bed. It was quite the night!