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Confessions of the Spinach Variety

Challenger AnskySue returns to tell us how her family’s first meal of the challenge went. The story involves her young son trying not one but two new vegetables, and eating them!

I must have been channeling my inner Jessica Seinfeld last night when I was making the Spinach Pasta Bake. While I didn’t exactly try to hide the veggies in the dish, I wasn’t exactly forthcoming when my son asked me what the green stuff was. I knew answering “spinach” would cause an immediate and not so pleasant reaction. So I told him it was “dark leafy greens” – not exactly a lie, right? The amazing thing? He was okay with it and kept on eating! It was also the first time he ate mushrooms. They weren’t his favorite food but he didn’t avoid them. Thanks to DIR for the challenge – last night typically would have been a “grab something on the way home” night but instead it was a “family around the dinner table” night!

We ate the Spinach Pasta Bake. It was pretty good although a little dry. Not sure if I made too much pasta or if it’s because I used a whole wheat pasta. Next time I will either put slightly less bisquick or slightly more milk to make it a little more moist. My husband (who hates cooked spinach with a passion) actually liked it but said he would have liked some salsa on top (he would top toast with salsa if he could get away with it).


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