Finding new lunch and snack ideas for the kids over the summer is on my to-do list. We wasted no time. The first day of summer break and we were experimenting in the kitchen with classics like pizza dough and not so favorites like spinach. My kids eat what I serve but I want them to enjoy the food I make so we made these Spinach & Cheese Bites extra kid friendly with lots of cheese.
Enjoy right from the oven, room temperature or warmed up from the freezer. This batch makes 24 bites(muffin size).
Spinach and Cheese Bites
1lb pizza dough homemade or packaged. (crescent rolls would work to)
1lb frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1tbls olive oil
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
4oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
pinch (or more) red pepper flakes
Roll out small balls of pizza dough and spread them into each well of 2 muffin tins. Set aside to rest.
In a medium-hot skillet add olive oil and spinach. Break up to cook away all the moisture. Add garlic, onion powder and salt & pepper. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 400°
In a large bowl stir together your cooled spinach mixture, cheeses, pepper flakes and more salt and pepper to taste.
Add spoonful of spinach to each muffin well on top of the pizza dough.
Bake for 15-18 minutes till cheese is bubbly and dough is golden brown.
The kids ate these with NO hesitation and actually said they were delicious. Win for MOM!
Come join me and my co-hosts, Sarah of Play to Learn with Sarah, Paula at Frosted Fingers and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.
- preparing healthy snacks
- having a tea party
- counting skills with m&ms
- pouring from measuring cups
- discovering a local restaurant that your kids love
- creating new family friendly recipes
You’ll find so many more ideas on the #KidsintheKitchen Pinterest Board.