S is for Spinach

[ 1 ] September 26, 2011 |

Baby spinach is called leaves in my house. The kids love to munch these little leaves and feel like bunnies! Whatever works. Finger foods are a delight to the kiddos. When it comes to vegetables they just prefer to use their fingers. You can pack a small container of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices or other finger veggies with a little bit of dressing to dip in the lunch box.

If you put out a tray or a platter of vegetables and other goodies, kids can find their way to the platter and enjoy trying new things using more of their senses. Each food feels different. Carrots are cold and sometimes feel slippery. Cucumbers are a bit wet to the touch. Baby spinach is smooth and almost creamy when you bite into it.

I love to use my hands to eat. I wrap fillings inside of collard leaves and romaine lettuce and I often eat platter style for my own meals, enjoying bits and pieces of different foods. We want to teach manners at the table, of course, but allowing some time for all of us to touch our food a bit slows us down and allows us to appreciate the bounty around us.

My daughter does eat this salad with her fingers, I make hers more of a platter, putting the ingredients all out separately for her to enjoy. I use my fork for this one!

Spinach Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

  • 4 cups of baby spinach
  • ¼ cup chopped cashews
  • handful of grated raw cheddar cheese or your favorite
  • handful of raisins


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • juice 1 small lemon
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar (use raw please)
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 clove smashed garlic
  • sea salt/pepper

Put dressing ingredients in a small jar, shake it up. I make mine in a bowl, whisk it together with a fork and then put into a jar. Jam jars are perfect for salad dressing, each time you want to use it, just give it a shake and you are ready. Dress salad and enjoy.

Category: food + recipes, Vegetables A to Z

Hannah Marcotti

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Hannah Marcotti is a typical overwhelmed mom of three who runs a Health and Lifestyle Coaching business for mothers. After discovering that food could help with her anxiety, energy and happiness she created Hannah’s Harvest, a place where food and lifestyle shifts transform the lives of mothers. She leads the popular women’s group, Connecting, where women explore their food, relationships, spirituality, and passions together. For more health tips, recipes and calendar of Hannah’s events, sign up for her free e-newsletter at Hannah’s Harvest.

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  1. Amy Hood amy says:

    We’ve been eating lots of spinach lately. Three of us like it raw as a salad, and my oldest and I like it wilted with sauteed garlic.

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