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Green Spinach Risotto

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As both a mother of two little girls and a scientist, I know that one of the most important ways we can care for our babies is by feeding them the proper foods at each developmental stage. These precious months are the key time to support a baby’s development with proper nutrition. By doing so, you can help them to not only stay well (we all know that there is nothing fun about a baby or toddler with a cold or virus!) but also develop taste preferences and food intake habits that they will carry with them throughout their life.
One of my favorite recipes to feed a growing baby is Green Risotto. This is a shortcut, creamy risotto-like dish that’s packed with spinach (and vitamin K) and extra kid-friendly. Though this dish was made with a 22-month-old in mind, Green Risotto is something the whole family can enjoy! Pass extra Parmesan on the side!

An excerpt from “What to Feed Your Baby & Toddler” by Nicole M. Avena, PhD, available for presale now and in stores on May 8, 2018. The book is available on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2FpMgMu

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This recipe is perfect for your toddler, once they are old enough to eat solids. Spinach is a perfect way to get nutrition in! Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, B12, B5, as well as manganese and iron! Adding collagen to this recipe is also a great way to add protein, especially when toddlers are picky eaters!

By Paige Geimer

Green Spinach Risotto

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 cups packed washed baby spinach leaves
1 cup arborio rice
3 cups water or broth
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
Sea salt
And for extra protein, add Further Food Collagen Peptides

Instructions

  1. Place the spinach in a steamer with an inch or so of water in the bottom. Cover tightly, bring the water to a boil, and steam until the spinach is bright green and wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times and adding a little water if necessary to get a smooth consistency.
  3. Place the rice and broth in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft and creamy, about 20 minutes. If you want a softer consistency, add ¼ cup additional liquid and continue to cook for several minutes longer. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the olive oil or butter and parmesan cheese and add salt to taste. Stir in the spinach and thin with additional broth if desired. If you want to add some extra protein, add a scoop of Further Food Collagen when you stir in the spinach.
Place the spinach in a steamer with an inch or so of water in the bottom. Cover tightly, bring the water to a boil, and steam until the spinach is bright green and wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times and adding a little water if necessary to get a smooth consistency. Place the rice and broth in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft and creamy, about 20 minutes. If you want a softer consistency, add ¼ cup additional liquid and continue to cook for several minutes longer. Let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the olive oil or butter and parmesan cheese and add salt to taste. Stir in the spinach and thin with additional broth if desired. If you want to add some extra protein, add a scoop of Further Food Collagen when you stir in the spinach.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 293; Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 18 mg; Sodium: 889 mg; Potassium: 136 mg; Carbohydrate: 38 g;  Fiber: 1 g; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 15 g

Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 13%; Vitamin A: 57%; Iron: 6%; Calcium: 34%;

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