spinach cheese muffins for toddlers

6.19.2013


I've been a bit worried lately about Austin's meals at daycare. He eats three meals there: breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Although the food is relatively healthy (lots of fruits and vegetables), its not organic, whole grain, or fresh made like his meals at home. I'm not allowed to bring in his food unless it is for supplemental or dietary reasons (ie. allergies). I feel like a crazy momma when I think too much about all the frozen and canned foods and empty carbs (ie. goldfish, animal crackers, and vanilla wafers) he eats there.  Then I just remind myself to take a breath and think about how his meals at home make up for it. It's inevitable; he'll grow up to eat some things I just won't approve of (once in a while). With that thought, I am just going to concentrate on the good eats he'll have for dinner tonight. So, I spent this morning whipping up some whole wheat spinach cheddar muffins. I even snuck in some flaxseeds in there.

spinach cheddar muffins for toddlers
ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
directions:
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease small muffin tin. 
  2. melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add in the onions. cook until the onions are translucent, remove from heat and set aside. 
  3. in a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, paprika and cheese. in a large bowl, whisk together egg and milk until incorporated. then add in the flour mixture. stir until well incorporated. add in onions, spinach and flaxseeds. 
  4. divide the batter up in a small muffin tin. bake for 18-20 minutes. 
  5. remove muffins from pan and cool on wire rack.

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