Get rid of all the dirt and sand found in fresh leafy greens like spinach, collards, and kale by making a bath for it in your kitchen sink. Submerge the greens in a large bowl of water and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Drain. Repeat the process until the water is clear.

Popeye’s Spinach Meal

Ingredients

1 medium-sized baking potato
½ small onion (optional)
Unsalted butter (optional)
½ cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen spinach

Preparation

1. Wash, peel, and chop potato into small chunks.
2. Peel and slice the onion into thin pieces. Sauté in a deep nonstick pan until soft and translucent. If the onion sticks, use some unsalted butter in the pan. Avoid using cooking oil.
3. Add the diced potato and water to the pan. Bring to a boil; then turn down the heat and simmer until the
potato is tender, about 25–30 minutes. Add more water if the potato sticks to the pan.
4. If using fresh spinach, wash the leaves thoroughly, chop, and remove all stems. Boil in a pan of shallow water for about 10 minutes. If using frozen spinach, defrost and cook according to the package directions.
5. Combine the cooked potatoes, onion, and spinach in a blender.
6. Purée until smooth, adding as much water as necessary for age-appropriate consistency.

Tip: If the flavor of spinach seems too strong for baby, adding it with the potatoes will make it more acceptable.

Makes 6 servings.

*Recipe and image courtesy of 201 Organic Baby Purees by Tamika L. Gardner.*