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My greens obsession continues!

Can it be challenging to get kids to eat their greens? At times, absolutely. But it can really make a difference when you use your greens in creative ways.

Consider pesto. If your little one has an aversion to the color, I say get her involved in making it with you by letting her measure, dump and turn on the food processor. Sure it might make a bit of a mess in the kitchen, and you may have to do a little cajoling here and there, but I promise that when you’re done and your youngster can taste how flavorful her creation turned out, that “no green food” face is going to be replaced with a big smile.

And don’t forget to double the recipe so you always have extra spinach pesto on hand. I find it to be a lifesaver at mealtime. Just store the extra in freezer cubes and all you have to do is defrost one, toss it with pasta, rice, fish or chicken and voila, you have an effort-free meal in minutes!

Spinach Pesto on Rice from WeeliciousPin
Spinach Pesto on Rice from WeeliciousPin

Spinach Pesto on Rice

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Servings: 5 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes



  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Stir into rice and serve.
  • * Can also be mixed into cooked pasta, fish or chicken.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 520mg | Fiber: 1g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I just made this for St. Patty’s Day, and wanted to comment that aside from being delicious, the green color is so bright and pretty!

  2. Hi, it is delicious even without the pine nuts but is there anything I can substitute the pine nuts with for kids with a nut allergy?

  3. […] Pesto chicken with mashed potatoes. I made up another batch of spinach pesto and since it was made with […]

  4. Yum! Made this tonight and it was so good. I added about a cup of basil that I had on hand, turned out delicious. Mixed the pesto with some whole wheat penne and rotisserie chicken! Thank you Catherine for such an delicious and easy recipe.

  5. Made this with pasta and leftover chicken – yummy! Hard to know how much spinach as I eye-balled it but it’s a great way to use up a garden surplus of spinach!

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