Picture the scene – it’s five o’clock on Sunday afternoon, the fire is lit and everyone is lolling on the sofa in the sitting room relaxing after a long walk. An enormous lunch was had by all – roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots, cauliflower cheese, gravy, peas, apple crumble, custard, cream….but, you guessed it, the kids are now hungry!
What do you serve up for the kids on a Sunday evening? The last thing I feel like doing is more cooking after serving a three course lunch for twelve, so it needs to be something quick and easy with minimal use of saucepans!
There’s obviously the left-overs route but I personally wouldn’t want another plate of roast dinner so I don’t think it’s fair to serve that up on Sunday evening (I save that for Monday night!). The other usual suspects are crumpets, toasted muffins, toast and jam, boiled egg and soldiers, baked beans on toast or the trusty old cheese on toast.
But my children’s all-out favourite Sunday evening dish is the really appetising sounding ‘Green Stuff’! The wonderful thing about ‘Green Stuff’ is that it is healthy, nutritious, takes less than ten minutes to cook and the kids wolf it down! Even though it contains spinach they love it so much that they request it when they’re poorly or tired – which suits me as it’s so easy and cheap to make.
Green Stuff in all it’s glory!
Below is the top secret Sunday supper Green Stuff recipe – the quantities below make approx. six tubs (each tub serving two hungry children) which can go in the freezer for emergency use!
600g Frozen Spinach
90g Plain Flour
300g Cheddar Cheese
Pepper/Nutmeg to taste
- Pop the frozen spinach in a saucepan with a little water, lid on, and boil for approx. 5 minutes until cooked.
- Whilst the spinach is cooking put the milk, butter and plain flour in a saucepan over a high heat and whisk constantly until smooth and thick. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Remove white sauce from the heat and stir in the cheese. Add pepper and nutmeg to taste.
- When the spinach is cooked, drain thoroughly in a sieve and add to cheese sauce.
- Using a handheld blender, blend the mixture until is green and all the spinach is chopped up.
- Divide the mixture into portions for freezing. When completely cool put in the freezer.
That’s lots of Sunday evenings sorted!
To serve (on a Sunday evening!):
Quick cook spaghetti – enough for each child
- Remove a pot of green stuff from the freezer.
- Put in microwave on defrost setting for approx. 4 minutes.
- Cook your spaghetti according to instructions on packet (I buy ‘Quick cook spaghetti’ which only takes 5 minutes).
- Meanwhile empty your pot of defrosted green stuff in a saucepan and slowly heat through.
- Drain and serve spaghetti.
- Add green stuff to spaghetti and mix thoroughly.