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Spinach Ricotta Bites - Weelicious

Spinach Ricotta bites are one of the most kid-friendly, healthy recipes you could ask for! They’re absolutely delicious and so easy to make. 


Getting good foods into your kids growing bodies can be difficult, but this Spinach Ricotta Bites recipe makes it easier! Lucky me that I have a cousin with two growing boys who loves to cook and feed her kids healthy foods. She makes a version of this recipe in a pie dish and has been trying to convince me that her boys absolutely devour it whenever she makes it for them. Although I sometimes find statements like that hard to believe when we’re talking about green foods and highly independent children, I’m always game for recipes that defy the odds. And this one does that! 


I decided to take my cousin’s original recipe, make a few tweaks to the ingredients and then cook them in mini muffin cups instead of a pie dish. The mini muffins cups allow these to cook faster and after all, what kid doesn’t like something mini? It’s one of my hacks when cooking for kids. I make Corn Dog Muffin Bites, Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites and Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins in muffin tins and kids absolutely love it!


As for my my initial doubts about the kid appeal of this recipe, after watching Gemma repeatedly walk by the cooling rack to grab three of them within 15 minutes and Chloe and Kenta both scarfing down 4 or 5 at dinner, I realized these could be one of the all time greatest kid and parent friendly recipes I’ve ever made. Delicious, healthy and SO easy to make. My cousin gets total props for this kiddy culinary hit!


These Spinach Ricotta Bites aren’t just for kids either. These little bite sized quiches go great on an hors d’oeuvres table at a small get together or as a side with dinner that both kids and adults will love. 


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Servings: 20

Author: Catherine McCord

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

  • ▢ 2 tablespoons butter
  • ▢ 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • ▢ 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ▢ 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ▢ 1 cup ricotta cheese (low or full fat ricotta will work)
  • ▢ 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ▢ 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ▢ 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained WELL (I use my hands to squeeze as much liquid out of the spinach as possible)
  • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 4 minutes until tender.

  • Add the garlic and cook an additional minute then set aside to cool.

  • Whisk eggs in a bowl and stir in ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

  • Once combined, stir in spinach, salt and cooled onion and garlic mixture.

  • Pour the mixture into greased mini muffin cups.

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set and golden on top. If necessary use a sharp knife to cut around sides of bites to release. 

Sodium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Calories: 60kcal | Fat: 4g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 2g

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Published August 4, 2022 by Catherine McCord

Categorized in All Recipes, Big Kids Recipes, Cook Time 15-30 mins, Family Meals, Gluten Free, Nut Free, School Lunch Ideas, Side Dishes, Toddler Bites, Toddler Recipes, Vegetarian

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Spinach For Your Baby

Popeye was a great motivator for earlier generations to eat their spinach. Perhaps the Teletubbies should stop eating custard and start eating spinach so we can promote eating this wonderful nutrient source. Fresh spinach now comes washed in bags, which can save lots of preparation time. Fresh spinach that is not in bags must be rinsed in multiple changes of water to rid it of sand and dirt, and the woody stems must be removed. Frozen spinach is also an option that tastes pretty good and needs hardly any preparation time.

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

Buy unwashed spinach, washed spinach in a bag, or chopped spinach in the frozen section. Fresh spinach should be used as soon as possible.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Steaming or microwaving spinach are the easiest ways to prepare it.

  1. Simmering - put it in a saucepan cover with a few tablespoons salted water, and cook on high until the spinach wilts.
  2. Microwaving - put spinach in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons water. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1 minute to check how wilted the spinach is - then microwave at one minute intervals until finished.

If you are using frozen spinach follow the directions on the package.

You may have to puree spinach or chop into very small pieces for baby. Your baby needs some really good molars to chew on spinach.

How to store

Store in a plastic bag in the lettuce crisper. Use as soon as possible.

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Should I buy organic?

Yes. 83% of spinach sampled by the USDA contained pesticides.

Adult Recipe

Please see recipe below under ricotta cheese.

Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta Cheese For Your Baby

When you think of ricotta cheese, you probably think of lasagna. Ricotta is also used in desserts such as cannoli and can just be eaten with some raisins and cinnamon. Ricotta is a fresh, soft, snowy white cheese with a rich but mild, slightly sweet flavor. The texture is much like a grainy, thick sour cream. Ricotta is naturally low in fat and salt. A similar product that is a little harder in texture is Farmer's cheese. Farmer's cheese is also an easy one for baby to digest.

If your baby is at risk for food allergies, (for example: if they have eczema, asthma, allergies or if they have other family members with these conditions) then you should avoid all dairy products until your baby is at least one year old.

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

Look for "whole milk" ricotta for your baby.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Feed directly to baby or mix with favorite fruit or veggies. Ricotta is a good food for the beginning spoon user because it will stick to the spoon.

How to store

An open container of ricotta will keep for 7-10 days.

Are there baby food jars?


Should I buy organic?

Yes, if you can find it.

Adult Recipe

Here is an "upscale" version of macaroni and cheese. This recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan's "Essentials of Italian Cooking".

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

1 pound penne pasta
1 10 package frozen chopped spinach or 1 pound fresh spinach
1/2 cup ricotta
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
If using fresh spinach, steam and then chop. Squeeze moisture out of frozen and fresh spinach. Cook pasta according to package directions and when drained put back in pot. Add spinach, ricotta, parmesan, and salt to taste.

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