Layered Sweet Potato & Spinach Quinoa Fingers

Snack time inspiration is something I really struggle with.  Especially now my one year old’s appetite is progressing in taste and need of quantity, I am trying to get a little more creative with steering away from tummy filling beige coloured carbs (read crackers, cereals and cookies) and moving towards more colourful nutrient rich veggies and fruity complex carbs.

This recipe for a snack time food will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days and is delicious hot or cold.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
Drizzle of olive oil
3oz strong cheddar, grated
Freshly ground black pepper and salt
3/4 cup of sweet potato and carrot mash (1/2 sweet potato and 2 carrots boiled and mashed)
1 large handful of fresh spinach, finely chopped
1 courgette, grated
2 spring onions, finely chopped

Cover the quinoa in one cup of water and a drizzle of olive oil in a pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 mins until the quinoa is cooked and all the water is absorbed.  When cooled, pulse the seeds with a hand blender for a few seconds just to break them down a bit, but leaving some texture.  Fold in the grated cheese and season with salt and pepper.  Divide the mixture between two bowls and set aside.

Line an 8″ terrine with grease proof paper and drizzle a little olive oil over the base.  Preheat the oven to 180c or 350f.

Combine the sweet potato and carrot with the quinoa in one of the bowls.  Transfer the mixture to the terrine and spread it evenly on to the base.

Sauté the grated courgette in a little olive oil over a high heat for a few minutes.  Add the chopped spinach to wilt with the spring onions, and then remove from the heat.  Mix into the remaining bowl of quinoa.  Carefully spoon this mixture into the terrine evenly over the top of the first layer and smooth over.  Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and pop in the oven for 25 minutes.  The edges will have turned golden and slightly crispy.

Allow to cool completely before turning it out and cutting into fingers.

The perfect snack time food without a side of mumma-guilt attached! I am definitely happier giving this out at 11am rather than a handful of crackers.  Please do comment below with your recommendations for nutritious snack time tummy fillers.  I would love some inspiration! Please and thank you x


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