This year marks the 85th birthday of Popeye, the lovable sailor man, infatuated with Olive, who became invincible when he ate spinach. Today we propose that you let your children discover this famous cartoon and spend the afternoon watching his adventures. If you look on YouTube, you will find many of his movies.

For food, seize the opportunity and give your kids a good dish containing spinach. Spinach is rich in folate, which is necessary for producing red blood cells and avoiding anemia. Folate is particularly important during periods of growth, and therefore it is recommended to include it in your kids’ diets.

Here is a recipe which we propose to include in your meal: tasty squid stuffed with spinach, typical of Greek cuisine.


- 1 kg squid

- 250 g spinach

- 5 dessert spoons of olive oil

- 1 chopped onion

- 4 spring onions

- ½ cup of fresh chopped herbs: parsley, dill, basil, spearmint

- 1 grated tomato

- 1 cup of risotto rice

- Salt and pepper


For the sauce:

- 2 dessert spoons of olive oil

- 1 chopped onion

- 2 cloves of garlic

- 3 grated tomatoes

- ½ cup of white vinegar

- 1 dessert spoon of parsley



Wash the squid, chop off the heads and sauté them with the onion until tender. First add the washed and chopped spinach and the herbs, and then the rice and the tomato, season and set aside. When cool, stuff the squid. Close the edges with a toothpick and place on a small baking tray. For the sauce, sauté the spring onions and the garlic in oil for a few minutes and add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce. Leave to cook for 10-15 minutes and pour on the stuffed squid. Cover with grease-proof paper and tin foil (the foil on top) and bake at 180 ºC for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven, remove the picks and serve with the sauce and chopped dill.

Wait and see, with this plan your kids will eat spinach in an original and fun way. They will go to bed happy and you even more so after teaching them about eating healthily.