A creamy, cheesy, filling dinner packed with green vegetables, covered in a lighter-than-usual white sauce, and topped with a wholegrain crumble. Nutrient dense, rich, filling and balanced. Full of green vegetables you don't even notice yourself eating!
Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Steam the frozen vegetables in a steamer or microwave according to packet instructions. Drain the vegetables and squeeze any excess water out of the spinach. Pour the cooked vegetables and grated courgette into a large roasting or casserole dish and set aside.
Next, make the white sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, whisk in the flour and allow to cook for a minute, then slowly drizzle in the milk, little by little, whisking constantly. Whisk in the stock, mustard, nutmeg or allspice and salt & pepper. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes, whisking constantly, until thick. Take off the heat and stir through the grated cheese, then pour the sauce into the dish with the green vegetables and mix well.
Finally, make the crumble: pour the flour, oats and salt into a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds or so. Add in the cubed butter and pulse for another 30 seconds until combined with the flour but still leaving little chunks. Top the creamy veg mixture with the crumble, then scatter over some chopped nuts and seeds, and a little extra grated cheese, if using. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the crumble topping is golden and the cheesy filling is bubbling up around it. Serve on its own or with a green salad or fresh chopped tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.
About the chef
After lowering her family’s sugar intake, Claire started Raising Sugar Free Kids, a website to help parents find tasty low sugar high veg food that aims to be simple, quick and affordable. Claire also works for Veg Power as Communications Manager and chief recipe creator.