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January 30, 2018

Recipe: Creamed Spinach

by White bowl containing creamed spinach

Fat-free cream cheese plus nutmeg turns frozen spinach into a comforting side dish.

 

Spinach contains iron, heart-healthy antioxidants and very few calories. While eating spinach raw in salads is a terrific way to add color and nutrition to your diet, cooking it can turn it into a comforting wintertime side dish. Pair this creamed spinach recipe with baked chicken for a beautiful green side.

Thawed spinach, milk, cream cheese ready for cooking

 

Ingredients

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
Cooking spray
1⁄4 cup shallot, sliced thin
1⁄3 cup skim milk
1⁄2 cup fat-free cream cheese
1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

Place defrosted spinach in two layers of paper towels and squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible.
Coat a saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot.
Add the shallots and sauté until lightly browned.

 

Block of cream cheese added to milk and shallots in a saucepan.

 

Reduce heat and add milk, cream cheese and nutmeg.

 

Milk, cream cheese, shallots and nutmeg cooked in a saucepan.

Whisk until smooth.

 

Spinach in pot with melted cream cheese

Stir in spinach, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the cover, raise heat to medium and cook for 1 minute.

Adapted from “Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery: Over 140 Delicious Low-Fat High-Protein Recipes to Enjoy in the Weeks, Months and Years After Surgery”

 

Recipe: Creamed Spinach
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Recipe type: Vegetables
Serves: 4 (1/2-cup) servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • Cooking spray
  • 1⁄4 cup shallot, sliced thin
  • 1⁄3 cup skim milk
  • 1⁄2 cup fat-free cream cheese
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place defrosted spinach in two layers of paper towels and squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible.
  2. Coat a saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot.
  3. Add the shallots and sauté until lightly browned.
  4. Reduce heat and add milk, cream cheese and nutmeg. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Stir in spinach, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the cover, raise heat to medium and cook for 1 minute.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 62 Fat: .1 gram Carbohydrates: 7 grams Sodium: 206 milligrams Fiber: 2.5 grams Protein: 6.6 grams

 

Dinner, Winter

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