Meal Makeover: Creamed Spinach

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Oh, hey guys! I know, I’ve been MIA since Wednesday over here. As I alluded, this next week of my life is going to be MADNESS. PURE MADNESS, I SAY! However, just a lettttle while longer. (I know, very ambiguous, but I’ll share soon!) So, what’s happened to me since my last update?

I got my hair did :)

I’m officially a red-head again! I honestly can’t tell you how much I love my new hair. It’s SO me. It’s vibrant, young and so cosmopolitan. Safe to say, I’m going to be a red head for the rest of my life. And that’s okay with me :)

I baked & cooked, A TON

As some of you may know, in addition to being a writer for the Food & Recipes section of She Knows, I’m also now a recipe creator for them! It’s always been a dream of mine, at one time pipe, to get paid to write and eat. And it’s happening and I’m so happy! So, I baked & cooked up 12 different appetizers which will all be live on She Knows in the recipes section this week!

Top 9

You all made my pumpkin pie cupcakes a Foodbuzz top 9 on Thursday! I honestly can’t thank you all enough for being SO supportive, amazing and just awesome fans.

1,000 Giveaway

GUYS! I finalized all the goodies for my big 1,000 follower giveaway! Once I hit 1,000 on Facebook and Twitter, I’ll let you all in on the fabulous goodies! You really don’t want to miss it!

WHEW! I’ve been busy! Plus, our big walkathon for work is on Saturday so it’s crunch time here! But, I’m not going to leave you hanging like last week with no new recipes! And, with Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s time to start planning what we’re eating! With that, I have to share my new favorite veggie dish, homemade low fat creamed spinach.

I  know, I’ve been gone for a week and I’m comin’ atcha with creamed spinach. But trust me friends, this stuff is AMAZING. It’s creamy, it’s cheesy…need I continue? Plus, it contains all of the amazing health benefits of spinach, like the 13 flavanoids that help fight cancer, protect against age related memory loss, prevent heart disease and also has a great source of magnesium, which helps lower high blood pressure! If you could care less about the health benefits, just make it for the delicious taste.

Although regular creamed spinch is not a diet breaker, one heaping cup can have up to 350 calories and 16 grams of fat! By swapping out low fat milk for heavy cream and part-skim parmesan for regular, you save nearly 100 calories and 6 grams of fat! Put this easy and delicious side dish on your Thanksgiving menu. Even those people who hate the green stuff will not be able to stop eating it! (I know this from personal experience with my husband).

Low Fat Creamed Spinach

Yields: About 2 one cup servings
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: 7-10 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 block (about 8-10 ounces) of frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of 1% milk
  • 1/3 cup of grated part-skim parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Dashes of salt and pepper for taste

How to Make it:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and garlic and cook until browned and soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add spinach and cook until warmed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In another sauce pan, add butter and flour, stirring constantly. Slowly add milk to mixture and heat until it thickens, about 2-4 minutes. Quickly stir in cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour sauce over spinach mixture and stir. Serve warm! (Even better with a crispy piece of bread!)

Who said healthy couldn’t also be absolutely delicious? Happy Thanksgiving preperation!

Nutritional information per 1 cup: 200 calories, 8.5 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of dietary fiber.

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  1. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    LOVE the hair! 
  2. Monday, November 14th, 2011
    totally bookmarking this recipe and damn girl, red looks great :)
  3. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    You look gorgeous with that haircolor! Can't wait to see it in person ;)
  4. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    Looks delicious! (Both your hair and the spinach ;) ) Great low fat option, thanks for sharing!
  5. Posted by Lacy on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    You know I don't normally even put my fork near creamed spinach, but this sounds amazing & it's decent on the calories. And by the way those pumpkin pie cupcakes ... still making me drool. YUM!
  6. Posted by Jennifer on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    I love spinach. It's easily one of my favorite things to eat. So excited for you that you get to be what you want and do what you want. That is AMAZING!
  7. Posted by FlexYourFood on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    Oooh I bet that'd be lush. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Posted by Lauren on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    Love the hair! And the new recipe :)
  9. Posted by kjpugs on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    This recipe sounds GREAT! And I love the new hair... LOVE LOVE LOVE. You were made for that haircut!
  10. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    First, I love the hair! It really suits you! And I love this lightened-up creamed spinach!
  11. Posted by Ann Mc on
    Monday, November 14th, 2011
    Wow - you HAVE been busy!  Congratulations on your new position!  I can only imagine how thrilling that must be!  I'm glad you like your hair - I'm still finding mine...  and the spinach look amazing!
  12. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
    LOVE the hair!  Red looks amazing on you!!!  Oh and your food looks great too ;)
  13. Posted by Liz @ Southern Charm on
    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
    Yum!!! Loving this lighter spinach!
  14. Posted by Melissa Rodriguez on
    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
    I love this version of creamed spinach! The pictures are very appetizing. I am making some important changes in my life, and I am searching for healthier ways of enjoying food. Thank you for sharing. On my way to the kitchen now....