Rich and Dreamy, Skinny Creamed Spinach

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This is not your typical boring spinach recipe. With its rich, cheesy, striking flavor, it’s no wonder everyone loves it. Look on the menu of both casual chicken restaurants and very high end steak houses and you’ll find this popular side dish.  Normally it contains so much fat.  In fact, Boston Market’s creamed spinach has 280 calories and 23 grams of fat per serving. You’ll thoroughly enjoy my vitamin-rich recipe with only 95 calories, 6 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 (10 ounce) packages of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (I like Philadelphia brand)

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper or to taste


Instructions

1. In a large pan, add chopped garlic and olive oil.   Saute until garlic begins to brown.

2. Add drained spinach and cream cheese.  Stir over medium heat until cream cheese is melted.

3.  Mix in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

4. This side dish can be prepared a day or so in advance and heated before serving.

Makes 8 servings


Food Fact
Spinach originated in the Middle East.  It was grown in Spain during the 8th century and the Spaniards were the ones who brought it to the US.


Healthy Benefit
Popeye was right!  Spinach is a great source of iron.  In addition, it contains high calcium content and is rich in antioxidants.  Spinach also contains vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, B6, magnesium and folate.


Prep Tip
This side dish can be prepared a day or so in advance.  Store wrapped in the refrigerator and heat before serving.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS
PLUS 3

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
95 cal, 6g fat, 6g protein, 6g carbs, 2g fiber, 323mg sodium, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS:  Boston Markets Creamed Spinach per serving
280 cal, 23g fat, 9g protein, 12g carbs, 3g fiber, 580mg sodium, 1g sugar

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9 Responses to “Rich and Dreamy, Skinny Creamed Spinach”

  1. Shannon Says:

    I made this tonight and it was unbelievable!!!!!

  2. admin Says:

    Great…I’m so happy this recipe worked for you Shannon!

  3. marie Says:

    I couldn’t find the serving size? Only that it serves 8.

  4. admin Says:

    Marie this recipe was created a long time ago. Back then I would measure out the serving size in order to calculate the nutritional facts but didn’t include it in the recipe. Sorry. I need to make this again soon and include it. The best you can do now is make the recipe and divide it into 8 equal servings.
    With my best wishes,
    Nancy

  5. Sandy Raffaelli Says:

    I was also wondering about the serving size. I have just started and I’m hating to guess about points because I have been following my food carefully. Have you made it yet?

  6. admin Says:

    Sandy, this recipe was one I created in the early days of Skinny Kitchen. I regret to say, I don’t have the exact serving size. This recipe makes 8 servings so it you decide to try it, you’ll have to divide it into 8 servings. Good news though, most of my recipes are very specific now when it comes to the size of each serving!
    All the best,
    Nancy

  7. Gaylan Says:

    Can fresh spinach be substituted in the recipe and if so what qty?

    Thx

  8. admin Says:

    You sure could Gaylan. Lightly steam first or cook in the microwave for about 1 minute. You can substitute 1 package (10 ounces) frozen spinach leaves for 1-1/2 pounds of fresh spinach.
    My best,
    Nancy

  9. BA Says:

    Thanks – your stovetop recipe is now on my grocery list. It calls up a long ago holiday favorite from “Cooking in Clover” (1977): a no-fat-barred, baked blend of spinach and artichoke hearts, cream cheese, melted butter (!), and sliced water chestnuts, topped with bread crumbs and parm. I’m definitely keeping the water chestnuts. :)

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