Rich and Dreamy, Skinny Creamed Spinach



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


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


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

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