Skinny Matzo Brei With Fresh Spinach, Garlic and Onions


Skinny Matzo Brei With Fresh Spinach, Garlic and Onions
Matzo Brei [MAHT-suh bri] is one of the great traditional breakfast or brunch treats. Look on the menu of any Jewish delicatessen and you’ll see this popular dish.  Normally made by soaking matzo until soft, frying with eggs, and serving with applesauce, cinnamon/sugar, or jam on the side, I’m shaking things up a bit!  This savory, skinny recipe begins by sautéing fresh spinach, garlic, and onions, then scrambling with matzo and eggs.  It turns ordinary Matzo Brei into a really fabulous, healthy meal. The skinny for one fiber-rich serving, 256 calories, and 8 grams of fat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 256kcal


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onions (about 1 large), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach or 1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 3 whole-wheat matzos or regular, unsalted
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3 large eggs, I like Eggland’s Best eggs
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat spread such as Smart Balance Light or Benecol Light
  • cup fat-free feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • On a microwave-safe plate, cook the onions in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat until hot.   Add onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.  Stir in spinach and continue cooking for about 1-2 minutes until spinach is soft.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove to a plate and set aside.  Set aside the pan for a moment.
  • In the meantime, break up the matzos slightly and soak in a bowl of cold water for about 1-2 minutes until soft but don’t let them get too soggy!  Drain the matzos and squeeze out the water.  Combine the matzo in a bowl with eggs and egg whites.
  • In the same pan, melt the Smart Balance over medium-high heat.  Add the matzo/egg mixture, cooked onions, and spinach and scramble, stirring constantly until eggs are cooked.
  • Divide among 4 plates.  Sprinkle each plate with feta cheese and serve immediately.  Let everyone season their own with salt and pepper to taste.


Makes 4 servings (each serving, 1/4 recipe)

Food Facts

Matzo Brei means fried matzo in Yiddish.  Matzo Brei makes a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner dish.

Prep Tips

Cooking the onions in the microwave first until soft allows you to use less oil when sautéing with garlic and spinach.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
SmartPoints 5-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (each serving, 1/4 recipe)
256 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat. fat, 140mg chol, 21g protein, 27g carbs, 6g fiber, 531mg sodium, 1g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
127 calories, 1g sat. fat, 7g protein, 0g sugar

Skinny Facts

Serving: 0.25recipeCalories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 21gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 531mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1gBlue Smart Points: 3Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 6

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!

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