Skinny Matzo Brei With Fresh Spinach, Garlic and Onions

matzo brei
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 sauteing 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 1 fiber-rich serving, 256 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and 3 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 5 Green.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cups onions (about 1 large), chopped

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground black pepper

10 ounces of fresh spinach or 1(10 ounce) 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

⅔ cup fat free feta cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


1. On a microwave safe plate, cook the onions in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until soft.

2. 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.

3.  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.

4.  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.

4. 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 Fact

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

Prep Tip

Cooking the onions in the microwave first until soft allows you to use less oil when sauteing 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

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!