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Creamed Spinach Casserole

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From EatingWell:  November/December 2012

This creamy spinach casserole recipe is a more sophisticated cousin to creamed spinach. It’s perfect for weekend entertaining or as a holiday side dish.

8 servings, about 1 cup each | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 1 1/4 hours

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Press spinach in a mesh strainer to get out as much moisture as possible. Pulse in a food processor until very finely chopped.
  3. Combine milk, flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup Cheddar, cottage cheese and the spinach.
  4. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer, slowly increasing the speed, until they begin to foam. Continue to beat until the whites hold their shape; do not overbeat. (You’ll know they are ready when you lift the beaters out and the peak doesn’t flop over.)
  5. Gently fold the whites into the spinach mixture with a rubber spatula until uniform. (It’s OK if a few white streaks remain.) Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar; continue baking until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving : 142 Calories; 6 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 17 mg Cholesterol; 10 g Carbohydrates; 14 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 388 mg Sodium; 476 mg Potassium

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 lean meat

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