Creamed Spinach Casserole

Creamed Spinach Casserole

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, 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.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup extra sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 large egg whites

Preparation

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  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
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare Steps 2 & 3, refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before folding in egg whites.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 142 calories; 6 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 175 mcg folate; 17 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 12678 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 290 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 391 mg sodium; 473 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (254% daily value), Calcium (30% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 lean meat

Reviews 5

July 23, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Healthy, simple, delicious A rocking recipe - add a little garlic and increase the amount of cottage cheese; a tasty-yummy side dish! I served it with smoked haddock... Pros: Quick, healthy Cons: None
January 08, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Such a great side dish! My family loved this recipe! It was so good. I did a few substitutions. I added garlic salt for a little more flavor, since other reviewers felt like it needed a little something. Instead of cottage cheese, I actually added a 1/4 cup sour cream. This is my new go-to vegetable. It was really delicious.
December 26, 2013
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By: Amber Schooley
Okay, but lacks flavor I agree with one of the previous reviewers that this has potential, but does not have enough flavor. I had to add in an extra 1/2 cup of cheddar, and substituted feta cheese and Greek yogurt for the cottage cheese. Even after that, the flavor was only so-so. I had to season it with paprika, basil, and a little cayenne pepper Pros: healthy Cons: not enough flavor
December 25, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Has potential I like the idea of thise casserole, but I found it to lack flavor. And although I am not a salt person, I had to add more to give the dish flavor. I'm thinking that feta may be the alteration I need for my taste, so I'll try that next time. I don't understand why the dish calls for frozen full-leaf spinach when frozen chopped spinach would be much easier than having to put the full-leaf spinach in a food processor. I'll tweak that next time around as well. Overall, I think this recipe has real potential. Pros: Healthy Cons: Lacked flavor (for me)
November 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Yummy healthier alternative to creamed spinach Served this on Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. I'm health conscious so typically stay away from casseroles so was excited when I saw this lighter alternative. I used skim milk which worked out just fine. I also substituted gruyere cheese for the cheddar, which was delicious, but not as pretty of a presentation. Very good. Will definitely make again! Pros: healthier than traditional creamed spinach