Spinach Puff (May also be made with Fresh Kale, Collard Greens, Beet Green)

Portion Size: ½ cup spinach 

Ingredients: Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients Notes: 
5 ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed or may use fresh spinach (8 cups) or Other vegetables. Washed, trimmed and chopped. Remove any stems or tough membranes.
4 teaspoons bread crumbs
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
3 eggs
1½ cups shredded low fat Swiss or cheddar cheese
½ cup flour
¼ cup margarine, melted
¼ teaspoon onion salt


Steps:Directions: Critical Control Point /Quality Assurance
1Drain spinach well in a colander, pressing out liquid with a spoon.
2Spray a baking dish; with non stick cooking spray.  
3In a bowl, blender container, or food processor bowl, combine cottage cheese and eggs.
4Add shredded cheese, flour, margarine, and onion salt.
5Beat with an electric mixer, or cover and blend or process till smooth. Stir in spinach.
6Transfer mixture to the prepared dish.
7Bake in a 350°F oven about 1 hour or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.Cook until internal temperature reaches 135°F.

Variation: Spinach can be steamed, braised, microwaved, roasted, stir fry. May add choice of herbs or spices for flavor. 

Jacqueline Larson M.S., R.D.N. and Associates