I think that spinach has gotten a bad rap. Really-somewhere along the lines folks have decided that it is slimy and disgusting. How unfair! Spinach is a vitamin & mineral powerhouse (dark green leafy vegetable!) and is a good source of fiber.
Fresh spinach is lovely either raw, lightly sauteed or steamed. . . but in the winter, out of season, it’s not exactly a frugal vegetable choice. Frozen is a better bet when your budget is on the line. Try this great way to dress up plain frozen spinach~it’s a company worthy sidedish! The original recipe claimed that this tastes just like the creamed spinach at “Boston Market”. . . since I’ve never tasted theirs, I can’t comment. All I can say is it is delish! Not low calorie-but delish!
Fancy Creamed Spinach
1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
1 TBS Flour
1 small onion
4 TBS Butter
1/2 tsp garlic
salt & pepper
2 boxes of frozen spinach-thawed, drained & squeezed dry
Dice onion and sautee in 2 TBS butter until soft, then set aside.
In saucepan melt remaining 2 TBS butter.
Add soup, flour, garlic, salt & pepper and mix until smooth.
Add sauteed onions & drained spinach.
Cook until heated through.
Use homemade cream of anything soup instead of store bought
Use 1 C homemade white sauce instead of cream of celery soup
Add a dash of nutmeg or add a bay leaf & clove into the sauce while cooking, remove prior to serving.
Add fresh diced garlic-I love it so I’d add a couple of cloves.
Like cheese? Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese or 1/4 cup grated Parmesan.