There’s a reason why spinach was Popeye’s go-to snack! He always made sure to have it packing with him all the time! After all, those muscles need maintenance and it tastes good too! Now we don’t know about Popeye’s spinach but we like ours full of flavor, using minimal ingredients, which is exactly what the weight watcher spinach recipe is.
Here’s my take on the weight watcher version of classic creamed spinach. Enjoy!
Weight Watcher Spinach Recipe
- 32 oz frozen spinach chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup onion diced
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1.5 cup evaporated milk or vegan alternative
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Boil a pot full of water
- Place your frozen spinach into the boiling water
- Cook for 30 seconds
- Drain the spinach into a colander
- Shake out the excess water
- Press to remove any leftover water
- Place drained spinach into a serving bowl and cover to keep warm
- Place a medium saucepan on medium heat
- Add the butter into the saucepan and let it melt
- Once the butter has melted, add the onion and salt to taste
- Cook the onion for about 10mins, stirring frequently until soft and translucent
- Once the onion is cooked, add the flour, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg to the pan
- Stir to combine
- Once combined, slowly whisk in your evaporated milk
- Cook the mixture for 5-7mins, whisking continuously until it starts to thicken and bubbles begin to form
- Now using an immersion blender in the pot, blend the sauce until smooth OR transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth
- Now pour over the sauce on the spinach, toss to combine
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
Tips for this recipe
- To save time, instead of boiling the spinach you can simply place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 8 minutes
- To make this dish even more wholesome, you can add some cream cheese if you want (remember to portion control!)
- You can also add feta cheese to this recipe
- You can skip the butter and use any oil substitute you like
- You can use alternative nut milk if you prefer, but I’m not sure how that will affect the taste since I haven’t tried it myself!
And we’re finally done! Wasn’t it simple? Trust us, it’s really delicious! While any form of creamed spinach is delicious, this one has a few tweaks just to make it a tad bit more healthy. After all, creamed spinach is a classic side dish and we love to pair with meat or chicken mains!
It’s easy to make, needs ingredients you probably already have, and it goes well with most things. What’s not to like? Also, if you have a bunch of wilting spinach in your fridge that needs instant rescuing, this dish is here to save the day!
Things to Pair This Creamed Spinach With
This weight watcher spinach recipe tastes incredibly good on its own but if you pair it with something else, it gets so much better.
This spinach is great with some crackers. Otherwise, simply serve it with any meat dish as a side dish; with steaks, chicken, or even salmon. However, you can serve it with some toasted pita bread and tortilla chips as well. If you want to go for a complete healthy meal, try it with vegan chips. These savory crackers go perfect with this recipe and for a full on meal, have it with some fried chicken.
Why You Should Incorporate Spinach In Your Diet
Now to answer why Popeye (and we) love spinach so much:
- Spinach contains a high amount of chlorophyll and Beta-carotene, these poly nutrients have anti-inflammatory properties along with promoting better vision health,
- It’s rich in iron, a compound that’s needed to make healthy blood in our body! This prevents anemia resulting from iron deficiency, which is surprisingly common in every population
- It contains nitrates, compounds that improve blood flow and help your vessels relax. This keeps your blood pressure in check and promotes better cardiac health!
- It contains calcium and phosphorus, which helps maintain our bone health and improves strength
- It contains compounds like Vitamin C and Vitamin A that help boost our immunity! Protecting our bodies against infections and disease.
When you incorporate healthy foods like spinach into your diet, you get the purest form of nutrients. This way, you don’t have to rely on any artificial supplements to prevent any nutritional deficiencies!
More Spinach Recipes!
If we have convinced you into eating more spinach, here are some recipes that are worth trying: