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Frozen spinach rocks: It's inexpensive, nutritious, and a convenience ingredient you can feel good about. On its own, it's far from appetizing — and one could argue that from a child’s perspective, it's kind of gross. But combined with Italian bread crumbs, Cheddar cheese, and grated Parmesan, this simple side dish takes on a flavor and texture that appeal to kids. With 30 percent bone-building calcium in each serving and a boatload of vitamin A, we hope you'll add these gooey, cheesy spinach bites to your lineup of favorite family sides.

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • One 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or melted butter
  • ½ cup Italian style seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8×8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Drain the spinach very well by pressing in a colander with the back of a large spoon and using paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and olive oil until combined. Whisk in the bread crumbs and baking powder. Stir in the spinach, Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese until well combined.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake until the mixture is set and the top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Slice into 2×4-inch rectangles and serve. Sprinkle the tops with a few pinches of salt to taste.

Nutrition Information per Serving (1 slice): 120 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated), 340mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 9g protein, 90% vitamin A, 20% calcium

Recipe submitted by: Liz W eiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD are The Meal Makeover Moms, and together, they’re on a mission to help busy families eat a healthy and delicious diet. Their latest cookbook, Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen or listen to their weekly radio podcast.

Recipe By: Meal Makeover Moms