Have you ever bought a gigantic bag of fresh baby spinach leaves, only to realize that you have only made it half way through and must plow through the rest of it stat or else it will go bad? This happened to me last week. And hence the creation of these tasty Cheesy Spinach Bites. These are great as a side dish to a meal, or even as a main dish for lunch. We sometimes reheat and eat them for breakfast with some fresh fruit.
How to Make Cheesy Spinach Bites
The first thing I did was to saute an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic together – until browned and caramelized. Then into my food processor went a LOT of spinach (about 4 or 5 cups), the onion/garlic mixture, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. I pulsed it just to chop it up a bit and mix it together. Then I stirred in my eggs (which I had already whisked). Pour into greased muffin tins and bake. I used both a mini muffin tin because I felt like they would bake better this size – and they did!
After they bake, I let them sit for a few minutes to set up. Then give one to your hungry toddler. I’m pretty sure she is saying ‘Kiss me I’m Irish!’ in this picture. Or maybe just ‘Kiss me, I just ate a ton of spinach and loved it’.
Cheesy Spinach Bites
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dice onion and mince garlic. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, then set aside.
- Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions and garlic until cooked through and caramelized – about 10 minutes.
- Whisk eggs together in a bowl.
- Add eggs, cottage cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, salt, pepper, and onion/garlic mixture to a food processor. Pulse to combine.
- Pour egg mixture into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set and eggs are golden on top.
- Serve with orange wedges on the side.
This is a fun and healthy way to serve something green on St. Patrick’s Day – for breakfast or lunch. These are packed full of protein, vitamins and flavor. Plus it is a great way to get kids to eat spinach. You never know when they are going to decide to like it!
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