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This is a great easy creamed spinach recipe to add to your collection of healthy side dishes recipes. Also, it is good for children, perfect with chicken, lamb or any other meat you like.

Easy creamed spinach in a bowl

This Easy Creamed Spinach recipe could be a great addition to your collection of side dishes for Thanksgiving or Christmas and not only. In my house, we eat it all the time even when it is not the holiday season.

Even my daughter, when she was abroad, called and asked me how to make it, because she was craving “that green thing you make that I like and tend not to share with people”!

Creamy and delicious, this recipe was one of my favorite recipes while growing up, so it does not surprise me that my daughter really likes it too.

When she was very young, I used to feed her spinach made this way, because I could sneak in greens without her refusing them.

Easy creamed spinach with two sunny side up eggs

Spinach was one of those vegetables we all ate in spring when it was very affordable to buy at the Farmers Market.

My grandmother used to make this recipe for all of her grandchildren because it was known that spinach was the healthiest form of greens available.

She used to serve it with sunny side up fried eggs and good bread and I have to tell you that we used to lick the plates. I still cook it like that for breakfast once in a while.

Sometimes she was serving the spinach, cold, on a slice of fresh bread, as a snack. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Or with a piece of chicken right next to it!

Easy creamed spinach served with fried eggs and chicken on a white plate

Anyway, the recipe is quite easy to put together. It is made with milk, a little bit of butter or oil, a little bit of flour for thickening and lots of garlic.

If you don’t like garlic and feel like this recipe is not for you because of it, you can make it and skip the garlic or use less which is perfectly acceptable.

What kind of spinach do I need to use, frozen or fresh?

I make it all the time with frozen spinach because it is convenient. However, if you go to the Farmers Market and buy a bunch of spinach, use it. Spinach will cook down a lot, so make sure you have enough. 

My understanding is that for 10 oz frozen spinach, you need about a pound of fresh one. I like fresh spinach in Spring, but I use frozen most of the year. 

How this easy creamed spinach gets creamy?

Very good question, thanks for asking! This family recipe was always made with milk. However, I see all kinds of recipes out there that use from milk to half and half, from cream cheese to parmesan etc.

You can cook this spinach and add as many calories you want, also add all kinds of ingredients, but if you are looking to make a more balanced side dish that is both humble and delicious, stick with milk or half and half.

Make ahead this dish:

You can make this dish with 1-2 days before you plan to serve it. Reheat it in the microwave or oven at 350F for a few minutes. I advice you to cover the bowl of creamed spinach in the microwave. It tends to explode.

Easy creamed spinach on a white plate with fried eggs and a fried chicken leg

How to store this easy creamed spinach:

Store it in the fridge in an airtight container and consume it in maximum 3 days. 

What can I serve with this spinach dish:

You can serve it with a multitude of roasted or grilled meats, next to rice or other side dishes you like. If you fry a few eggs and some bacon, this spinach makes a great breakfast as well. 

Here are some ideas:

Chicken schnitzel

Romanian meatballs

Roasted pork with red wine

No breaded fried chicken

Old fashion meatloaf

Roasted lemon chicken drumsticks

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Creamed Spinach

This is a great easy creamy spinach recipe to add to your collection of healthy side dishes recipes. Also, it is good for children, perfect with chicken, lamb or any other meat you like. A favorite on the Easter table as well.

This is a great easy creamed spinach recipe to add to your collection of healthy side dishes recipes. Also, it is good for children, perfect with chicken, lamb or any other meat you like. A favorite on the Easter table as well.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz bag of organic frozen spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a cooking pan, heat up the butter and add the spinach.
  2. Saute the spinach until soft.
  3. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  4. Crush the garlic and set aside.
  5. Separately, mix flour and milk together until smooth and free of any lumps.
  6. Add the milk and flour to the spinach and keep mixing to keep it creamy.
  7. If it gets too thick, add a little bit of milk to the pan.
  8. Add the garlic.
  9. Keep mixing. Taste for salt and pepper.
  10. Remove it from the heat and serve.
  11. Note: If you want it smoother, use a vertical blender for few seconds, especially if you serve it to young kids. Makes a great dip as well, served with pita chips.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

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Cristina

Monday 29th of April 2019

This is a great side dish. I used fresh spinach which after I sauteed it I had to drain it very well. Then I followed this recipe to the letter. I reheated the dish the day after and added a little extra milk to make it thinner.

The Bossy Kitchen

Monday 29th of April 2019

Hi, Cristina, Thank you for visiting. I love creamy spinach too. It is one of the foods I enjoyed eating while growing up.I am happy you liked the dish. It is so easy and delicious.