Creamed spinach, but without eggs or cheese


April 27, 2005|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Margie Peach from Baldwin was looking for a recipe for Creamed Spinach similar to the one served by Boston Market restaurants that she and her family like so much.

All the recipes she had been able to find contained eggs and cheese, and she was looking for one that was made without those ingredients.

Sally Masters of Baltimore sent in her recipe for Creamed Spinach that uses cream of celery soup as a binder instead of eggs and cheese. It calls for frozen chopped spinach and can be prepared in a matter of minutes.

Be sure to thaw the spinach and squeeze out the excess water or the dish could be too runny. This recipe makes a rich and creamy side dish that would partner nicely with fish, chicken or meat.

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Creamed Spinach

Serves 4

4 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 can cream of celery soup

20 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed

salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and add flour and garlic powder. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

Blend in soup until smooth and piping hot. Add the spinach and salt and pepper. Heat throughout. Serve immediately or keep on very low heat.

Per serving: 196 calories; 6 grams protein; 15 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 12 grams carbohydrate; 3 grams fiber; 38 milligrams cholesterol; 789 milligrams sodium

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