Guilt Free Poppers-Puffed Spinach Poppers with Cheese

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It was one of those nights. A long 9 hour work day, 2 hours of homework time with my finicky shark, barely making it to pick up my other two boys from school as my gas light comes on, then dragging myself and the boys home for more homework and trying to get dinner done. Yep, one of those nights. So I made my husband a steak. Because he was literally stuck in traffic and deserved a good steak! And to even things out, I wanted veggies. Something quick, convenient and kid friendly.

So like any other day, I grabbed some basic staples from my fridge and pantry and put together these Puffed Spinach Poppers. My oldest boy got wide-eyed as he took a bite and exclaimed how wonderful they tasted. And they literally took 5 minutes to throw together and 20 minutes in the oven. And any mom is always thrilled when their kids eat veggies. This is all is takes to get bite-sized spinach poppers. And I bet these would taste great with ranch or a yogurt dip, though my kids didn’t request it.

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All you need is:
1 lb frozen chopped spinach
1 cup self rising flour
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
3 Tb parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper

Thaw the spinach and drain all the water out.  Then combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix it up well.  Feel free to substitute almond flour for a completely gluten free and paleo friendly snack.

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Then using a 1 1/2 inch cookie baller scoop, scoop 40 portions onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

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Bake for 10 minutes, turn over and bake for 10 minutes more.  Total bake time is 20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and enjoy warm.

These can be enjoyed as an appetizer, 2 per person, or as an accompaniment to any meal, 5 per person.

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I hope you enjoy these Puffed Spinach Poppers as much as my 9 year old. And at just 24 calories and 1 gram of fat per popper, you won’t feel guilty scarfing these down.

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Puffed Spinach Poppers with Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 40

Per Serving 24 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 3 g

Protein 2 g

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Puffed Spinach Poppers with Cheese

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®:

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 3 Tb parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Thaw the spinach and drain all the water out.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Using a 1 1/2 inch cookie baller scoop, scoop 40 portions onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, turn over and bake 10 minutes more.
  5. Remove from oven and enjoy warm.

Notes

These can be enjoyed as an appetizer, 2 per person, or as an accompaniment to any meal, 5 per person. Feel free to substitute almond flour for a completely gluten free and paleo friendly snack.

Do you have a favorite veggie you’d like to make a popper?  Please share.

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