Spinach Squares

This attractive appetizer is not only low in fat but loaded with vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid, potassium, calcium and iron! Spinach provides high levels of folic acid which can help reduce homocysteine levels.
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 egg whites

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square pan with wax paper or parchment paper and set aside. Drain and squeeze excess water out of the spinach. In a large bowl, combine spinach, nutmeg and sugar.

Put the cottage cheese in a food processor or blender and process 30 seconds. Add the flour, Parmesan cheese, egg yolk, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Process 30 seconds longer or until well-blended. Add to spinach mixture and mix well.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold into the spinach mixture. Pour into baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until set and golden.

Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes. Invert onto cutting board and slice into 16 squares. Serve warm.

  • Yields: 16 appetizer servings
  • Preparation Time: 40 minutes
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