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Happy Thursday! Tomorrow’s Friday – woohoo! Kyle and I haven’t had a weekend at home in a month so, although I must admit, this 3-day week hasn’t been too strenuous, I am really looking forward to spending time in Minneapolis this weekend.
Did you make a health-conscious New Year’s resolution? Do you plan to… Eat less processed foods? Have more vegetarian meals? Get more vegetables into your diet? Eat clean? Cook more meals at home?
If so, then I have the perfect recipe for you! Heart-healthy olive oil and one of my favorite superfoods - spinach - make this easy dish a must for your next home-cooked healthy, vegetarian meal!
Layers of crispy, crunchy phyllo dough filled with a savory and rich center. This authentic Greek pie is so decadent, it will have even the diehard spinach-hater in your family asking for seconds! Plus my spanikopita comes in at 350 calories per serving – What’s not to love?
- 10 sheets phyllo dough
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2-10 ounce packages frozen spinach
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 8 ounces feta cheese
- 1 TBSP dill, dried
- 1 TBSP parsley, dried
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray (or brush with olive oil). Thaw frozen spinach according to package instructions and remove all water from the spinach. (I find that wrapping it in a few sheets of paper towels and squeezing it over the sink works really well!) In a medium bowl, mix together spinach, onion, feta, dill and parsley. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on bottom of baking pan and brush with olive oil; repeat the layering with 4 more sheets of phyllo dough. Pour spinach mixture over layer of phyllo dough. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on top of spinach mixture and brush with olive oil. Repeat with remaining 4 phyllo dough sheets. Place, uncovered, in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Enjoy!
Cut into bite-sized pieces and this spanikopita could also be served as an hors d’oeuvres at your next party - Your friends will be amazed at your cooking prowess!
Two servings of vegetables per portion, a flaky, irresistible crust and a delectable, yet healthy, cheesy filling! What are you waiting for?
What are your healthy meal recipes for 2013? Links are welcome in the comments section below!