"If you're looking for a good way to get kids to eat spinach, try this zippy side dish spiced with picante sauce," suggests Sandra Weaver of Fort Gordon, Georgia. "My teenage daughter likes it so much she makes it herself."
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 to 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1/2 cup picante sauce or salsa
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in spinach and picante sauce. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese.
- Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 156 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 486mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
Originally published as Spinach Surprise in Quick Cooking May/June 2000
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