There is no denying that spinach is good for the body. Unfortunately, a lot of picky-eaters (most especially kids!) find it hard to incorporate spinach into their diets because it is on the bitter side of things. Being extra creative in the kitchen oftentimes is necessitated just to have more spinach consumed regularly.
Here’s one really nifty way to prepare spinach: turning them into delicious balls!
Once you have magically made spinach into balls, the possibilities then become practically endless. You may serve them as finger foods, and there are plenty of dips that can go very well with them. You may also throw some of these highly nutritious balls into sauces or stews that you would like to make meatless.
The phenomenal crunch and taste of spinach balls are not the only ones to love, but also the numerous health benefits that the star ingredient, which is spinach, is known to bring.
Some of the many, many perks that you can get from consuming spinach on a regular basis include:
Improved vision. Spinach contains beta carotene that helps protect the eyes from free radical damage. Experts say that spinach can help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Lowered blood pressure. Just like many fresh produce out there, spinach is a wonderful source of potassium. A vasodilator, potassium enables the blood to flow through your blood vessels more efficiently.
Stronger muscles. Experts say that CO-Q10, which is an antioxidant, helps in improving blood supply to the muscles. With increased supply of oxygen- and nutrient-containing blood, your muscles get stronger.
Reduced osteoporosis risk. Vitamin K present in spinach helps drive calcium into the bones. Also, this vitamin helps save you from bleeding excessively by causing your blood to coagulate when you have a wound.
Optimized RBC count. Spinach is also a great source of iron, which is necessary for the production of red blood cells or RBCs. This is why spinach can help in the prevention of iron-deficiency anemia.
Regulated bowel movement. Fiber present in spinach helps make sure that constipation won’t strike. Experts say that fiber is also good for warding off colon cancer, piles and obesity.
There are so many other health benefits that spinach offers. Unfortunately, this article is about letting you know how to make mouth-watering spinach balls.
Let’s get closer to you serving something so unique, delicious and nutritious on the table by taking a look at how to make spinach balls that both kids and adults alike will love unconditionally:
4 eggs (large)
2 10-oz bags of frozen spinach
2 cups of stuffing crumbs (the kind that’s seasoned with herbs)
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup of butter (softened)
2 tablespoons of onions (minced finely)
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
Chop up frozen spinach and cook according to the directions on the package.
Carefully drain in a colander. Give the liquid enough time to drain.
Afterwards, grab a large mixing bowl. Combine cooked spinach and softened butter.
Throw in the herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs, grated parmesan cheese and finely-minced onions. Mix very well.
Add ground nutmeg, ground black pepper and sea salt. You may use less salt, depending on your preference.
Grab a small mixing bowl and beat the eggs in it.
Transfer the beaten eggs to the spinach mixture and gently stir to have every bit of spinach covered.
Allow everything to chill in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
In the meantime, have your over preheated to 350ºF.
Get a large baking sheet that’s rimmed. You may line it with parchment paper or spray with a little cooking spray.
Make small balls out of the spinach mixture using your hands. Employ a spoon as a measuring tool. Feel free to moisten your hands with water every now and then if the mixture is too sticky.
Neatly place the spinach balls on the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked. Serve fresh from the oven.