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Keto Creamed Spinach – Low Carb Side Dish

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Easy, low carb keto creamed spinach that takes just 15 minutes. It’s made with spinach, heavy cream, cream cheese and a few other ingredients you probably already have.

Creamed spinach for some is actually pretty hard to like, but this recipe changes everything. This creamed spinach recipe has a few ingredient tricks making it irresistible.

What is Creamed Spinach?

Creamed spinach is an often used side dish that goes especially well with meat dishes, like steak. You will need some spinach and dairy products to make delicious and easy creamed spinach. It’s worth adding the right spices too.

Is Creamed Spinach Keto Approved?

Creamed spinach is often thickened with flour, but that’s actually not necessary. It’s really easy to make a gluten-free and low carb creamed spinach dish using only natural ingredients.

Just simmering heavy cream is enough to make my creamed spinach recipe really thick. The cream cheese also helps thicken the sauce, so you end up with a deliciously rich dish. The whole family will enjoy it whether they’re on a special diet or not.

What are the ingredients to make a Keto Creamed Spinach?

  • 1 qt Water
  • 5 oz Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Onion, minced (or 2 tsp Dried Minced Onion)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Do I have to use baby spinach?

Baby spinach will have a much milder flavor and be less bitter than full grown spinach. However, you can use what you have/want.

What about using frozen spinach?

Absolutely. Feel free to substitute 5oz of fresh spinach with 5oz of chopped frozen spinach instead if you prefer. If you want to use frozen spinach, thaw and drain it first. Squeeze out the water in order to reuse the spinach. Adding spinach will shorten saute time, but adding cream won’t.

Low Carb Creamed Spinach Recipe

  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, add spinach and push completely under the water with a wooden spoon. Blanch for 1 minute. Remove from heat and strain water. Squeeze as much water out of the spinach as possible. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until slightly translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to med-low and add heavy cream, cream cheese, mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cream is bubbly and the cheeses have melted, about 3-4 minutes. Stir to combine and coat everything evenly.
  4. Serve warm.

Can I make creamed spinach as part of a meal plan?

That’s a great idea. Making creamed spinach ahead of time is possible, it may just not taste the same as fresh. However, the process for how to make creamed spinach ahead of time is really simple and much easier when you just need a really quick side dish.

Planning: prepare it as normal and let it cool down. Don’t refrigerate it until it cools down.

When you are ready to serve your creamed spinach, just add small portions to a pan and reheat them over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Creamed Spinach

Low-Carb Creamed Spinach

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 qt Water
  • 5 oz Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Onion, minced (or 2 tsp Dried Minced Onion)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, add spinach and push completely under the water with a wooden spoon. Blanch for 1 minute. Remove from heat and strain water. Squeeze as much water out of the spinach as possible. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until slightly translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to med-low and add heavy cream, cream cheese, mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cream is bubbly and the cheeses have melted, about 3-4 minutes. Stir to combine and coat everything evenly.
  4. Serve warm.

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