Sunday, July 7, 2013

Spectacular Spinach and Feta Bites

As many of you know, one of my go-to breakfast/snacks for the busy work week are my Bananarama Bars which were featured on Yahoo! Shine recently.  A few weeks ago, I had an absolutely amazing time teaching a healthy eating/nutrition course coupled with a cooking class at the US Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center- we had seven cooking stations, one of which was the Bananarama Bar station.  It was such a fun and motivated group and everyone did such a great job making the snacks!  At the end of the class, we had an absolute feast!

The Bananarama Bars are great because with just a little prep over the weekend, you have a healthy and tasty grab and go breakfast or snack that will hold you over for hours.  These are fabulous when you are craving something a touch sweet, but what about when your savory cravings kick in?  That's when I realized it's time for a make-ahead bite that will satisfy these foodie desires :)  I love the combination of spinach and feta- Spanakopitas are my favorite!  These spinach and feta bites are so easy to whip up and they make use of just a few ingredients that most of us have readily accessible in the kitchen.  At just 1.5 weight watchers points per bite if you make them in a muffin pan, this good-for-you AND delicious snack really hits the spot and if you really want another, go for it!  Sometimes on weekends, I turn this into a breakfast/brunch and cook them up in my Le Creuset mini cocottes- they are just so cute and end up being a mere 5.5 weight watchers points a serving.  Children love them too and they may be just the trick to get your kids to eat more veggies!  Enjoy these tasty bites!

10 oz. organic cut frozen spinach
2 eggs (I use Pete and Gerry's Heirloom eggs)
1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs (I use Progresso)
1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients and dish into muffin pan or oven safe cookware.

2.  If using muffin pan, remove after ~25 minutes.  If using larger cookware, will likely need to be cooked longer depending on size.

These bites can be eaten hot and the remainder refrigerated- they are surprisingly feta-tastic cold too!  :-)

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