Thursday, March 19, 2015

Savory Spinach Chia Puff

Hi friends! How was your St. Patty's Day? Still recovering? I hope it was epic and you have all the luck in the world.

Side note: I'm pretty disappointed I couldn't find The Luck of the Irish on TV any time over this past week. Or maybe it was, but just while I was at work. But it's not on Netflix or Amazon Prime either. What is that? The best movie to watch on St. Patrick's Day, in my opinion. And really one of the best Disney Channel Original Movies in general. Oh well. Maybe I'll come across it eventually. *sigh*

Anyway...

This past week was a bit crazy for me. I feel like it has been non-stop celebrations. My company just re-branded last week, which came with a multitude of parties and fun activities. This weekend a few of my friends had birthdays so we had a big party for them. And Monday night I was out again for another birthday. Needless to say, I was pretty beat. That's too much social interaction for me.

Nathan and I celebrated St. Patty's Day yesterday (a day late). Because of how much we had going on last week we were, admittedly, too tired to do anything Tuesday night. Nathan sent me this recipe for Irish Nachos with Guinness and Irish Cheddar Sauce a while back and has been drooling for them ever since, so I decided [late] St. Patty's Day seemed as good a time as any to make it. My problem: I don't much care for sausage. Or Guinness, for that matter. So this wan't really going to do it for me for dinner.

Look at these monster nachos!
Last weekend I tried this Chia Puff Pancake recipe from Sugar-Free Mom. Topped off with fresh strawberries, it was delicious and very satisfying. And it got me thinking about how I might make a savory version of this delicious healthy puff. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. I could use spinach to turn the puff green. Very fitting! I decided to add a little cheddar cheese as well, since I happened to have it on hand. The end result was delicious and very nutritious. My body was thanking me for eating this tasty little puff instead of those rich nachos, as yummy as I know they were.

We ended the night with a Shamrock Green Smoothie, a clean version of a Shamrock Shake that I made unclean when I spiked them. Ha! I had a small bottle of Jameson and Bailey's (about a shot each) leftover from a cupcake recipe I made over the weekend. So I decided to add them to the shakes. Because, why not? Nathan got the whiskey shake. Bailey's for me. Nathan didn't much like it. It didn't taste enough like the real thing to him. Probably because the base is frozen banana instead of ice cream. But as someone who drinks green smoothies quite frequently, I thought it was delicious!


But back to the spinach puff. Bottom line: It turned out awesome! I will be making this all year round, not just on St. Patrick's Day. It will make a great breakfast as well.

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~ Ingredients ~

Serves 1

1/3 c. liquid egg whites
1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/4 c. oat flour
1/4 c. fresh spinach, packed
1/2 Tbsp. chia seed
1/2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
1 Tbsp. fat free cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. non-fat plain greek yogurt for topping (optional)
Additional chopped green onions for topping (optional)

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~ Directions ~

Preheat oven to 350° and grease a small ramekin.

In a blender, combine egg whites, almond milk and spinach. Blend until smooth and spinach is liquified. Mixture will be green.


In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together egg/milk/spinach mixture and oat flour. Add cheddar cheese and green onion, mixing until well combined.

Pour batter into the ramekin. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, or until fork comes out clean when inserted and the mixture has puffed up.


You can now eat directly from ramekin or remove it to a plate. I left mine in the ramekin because the nachos were done and Nathan was ready to eat so I didn't want to wait for it to cool. If you are removing from the ramekin, allow the puff to cool slightly before doing so. Top with greek yogurt and more green onions, if desired.


 
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