Simple Spinach Squares

Spinach. Cottage Cheese. Cheddar Cheese. Eggs. Whole Wheat Flour. Wheat Germ.

I liked the sound of those ingredients. A green vegetable. Simple. Nutritious. Protein. Whole grains. Also, most often those are items we have on hand. In my quest to eat better and more colorfully, I am aware that often we lack the green stuff. However, I pick up frozen bags of spinach when on sale pretty frequently and keep the freezer stocked. Just cooking it and serving it plain would not go over well in my household. Instead, I have to get creative!

I came across this recipe when searching through my mother in law’s most treasured recipes this summer. This particular visit in July was like stepping back in time. She taught me how to sew on her antique sewing machine, and we enjoyed making homemade cloth baby wipes for our little guy. We picked blueberries one afternoon and even got to ride in a modern day covered wagon. A visit to her home is always relaxing and comforting.

Enthusiastically, I copied the recipe down (we don’t know the original source) and finally tried it a few months later. Since then I’ve made them a few times, and the hubby and I found that adding a little something makes them even better and more colorful–like small pieces of bacon (yum!) or diced red peppers.

Here it is:

-2 eggs

-1 pkg. frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, drained, & squeezed

-6 Tablespoons whole wheat flour

-1 16 oz. pkg. of low fat cottage cheese

– 6 oz. (1.5 cups) grated cheddar cheese

-1/4-1/2 tsp. black pepper

-1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

-Pinch of nutmeg

-3 Tbsp. wheat germ

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13 X 9 X 2 pan. Beat eggs with flour until smooth. Add spinach, cheeses, pepper, & nutmeg. Stir until well blended. Pour into pan. Sprinkle with wheat germ. Bake for 45 mins or until puffed and knife inserted comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Can be made ahead, refrigerated, or frozen.

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