• María Fernanda López

Cheesy Spinach Bacon Bites (Keto, Gluten Free)

Here's a fact about life, spinach can go bad in a very short period of time, leaving us with just a few days to enjoy it fresh and crunchy. If you are like me and you get the huge container of organic spinach at the supermarket then you are going to love this recipe!


I'm a very lucky girl and one of my dearest neighbors gave me a huge bag of arugula, which I love! But I also had a huge container of spinach, the Costco size all for myself so the challenge was on, to use all the spinach into recipes before it turned out all soggy and disgusting.



I mixed some other of our favorite ingredients into this recipe that even your kiddos would like because we are including cheese and bacon... TSSS (fire emoji).



This is a great side dish or a great addition to those cute lunch boxes we all see in pictures. A good cheesy addition that will also keeps us satisfied thanks to the protein and the fats from the eggs, pork panko and cheese.



As I mentioned in earlier posts, it's all about quality when it comes to nutrition and eating healthy. There's no need to cut foods just because they are "bad for you", instead focus on ingredients!



Little changes that make the difference:

  • Pastured and hormone free bacon!

  • Organic cheese

  • Gluten free flours

For the bacon in this recipe I tend to use Pederson's or Naked Bacon, those are the pork bacon that I love and when it comes to turkey bacon I love Diestel bacon.These brands use simple ingredients and they stick to good food values.



For the gluten free flour I decided to use pork panko, it has been one of my latest obsessions since it's super easy to use, it's low carb and it's very sneaky, another way to get some protein in. But of course, always watch the ingredients!



Overall, here's what you'll need for these Cheesy Spinach Bacon Bites:

  • Spinach

  • Eggs

  • Egg whites

  • Uncured bacon

  • Cheese

  • Sea salt

  • Dried Parsley

  • Black pepper

  • Garlic powder



The easiest Cheesy Spinach Bacon Bites:

This recipe is super super easy to make and it took me just a few minutes to prepare, I kept it very simple and uncomplicated so we are not going to steam or boil the spinach, we are just going to throw all the ingredients into your food processor or blender.


The full list of ingredients, along with the instructions and substitutions will be below! This is a very versatile recipe!



Anyways, this is a crowd pleaser! Kids and adults will love this recipe and I hope you do too since it's not only super easy and mostly mess free but it's also delicious! A fancy but extremely easy recipe, hard to miss this!




Overall this recipe is:

  • Keto

  • Gluten and Grain Free

  • Meal Prep Friendly

  • Kid friendly

  • Delicious!



The Final Result:

This is very saucy, comforting and cheesy little bite! The flavor of the spinach really gets disguised by the cheese, the combination is simply on point that even a picky eater would appreciate. It goes very well along with some chunky salsa, marinara sauce or even alone!



You can add them as a side dish, on your lunch boxes and even a snack for your little ones. It's a fun and easy way to get some nutrients and veggies in!


Pro tip! You can also air fry it for a couple of minutes once sliced and cool if you want an extra crispy edge. For my baked and soft was also perfect as part of my lunch or dinner.


Sharing is Caring!

So let's start cooking, a simple and fail proof recipe to nourish that body and still enjoy those amazing leftovers! Also, remember that sharing is caring so please share this link with your loved ones, cooking buddies, pin, save or bookmark this recipe!



With love,

María


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Cheesy Spinach Bacon Bites

By María Fernanda López

Serves 24


Ingredients

  • 4 cups of raw spinach

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup of egg whites

  • 2 slices of naked bacon (used this)

  • 1 + 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 tsp of sea salt

  • 1 tbsp of dried parsley

  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp of garlic powder


Method

  1. Preheat the oven at 350F.

  2. Bake the bacon for 15 minutes.

  3. Once the bacon crispy and ready cut it into little pieces.

  4. In a food processor add (washed & drained) spinach, egg whites, eggs, seasonings and pulse for a few seconds.

  5. Add the shredded cheese and pulse until everything is nice and smooth.

  6. Add the pork panko (or gf flour), bacon pieces and fold using a spoon.

  7. Divide the mix into 24 balls, you can use a cookie scooper for extra help or a mini muffin mold.

  8. Bake for 20 minutes.

  9. Let it cool and enjoy as a side dish or marinara sauce!


Nutritional Information (per serving 42 kcal)

Fat: 2.9g

Carbs: 0.5g

Fiber: 0.1g

Net Carbs: 0.4g

Protein: 3.7g




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