A special congrats to Tina of Washington, lucky #37, for winning my latest giveaway. Hope you buy something special with your Macy’s Gift Card! Also, a warm thank you to Jen of A Girl & Her Carrot and Elyse of The Cultural Dish for awarding me the Stylish Blogger Award. These ladies are so sweet. You don’t want to miss Jen’s healthy makeover dishes and Elyse’s worldly creations. Please check out their blogs when you have a chance.
Onto the bites. I guess I’m on a bite kick since my last two recipes have been balls and cups. These recipes reminded me how easy bites can be when serving a crowd and how fun they can be when cooking with little ones. A lovely family member of mine makes amazing spinach balls that I absolutely adore. After taking a close look at the recipe, it’s no wonder I adore these butter balls – they’re packed with loads of butter, salt and cheese. I still plan on munching on these occasionally, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to make a healthier rendition that I could prepare on a regular basis.
Recipe notes: If you’re not a fan of arugula, feel free to use 8 ounces of baby spinach only. These bites are best hot and eaten fresh out of the oven (but leftovers can be frozen). I like to dice up some grape tomatoes and throw them on top of the bites with balsamic vinegar lightly drizzled on top. Hope you like them!
- ¼ cup water
- 4 ounces raw baby spinach (5-6 cups)
- 4 ounces raw arugula (5-6 cups)
- ½ cup finely chopped green onion
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3 large flax eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Balsamic vinegar to drizzle
- Preheat the oven to 375F. In a large skillet over low heat, place water and spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Add arugula and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted, tossing occasionally.
- Remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine arugula and spinach with all remaining ingredients (green onion through sea salt). Mix until well combined. Shape mixture into 1-ounce smooth balls. Place on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, and bake for about 12 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve warm.
Out of curiosity, what’s your favorite green leaf or herb??