Healthy creamed spinach smothered in a low carb cream cheese sauce. You won’t miss the extra unnecessary carbs found in most creamed spinach recipes.
I’m a big vegetable eater and I absolutely love spinach. Creamed spinach is one of my favorite sides, but most are made with a flour roux. The addition of flour is not necessary to thicken the sauce if cream cheese is added and less milk or cream is used.
Another change that lowers the carbs a bit is using onion powder instead of fresh chopped onion. You can get the same flavor with less carbs using the dry onion powder. That’s why I like to keep a jar in my spice rack.
I also like the additional flavor that the cream cheese brings to this spinach dish. This recipe is similar in taste and texture to the one that is served at Boston Market. Which used to be my favorite side there.
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When I first made this creamed spinach, I used two boxes of frozen spinach. But, then I tried it with fresh spinach and liked it better. You can use either one.
It’s totally optional, but I think adding crushed pork rinds on top is a nice touch. It adds some crunch and a bit more color. You can also adjust the amount of spinach to your liking. I personally like it drenched in the sauce.
This has become one of my favorite side dishes for the holidays. It goes well with both turkey and ham. And, I can sometimes get my daughter to eat her vegetables because this creamed spinach is so good.
The prep for this cheesy creamed spinach dish is also quick and easy. It doesn’t take long to throw it together. So, not only is it a good side dish for holidays, it’s also perfect for busy weeknights too.
Like macaroni and cheese, I think this dish is warm and comforting. My family enjoys having it as a side throughout the fall and winter seasons. Thank goodness none of us has to follow a dairy free diet. We just love cheese too much!
If you also love creamed spinach, give this low carb version a try. The cheesy cream sauce is terrific way to get the family eating their veggies.
What’s your favorite way to serve spinach? Does it include cheese?
Low Carb Gluten Free Creamed Spinach Recipe
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (10 oz) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained or equivalent fresh
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- salt and pepper
- Saute garlic and onion powder in 3 tablespoons butter. Mix in spinach and cook on low, covered, about 5 minutes.
- In another pot, mix 1 tablespoon butter with cream cheese, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. Cook on medium heat until cream cheese is melted. Whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add cheese sauce to cooked spinach. You can eat as is or make ahead to reheat in a casserole sprinkled with crushed pork rinds.
Carbs per serving: about 2.6 g