Popeye may have made spinach famous for being a food that gives you strength but there is no need to eat it from a tin! Why not try my delicious feta and spinach recipe for a low calorie healthy meal choice at any time of the day.
When it comes to spinach the best type to use has to be fresh baby spinach leaves and in this recipe this is what I use but if you cannot get your hands on some then you can always use the larger variety or even dip into the freezer section of your local supermarket and look for some that has been frozen and is ready to use when you need it.
This feta and spinach recipe combines north African flavours with lovely fresh feta cheese to create a smooth, filling and nutritious meal.
You can serve up the feta and spinach balls with some dip (but watch out for the calories here) or with a lush green salad to add some different textures to the plate.
Making the little balls to cook is simple and easy and this spinach recipe is ideal to get children into the kitchen and helping out to make the little patties before they are cooked. Just make sure that you flour your hands well before rolling the balls in your palms or you will find yourself in a sticky mess!
- 400g tin of chickpeas
- 200g baby spinach
- 100g feta cheese
- 100g flour
- 2 tsp cumin
- Olive oil for frying
- Begin by preparing the baby spinach by placing it in a sieve and pouring over boiling water
- Once the spinach has cooled then squeeze it to remove as much water as is possible
- Drain the chickpeas and put them into a food processor with the cubed feta, the cumin, flour and the drained spinach
- Mix the ingredients together in the food processor until it just starts to come together
- Remove the mixture and create balls by placing about tablespoon sized amounts into well floured palms and rolling well into little balls.
- Flatten down each of the patties and then fry them in batches in hot oil for a couple of minutes on each side.
- Serve while warm with a side salad or choice of dip
Total calories per serving: 330 calories