Today’s Healthy Snack Wednesday theme is….are you ready….wait for it….SPINACH!! What? No firecrackers and confetti? What’s the problem? Spinach is a great ingredient and can add fantastic nutritional value to so many meals. (Oh yeah, don’t forget to read to the bottom for today’s giveaway!)
I always end up using frozen spinach, because it keeps longer, duh. But I do love the fresh stuff. Interesting fact, the older fresh spinach is, the less nutritional value it has. True story. So you are almost better off with the frozen stuff. Plus, with the frozen variety you will never bite into any dirt pellets, not fun. But whether fresh or frozen, spinach works great in spaghetti sauce, omelets or quiche, in dips, salads or just sautéed in a little olive oil and garlic. It really can blend in nicely to almost anything you are trying to add some nutritional value to.
BUT, for our Healthy Snack Wednesday challenge this week, Lara and I decided we had to use spinach in a new-to-us snack recipe. This is not always as easy as it sounds. However, for some reason I have been craving arancini all week, and this proved to be the perfect Healthy Snack Wednesday challenge! So I present to you….Baked Spinach Arancini Snacks!
Baked Spinach Arancini
1 cup White Wine (I used Avia Chardonnay)
1 cup Chicken Broth
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
1/4 Vidalia Onion (diced)
1 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach -thawed and squeezed of excess water (my sub blanched fresh spinach)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1/8 cup grated romano cheese
1 tbsp Capers (optional)
Crushed red pepper (optional)
Drizzle olive oil into a medium saucepan over Medium-High heat
Add onion and garlic and cook until onion begins to turn clear
Remove pot from heat
Add broth and wine and stir well
Return pot to the heat and bring to a boil
Once boiling, cover pot and reduce heat to a simmer
Simmer for 10 -12 minutes or until rice is tender
Remove from heat and mix in spinach
Allow to cool to room temperature
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper
Add parmesan cheese to rice mixture
There is a good chance, at this point, you may want to eat the entire rice mixture as is, because it is that good! But if you want to continue…
Arrange beaten eggs in a bowl and combine romano and bread crumbs in a second bowl
Roll rice mixture into 1 inch balls, dredge through egg mixture and then through bread crumb mixture
Place coated ball onto the baking sheet
Continue until all rice has been used
Spray the balls with a light coating of cooking spray and place in the oven
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they begin to brown
Remove from oven and serve with a side of your favorite marinara sauce
Today’s Healthy Snack Giveaway is brought to you by….
Today’s Giveaway is inspired by Veggie Patch’s Ultimate Sneak-Away Contest! Veggie Patch has been nice enough to donate a coupon for Two Free Veggie Patch product vouchers to the winner of the Eat.Live.Blog comment contest! All you have to do to enter is comment telling me what your favorite snack that includes veggies is! It’s that easy! For an additional entry please follow @eatveggiepatch and @renh77 on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did so. For one more additional entry, please tweet “I want to win @eatveggiepatch from Eat.Live.Blog! http://wp.me/pVsto-fY Thanks @renh77! ” Please leave me a comment to let me know you did this as well.
Please make sure to comment by Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Midnight. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 on the next Healthy Snack Wednesday post.
Full Disclosure: Veggie Patch sponsored this giveaway by donating 2 free Veggie Patch vouchers to the winner. I did not receive anything free for posting this contest and have not tried Veggie Patch products.
And for an additional chance to win, make sure to enter on Good Cook Doris’s blog as well!
I’m loving this weekly series! Hmm favorite snack that includes veggies is tough as I really struggle to eat veggies, I’ll say dipping peppers or baby carrots in white bean dip!
Honestly, that is probably my favorite veggie snack! Have you tried the baby sweet peppers that come in packs with yellow, orange, red and green? They are soooo yummy!
My fave snack that includes veggies is artichoke dip w/ pita chips
My favorite snack that includes veggies: Zucchini Brownies! I just made them (and posted the recipe!), and they are so good! 🙂
Thanks Courtney! I am definitely going to check these out!!
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Someone once told me that frozen spinach has a lot more nutritional value than fresh spinach and I haven’t looked back since. These arancini look fabulous! I’m really big into celery with Laughing Cow spreadable wedges!
mmm spinach dip! i love dipping raw veggies into greek yogurt!
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Ants on a log. I’ve been rockin it since 1990. =)
I always love a mexican bean dip. You can dip just about anything in it.
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I love arancini, and I love the idea of baking it even more. I’m bookmarking this one!
Simple…veggies (carrots, bell peppers, green beans) dipped in hummus!
I’d love to try the veggie patch products!
I’m now following Veggie Patch! (already following you!)
Ooh, arancini are so tasty. My fave veggie snack is just simple veggies and hummus. Haha, I just saw someone already wrote that!
Ha! So funny 🙂 I love raw spinach, and I will use frozen spinach in various dishes, but I CANNOT eat cooked spinach. Makes me gag! These look like quite the tasty snack! Kudos to you for introducing spinach to the snack world!
My favorite veggie snack is always broccoli and cheese….yu-um!!
I like veggies dipped in hummus, but I also like hummus made with red peppers, jalepenos, or other vegetables blended in.
Great idea Kayla! I am thinking breaded and baked veggies in general would be pretty yummy!
My favorite veggie snack is carrots or red pepper dipped in spinach dip or hummus.
I have an awesome recipe for guacamole that uses peas in place of some of the avacado!! It is really fantastic!
I follow you and veggiepatch on twitter (corgipants)
Mmmm! Arancini are my favorites. I bet the spinach is a great addition! Looks great!
I love carrots with peanut butter!
My fave veggie snack is…
Do you REALIZE how hard that is to answer for a vegetarian! I mean, I LOVE veggies!
Tonight my favorite is leftover veggie lasagne, because it’s in the fridge, it’s easy, and it’s YUMMY!
p.s. I’ve had the Veggie Patch Spinach Bites & they are Tres Delish!
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Love this recipe! I also love a bowl of edamame with kosher salt. So simple and so addicting!
This looks amazingg 🙂
My fav vegg snack (I think this count) is inspired actually by a dish my school caf (Harvard) makes… quinoa salad served cold with dried cherries, edamame, cooked (translucent) chopped onions, and small chopped (cooked) red pepper… w/ a big of rice vinegar+ sugar…. soo yum!
I’ll take a veggie snack any way you can serve it! Bring it on….Love it! :p