Healthy Filling Meals: Spinach with Ricotta

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Healthy Filling Meals: Spinach with Ricotta

Somebody asked me recently an easy and light recipe with spinach. Here it is the one recipe I cook all the time, which can’t be easier, quicker, lighter, yummiest and weight loss management friendly.

My whole family loves it and I have started cooking it mixing Kale too, because my daughter doesn’t like Kale so much so I am looking for some ways to make her eat it. Kale is trendy now right?! So let’s have Kale! It worked and the result was excellent!

You might wonder how can the dish be light or even help you to lose weight if it contains cheese! Well, cheese is a source of protein and fat, yes, FAT! 

Together with the spinach, it will make you feel satiated and full, meaning you won't be hungry until your snack time 3-4 hours later. Not only that but the recipe is low in carbs, therefore it will help you to maintain glucose levels steady so you don't have those insulin peaks that mess up with your weight loss management efforts. And remember, not all fats are created equal. In fact good fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts and dairy can help you lose weight if you learn how and when to have them. Just avoid all trans fats in most manufactured foods please!  

If you add an egg, you’ll have enough as a lunch or dinner, and it is still very low in carbs which is what you need at night right? (Psee… you don’t want to eat too many carbs at night because they interfere with the weight loss management friendly hormones that work in your favor at night to keep your weight under control… but that’s a secret right? More in other posts to come).

Here we go!

Spinach with Ricotta

1 tray of fresh baby spinach (1 pound or ½ Kg). Organic if possible. Add some kale if you wish to.

• 1/2 container of reduced fat fresh ricotta (1 pound or ½ Kg). Organic if possible.

• Grated cheese (4 cheese blend). Reduced fat if possible.

 

Cook the spinach with a little bit of salted water for 2-3 minutes until tender.

Drain the water from the spinach.

Mix the spinach and the ricotta in an oven resistant tray.

Cover with the grated cheese

Broil it in the over until the cheese is melted and crunchy

Enjoy it!

Healthy filling meals series was created to give you ideas of healthy meals that are easy and fast to prepare, and that taste great and are weight management friendly. The term filling comes from the fact that all the recipes contain the right combination of fat, carbs and protein, so you feel fulfilled with a healthy meal until your next one, avoiding cravings or being super hungry before it’s time for next meal. When trying to lose weight, not eating is not a good choice. You have to eat to lose weight, but the right food!  

Over to You!

Are you planning to give it a try? 

Please let me know what you think!

About the Author

Arantxa Mateo

Arantxa is a trained biologist, nutrition specialist and weight management coach. Born in Spain, she spent 5 years in Australia before moving to the US. Her motto is "Food is a pleasure. Nobody deserves to be on a diet."

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