Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Spinach Casserole

This recipe is a super simple side. I adore it and love it all the time but definitely on Thanksgiving.

The original recipe calls for two cups of cheese, two cans of cream of celery soup, and a half cup of melted butter. I have a tropical vacation coming up in less than a month and my ass doesn't need to be any fatter, so I made a lighter version. I'll present both.

Regular Version
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion
3 cups croutons
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, water squeezed out
2 eggs, beaten

Light version
Cream of soup substitute (one of the directions on the right is one can, so two of that, you can google this to come up with your own if you don't like this mix)
1/2 cup onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup shredded cheese (your choice, I used cheddar)
2.5 cups of croutons
2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, water squeezed out
1 egg, beaten

Directions
If you are using cream of soup substitute, follow directions. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit before adding to other ingredients. 

Mix everything together, put it in a greased 13x9 casserole dish, and cook in a pre-heated 375 oven for 40 minutes. You can halve this and make it in an 8x8 as well. 
Light version
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28 comments:

  1. This looks great! A much better alternative the creamed spinach. I bet is smells great when it's baking. Happy Tuesday!

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  2. i was just thinking what you wrote--this is perfect to add to thanksgiving dishes!

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  3. haha I love the haiku! "all is a reply" hahahaha

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  4. Looks delish! You guys come up with some pretty awsome recipes!

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  5. OMG! Thank you thank you THANK YOU for the "cream of whatever" soup substitute recipe! I skip over SO many meals because of their cream of whatevers. This is perfect!

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  6. This sounds so good!!! I actually think I prefer the lighter version too - thanks for sharing!!

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  7. I love spinach, this sounds great. I don't eat much on thanksgiving but I do look forward to broccoli pie. Yes I'm weird. It's really just broccoli, velvetta and ritz crackers but so good.

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  8. Ever since Rich's family introduced me to this delectable dish over 20 years ago, it is a must for the holidays.
    I sometimes add extra spinach to make it healthier. Very nice light version.
    Turkey,Thanksgiving
    Gobble til you Wobble
    Of course I will

    Love, Your MOMMA

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  9. i make a lot of breads and i always sub applesauce in for butter.

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  10. Nice!! I've never ran across a spinach casserole but just my style and I like that you were able to cut out some calories here and there. I'm going to have to try this. :-)

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  11. I'm hoing to a friendsgiving party this weekend and might need to make this!! yum!

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  12. I like the cream of soup substitute not only because it has less fat but because it also has less salt. I hate low-salt things in the grocery store too because they always taste funny. Thanks! This will work great for my green bean casserole.

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  13. I love spinach and this is a great version. Will definitely be adding to my collection. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Haha, "I am going on a tropical vacation soon and...", amen! How do you think I feel living in Florida?! :)

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  15. I would enjoy this but the spinach would probably freak everyone else in the house out. I'd just make it and eat it myself.

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  16. All is a reply! True story! My mom makes the best mashed potatoes ever. And because she likes to keep her northern traditions alive, she always throws in lasagna or stuff shells in addition to the normal foods to make us feel more at home. Chris's mom makes pineapple casserole and I could literally eat nothing else but that and be satisfied!

    This looks delicious. I wonder if I leave the work spinach out of it....if I could trick Chris in to eating it.....hmmm......

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  17. This is bad but I just want to make the fattening version. Lord knows my ass doesn't need it either but it sounds too good. I could lighten up my sweet potato side dish by not adding on brown sugar, butter and marshmallows. It's just so yummy with the bad stuff though. Booo

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  18. I love spinach. I love substitutes for "cream of" soups. I love cheese.

    I think I will eat this. Lots and lots of this.

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  19. Yumm!!! Love spinach especially with cheese or some sort of dairy!
    XO sarita it's my girls' world

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  20. YYYUUUUMMMM. I always loved green bean casserole but spinach casserole may overtake it.

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  21. Yum! Anything spinach is always calling my name, and I love that there are options to lighten it up!

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  22. We had something similar this weekend on our girls trip and it was DELICIOUS! I'm gonna have to try this version, too!

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  23. YUM! Love dishes that incorporate spinach, and I'm sure the croutons make it even better :)

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  24. this looks so yummy! i already told my mother in law what i was bringing and she'd chuck a fit if i changed my mind now.. might have to make it for myself ;)

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  25. Yummy!!!! I was laughing my ass off at the Popeye tweet today!

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  26. I got this recipe from you eons ago, and make it all the time. The croutons are the kicker. Love it!

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  27. I need to make this for Tony, completely up his alley! I hate being allergic to so many things, really annoying!

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