I love comfort food. Unfortunately, a lot of my favorites can be pretty unhealthy. I found this recipe and decided to give it a try because it seemed similar to one of my all-time favorite meals, stuffed shells. The dumplings are essentially stuffed shells without the shell! I can get all the warm and cheesy goodness of stuffed shells without extra calories, and the addition of spinach gets me some vitamins and minerals.
- 10 oz. package of frozen spinach
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 1½ cup marinara sauce of your choice
- Cook spinach in the microwave as the package instructs. Cool it for a little, and then squeeze it with paper towel until it is very dry.
- Combine all the ingredients listed, except for the marinara sauce, in a medium bowl and stir gently until well blended.
- Drop ricotta mixture by spoonful onto nonstick baking sheet (should make about 36 dumplings). Sprinkle dumplings with some flour and shape into balls.
- Place the marinara sauce in a skillet and keep it warm.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and then reduce it to medium-low heat. Add about 6 dumplings to the water and cook for 6 minutes (don’t boil them or they will start to fall apart). Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and place in the marinara to stay warm while the rest of the dumplings are being cooked.
Nutrition Information: Serves 6, Serving size: 6 dumplings with about ¼ cup marinara
Calories: Approximately 250 (11g fat/5.8g saturated, 16g protein, 18g carb, 2g fiber)