November 15, 2022
What’s Inside: A quick and creamy veggie side dish that even cheese lovers will agree is amazing, made with frozen spinach and my cauliflower cheese sauce. This simple dairy-free creamed spinach is fast, easy to make or prep ahead, and is Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, and AIP-friendly.
This plant-based side dish is not only incredibly tasty, it’s also Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, and AIP-friendly.
I know…you are wondering how on earth anything can taste so good AND satisfy this criteria. Well it’s actually so much simpler than you would think! The creamy ‘cheesy’ sauce is made from cauliflower and coconut cream!
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That being said, this dairy-free creamed spinach recipe can be made in half an hour and is soo yummy! Even cheese lovers will love the ‘cheesy’ taste and your body will thank you for pumping it full of feel good vitamins and nutrients.
Let’s talk about Spinach! There’s a reason Popeye the Sailor Man was so strong and healthy because he was forever downing cans of spinach! While I don’t recommend the Popeye diet, there are truths to this story. I’m here today to tell you all the WONDERFUL things about spinach and why it is so good for your body, gut, and general well-being!
Inside spinach is 3 main elements that help regulate our body—calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Calcium as we all know helps build healthy bones and strong teeth. Spinach also contains vitamin k which actually helps allow your bones to absorb the calcium!! This means your body can store all the goodness and strength inside your bones!
Magnesium is said to increase your metabolism, regulate your heart, maintain your blood pressure, and even help toward living a stress-free life. Spinach also has a high content of potassium which makes a fabulous combination for preventing high blood pressure.
Iron is what your body needs to burn body energy effectively. It boosts energy in the human body and also helps carry oxygen all over your body, which is particularly important for women who are menstruating!
Spinach leaves are also packed with fiber which aids your body in good digestion, helps to regulate low blood sugar, and also prevents constipation. It’s also full of vitamins to boost your immunity and keep you energized throughout the day.
The vitamins hidden inside each leaf also help your skin glow from the inside, help prevent acne and even have natural anti-aging properties! Bonus.
Making this dairy-free creamed spinach couldn’t be easier! All you need is some spinach and a few pantry staples and your own your way to creamy spinach town.
First off, you’ll need to make my dairy-free cheese sauce, made with cauliflower and coconut cream. It’s super creamy and you won’t believe there’s no cheese inside it! You can even batch-cook this sauce in advance and refrigerate or freeze it which will speed up the cooking time significantly!
Once you have my heavenly pretend-cheese sauce, it’s really just a case of quickly sautéeing all the other ingredients before mixing it all together for the quickest most delicious, dairy-free creamed spinach ever!
If you haven’t eaten this all in one go, no problem! Pop any leftovers into an airtight container and you can refrigerate for up to 3 days, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months!
Firstly, if frozen, make sure the creamed spinach is completely defrosted. Then pop it into a pan or skillet on the stove top, and heat it on low until it’s completely warmed throughout but not boiling.
Yes – absolutely! Bacteria can grow rapidly between 40 °F and 140 °F, even an unopened bag of washed spinach shouldn’t be left out of the fridge for more than 2 hours as it can start to breed germs. I like to keep my spinach in a separate container, upright in the fridge.
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This worked out great! I’ve been getting sick of simple bowls of wilted spinach. Easy prep… only made a half portion to see if I would like it and it was delicious. Used the AIP instructions and, instead of the nutmeg, used a pinch of mace.
Hits a craving I didn’t really know I had.