cookin’ with a crock pot : spinach spoon bread!

one of many amazing wedding gifts that luke and i received was a crock pot && a book to go with it!

i was pretty excited about it, because.. well.. i’m LAZY when it comes to cooking… so i figured a crock pot was PERFECT. just toss it all in, leave it, scoop it out later! after flipping through a few pages i found a recipe with 0 bizarre ingredients, didn’t take five hours && sounded delicious.. spinach spoon bread!

what you’ll need:

  • 1 package (10 onces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed && squeeze dried.
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (i used low fat)
  • 1 package (51/2 ounces) cornbread mix (i used a honey flavor-yum!)
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons seasoned salt. (i used a nice couple hundred shakes of tony chachere’s!)
yes i shop at kroger. get over it.
cheap groceries = more traveling!
if you are like me, you might have the thought, “HOW THE FRENCH TOAST DO YOU THAW & SQUEEZE DRY FROZEN SPINACH?!”  …this is what i did…
 run it under hot water & then blot up the excess water with a paper towel.
…you know.. the same way you do excess pizza grease!
  • coat crock-pot with nonstick cooking spray, preheat on high. (i used light olive oil)
  • combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix well. 
  • pour batter into pre-heated crock-pot. cook, covered with lid slightly ajar to allow excess moisture to escape, on low 3-4 hours OR on high 1 3/4 – 2 hours, or until edges are golden and knife inserted in center of bread comes out clean. (for those of you at altitude, i cooked it on high for 1 hr & 50 mins)
golden edges, y’all.
  • loosen edges and bottom with knife & invert onto plate. cut into wedges to serve. or serve bread spooned. 
boom.
pretty easy, right?!
luke && i are already kind of addicted to it. i won’t be surprised if we make this every two weeks or so.
what?? no, i’m not eating a second piece!
this week i’ve actually eaten it for lunch, TWICE! i cut a piece, place it on top of some field greens, sprinkle on some feta, drizzle a little wasabi dijon dressing…
uh-maze-zing.
 if you end up making this let me know how it turns out! ps: excuse the spacing issues. wordpress is being a total piece.