What is a simple Greek spinach pie recipe for people with diabetes?

Traditional Greek spinach pie, or spanakopita, looks difficult to put together -- but this recipe makes it easy to wow guests with crispy, tasty spinach triangles. Bonus: Spinach is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, making it an ideal ingredient for people with diabetes.

Greek Phyllo Triangles


3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1 tsp salt
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1/2  cup cottage cheese
1 egg, beaten
16 oz phyllo pastry dough sheet
1 cup unsalted butter, melted


1. In saucepan over medium, heat olive oil and slowly cook onion, stirring often, until tender; about 5 minutes.
2. Add spinach, salt, feta cheese, cottage cheese, and egg.
3. Stir and cook until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer.
4. Preheat oven to 400°F.
5. Unroll phyllo sheets one at a time on a flat surface. Brush each with melted butter. Cut into strips approximately 5 inches wide.
6. Place 1 tablespoon onion, spinach, and feta mixture at one end of each dough strip.
7. Fold end of strip over filling to form a triangle. Continue folding in triangles to form small, triangular stuffed pastry.
8. Brush with unsalted butter. Repeat steps 5 through 7 with remaining phyllo dough.
9. On large baking sheet, arrange stuffed triangles, bake 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.

Additional Information
If using frozen phyllo dough, thaw at room temperature 2 hours prior to use.

Makes 8 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 328
Total Carbs 9.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1.9 g
Total Fat 29.7 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Unsaturated Fat 13.7 g
Potassium 43.5 mg
Protein 4.9 g
Sodium 514.9 mg

Continue Learning about Diabetes


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is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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