What’s a spinach casserole recipe for people with diabetes?

This spinach dish makes a great side dish or entrée, and with only a sprinkling of bread crumbs, it's low in carbs for people with diabetes. But it has just the right amount of cheese for a golden crust.

Click below to watch chef Michel Nischan whip up this dish.

Cheesy Spinach Bake


3 cups frozen chopped spinach
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 cup whole milk
3 eggs, beaten
2 raw egg yolks, beaten
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 tsp bread crumbs, plain, grated, dry
2 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
grapeseed oil cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Coat 2-quart baking dish with grapeseed cooking spray.
3. Clean and dry spinach thoroughly. Chop spinach.
4. In medium saucepan, combine cream and milk. Heat until nearly simmering.
5. In medium bowl, combine beaten eggs and yolks. Slowly add hot milk and cream mixture to beaten eggs, whisking constantly until well blended.
6. Slowly add melted butter, whisking constantly.
7. Add 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
8. In separate bowl, mix remaining cheese with bread crumbs and set aside.
9. Fold spinach into dairy and cheese mixture until well combined.
10. Transfer spinach mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumb and cheese mixture evenly over top of casserole.
11. Bake 30 minutes. Sprinkle parsley on top before serving, if desired.

Makes 8 servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 211.6
Total Carbs 5.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Sugars 1.1 g
Total Fat 15.5 g
Saturated Fat 8.9 g
Unsaturated Fat 6.6 g
Potassium 65.6 mg
Protein 9.9 g
Sodium 275.4 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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