Well, the holiday season is upon us, right?  Food, more food, sweets, drinks, sweets and more drinks.   Some days I just feel contaminated.  But what do you do?

At Thanksgiving, my mom made a Heath Bar cake that I vowed not to eat.  It was a chocolate cake with caramel sauce and sweetened condensed milk poured over it. As if that wasn’t bad enough, when you serve it, you top it with whipped cream and Heath bars.  I vowed not to eat a bite. I can’t think of many things that are less healthy than that cake.  But……low and behold, when we started cleaning up, this girl took a little square right out of the pan.

AND, it was all over.  A piece or two later, I left fat and happy.

In a season where it seems everything is too indulgent, I thought it might be fitting to share my favorite healthy recipe of all time, Spinach Balls.

Seriously, this is my  F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E.  I hesitate to give the recipe out because I make it so often!  But alas…..this is my gift to you.

This recipe was first given to me by my sweet grandmother, Lois Jennings.  Her original recipe had more cheese, more butter, and more bread crumbs.  Needless to say, I have changed it up a bit.  Even after making this healthier, everyone loves them!  Kids, adults, everyone.

These are great for holiday appetizers, a side for an every day meal, or as snacks.  It is a serious challenge to find healthy snacks for kids.  It is also a serious challenge to get them to eat enough vegetables. (Amen?)   This is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.

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Try them, try them!  You might like them!

Spinach Balls

20 ounces of frozen chopped spinach (the little boxes are 10 ounces)

3 eggs

1/8 cup melted butter

½ onion, finely chopped

½ cup parmesan cheese

½ cup bread crumbs

½ cup chopped cashews

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

Take spinach out of the boxes and place in a large bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes so that it is no longer frozen. There will be some excess liquid. Squeeze or drain a little of it out. You don’t need to stress about this but if you can get a little out, it will help them stick together better. With some brands of spinach, you can actually just squeeze it out with your hands. With other brands you might have to put it into a strainer.

Finely chop the onion.  For those that are new to cooking, notice that you will want to use a larger knife made for chopping like the one shown in the picture, not the steak knife.  If you don’t have one of these, this might be a good thing to ask for for Christmas.

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Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

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Mixture should be moist. Get spoonful of the mixture to make a ball  slightly larger than the size of a small bouncy ball, about an inch or inch and a half in diameter.  Roll it into a ball and place on a cookie sheet. Once the cookie sheet is full, cook for approximately 20 minutes. They should be slightly browned and firm.

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