This week I thought I would share with you one of my favourite recipes, which was a random home-made creation one night when I looked in the fridge & freezer to find I literally had two ingredients - frozen spinach and half a block of goat's milk feta. Given my recent trip to Greece where feta is added to most meals, I knew I could throw together something tasty...
If you’re looking for something warm & comforting as a quick alternative to eggs on the weekend, or an easy mid-week meal, then you’ll have to give this one a go! Baked feta & spinach smothered on crusty bread or oat cakes gives you a nutritious and protein-rich meal to keep you fuller for longer & ward off sugar cravings that so often hit this time of year. This will serve 2-4 people, depending how hungry you are!
300g of chopped spinach
150g of goat's milk feta cheese
Optional – handful or two of sliced rocket leaves or sliced kale leaves
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Break up the feta into small pieces using your hands & mix it with the spinach in a bowl
Add the nutmeg and any of the optional ingredients if you have them on hand; if not, don’t worry
Pop the spinach mixture in a small oven safe casserole dish and bake it for 12-15 minutes
Slather the feta & spinach mix on crusty bread, toast or oat cakes. You could also use rice cakes for a gluten-free option
A Little Bit of Education for You:
Goat's milk feta still has the creaminess of cow's milk feta, contains a good source of calcium, and contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which has numerous health benefits, including:
Improving your sleep
Regulating your appetite
Regulating your mood
It's a precursor to serotonin; a ‘feel good’ hormone that can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms
Also, those who can't tolerate cow’s milk can often more easily digest goat’s milk products… So eat up and enjoy!
Olivia McFadyen, based in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore, is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath. Whilst Olivia is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, she is also a realist and understands the demands of modern day life, offering nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathic consultations and support without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring. She is passionate about supporting patients to reach their lifestyle goals, optimise their health & develop a healthy yet balanced way of life through naturopathy and homoeopathy. She services her clients by offering 4 and 12 week natural health programs from her clinic in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore.