Inspiration for my recipes comes in very different ways. The other week I was buying my grocery at Trader Joe’s and I stopped in front of the frozen area and I saw the frozen “kale and spinach bites”. As I always do when a new food appeals to me at the grocery store, I read the ingredients list and the nutritional value chart 🙂 I have to admit that the ingredients used were all good and on the healthy side and the amount of sodium was not crazy high. Still, I like to prepare everything from scratch for my family so that I can control 100% the ingredients and the level of salt/sugar used.
That’s how I ended up recreating a homemade version of their “kale and spinach bites”. The result was impressive. The kids loved them, and that’s why I decided to share with you the recipe 🙂
I love them because they’re baked not fried, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K, plus I’m giving my family a healthy appetizer.
This is a perfect recipe to freeze. Simply prepare the balls and freeze them before baking. When needed, just place them on a baking sheet, drizzle some Extra Virgin Oil of Olive on top and bake. Ready in 15 minutes!!!
- 10 oz. kale 300gr.
- 10 oz. spinach 300gr.
- 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Oil of Olive
- 2 small shallots
- 1 clove garlic
- 3/4 Cup breadcrumbs 100gr
- 1 Cup breadcrumbs for coating
- 3/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese 100gr
- 1 egg
In a medium size pan add the Olive Oil and turn the heat on at medium.
Let the oil warm up for 1 minute and add the minced shallots and the minced garlic. Stir and cook for 2/3 minutes up until they will reach a nice golden color.
Add the spinach and the kale. Stir and let it sauté for 4 minutes.
In a food processor add the spinach and kale mix altogether with one egg, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs and the grated parmesan cheese. Mix for 2 minutes to obtain a smooth consistency.
With the help of two spoons (I used plastic ones, the mix sticks less) create small round balls.
Coat them in the breadcrumbs and place them one next to the other on a parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Drizzle some Extra Virgin Oil of Olive on top and bake in the preheated oven at 400F/200C for 15 minutes. Enjoy!