A Healthy Alternative to Spinach Madeleine

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The following post is written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness.

With the holidays here and so much to get done, your family’s nutrition may be at the back of your mind. But a few simple tricks can turn holiday staples into healthy meals.

With every holiday season comes our favorite treats, casseroles and cocktails.  One holiday tradition many of us have in common is the unwanted but accepted weight gain.  Accepted because we have a New Year around the corner and losing the extra pounds will be part of our New Year’s Resolution.

A favorite holiday treat to many is spinach madeleine, but the cheese and butter added to the spinach gives the side 280 calories and 23 grams of fat per each 2/3 cup serving. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative, check out our recipe for Braised Prosciutto Greens below.

Braised Prosciutto Greens

Modified Alternative to the Original Spinach Madeline Recipe submitted by Donna Bodin

Serves 8, 1/3cup serving size


3 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced crosswise
1 small red onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 large tomato, diced (about 2 cups)
¼ tsp sea salt
8 cups roughly chopped kale leaves (about 1 pound, ribs removed)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cook the prosciutto in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp and browned, about 6 minutes.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add the onion, garlic, tomato, and season with salt. If the pan gets too dry, add 1-2 tbsp of water to help degrease the bottom of the pan.  Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the kale and broth, cover, cook until wilted, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the vinegar and season with salt.

Calories 35
Total Fat 0.5g
Total Carbohydrates 1.6g
Total Protein 1g

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