Spinach Dumplings

I miss eating pasta and any Italian food sometimes. I do not really eat it because it is high in carbs, fat, and it causes my sugar levels to be high. It takes a while for the levels to come back down to normal. I decided to stop eating pasta and anything made with white ingredients a while ago and have been able to keep my sugars under control. I was in the mood for Italian food so I made the dumplings instead of using pasta. The dumplings came from watching the cooking channel show Ask Aida the other day. I substituted Arugula for spinach. I love this idea, and was pleasantly surprised. Next time, I will try using more natural and healthier approach to the dumplings. This recipe is a great substitution for pasta, still a little high in fat content but was very good. Enjoy!

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Spinach Dumplings with Marinara Sauce, created 01/07/11

1 box of chopped spinach thawed and excess water squeezed out
½ cup of skim milk ricotta cheese
2 eggs
½ cup of Japanese Bread Crumbs
¼ cup skim milk
1/2 cup flour
¾ cups freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1 to 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 cup of freshly grated Mozzarella cheese for sprinkling on top of the dish

For Marinara Sauce: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat and add 2 gloves of fresh chopped garlic. Add one 16 oz can of your favorite tomato sauce, I happen to like Muir Glenn tomatoes so I use that brand. Add one to two teaspoons of basil fresh or dried, either one. Optional add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 15 minutes. The sauce will thicken up. Add caramelized onions if you wish. Adjust your seasonings as needed. Set cooked marinara sauce aside.

For Dumplings: Bring a medium stockpot of water to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Add salt. In a bowl add the eggs and milk together, beat well. Add the breadcrumbs to the milk/egg mixture and let the breadcrumbs soak up all the liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.

Shape the dumplings into small balls using a tablespoon to measure out the dumplings. Drop 10 dumplings at a time into the hot simmering water and let them cook for about 5 minutes until the dumplings rise to the top. Spoon the dumplings out with a skimmer and put in a colander to drain the excess water.

Cook the rest of the dumplings you should have about 20 to 25 depends on how big the dumplings are. After all the dumplings are finished cooking, lay them single file in a stone or baking dish.

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Spoon the marinara sauce over on top of the dumplings, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and a little bit of Parmesan cheese.

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Put in the oven set on broiler for about 5 to 7 minutes until all the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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5 Responses

  1. […] I miss eating pasta and any Italian food sometimes. I do not really eat it because it is high in carbs, fat, and it causes my sugar levels to be high. It takes a while for the levels to come back down to normal. I decided to stop eating pasta and anything made with white ingredients a while ago and have been able to keep my sugars under control. I was in the mood for Italian food so I made the dumplings instead of using pasta. The dumplings came … Read More […]

    • Thank you! Keep watching!
      Pam

      • this sounds delish! but what do we do about the carbs in the japanese bread crumbs?

      • There is only approximately 11 carbs in a 1/2 cup of Japanese Bread crumbs. Splitting up the 11 carbs per 5 or 6 dumplings is minimal. I think for me this worked out fine as I try to limit my carb intake to 30 grams of carbs per meal at the most 40. If you do not want the carbs at all, I think you can eliminate the breadcrumbs but may have to adjust the rest of the ingredients so the dumplings stay together and do not fall apart while being cooked in simmering boiling water. As you can see I plan to adjust the dish later on to be more healthier for me, but I was excited to post as I really enjoyed my dinner last night.

        Thanks for watching and reading
        Pam

  2. I love to see ur picture and recipe foods.
    I let u know that my keyboard is not working fast to typing. ok

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