Posts Tagged ‘breadcrumbs’

Spinach Balls

Posted: 12th August 2013 by doomthings in Snack, The Foodening
Tags: , , ,

What do you do when you have way too much Costco-sized spinach bag leftovers?  Find ways to use as much spinach as possible!  After a week or so of spinach quesadillas and salads and sandwiches, it was time for something else.  Enter, spinach balls!  What made it better was using onions from my mom’s garden.  Excellent!

Spinach Balls | doomthings


  • 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine everything!
  2. Shape into balls (a cookie scoop works well) and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

 Add some fancied up toothpicks and you’ve got some regular party snacks!

We don’t eat meat every night for dinner.  When we do, my husband usually throws together chicken or pork dishes that are always different and somewhat unique.  I found this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest and really wanted to try this “cooking” thing myself.  If you’ve read through Foodage, you can tell I prefer baking experiments.

Partly what intrigued me about this dish is it’s obvious use of cereal.  Oh yeah, if I could eat one thing all the time, it would be cereal.  I love cereal.  My husband can back me up on this.  Ironically, the use of cereal scared and confused me, so I ended up using breadcrumbs the first time.

Ingredients (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens):

  • 4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (12 ounces total)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash ground red pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 cup corn flakes (1/3 cup crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes


  1. Spray a shallow baking pan with nonstick spray and place chicken breasts in the pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine honey, orange juice, ginger, black pepper, and red pepper (if desired).
  3. Brush honey mixture over chicken.
  4. Combine cornflakes and parsley flakes and sprinkle mixture over chicken to coat.
  5. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (170 degrees F).

This was such an easy recipe and it turned out moist and flavorful.  The first time I made this, I used breadcrumbs and while it turned out just fine, I can definitely see why corn flakes would work really well.  The second time (this post), I used Special K (because that’s what we had in the house) and it was delicious!  The sweetness of the cereal was delicious with the honey in the glaze.  More ways to use cereal?  Always a plus.  + 10 creativity.

[my pictures will be posted when I make this recipe again.]