Spinach Nuggets

If you have a person in your life who cannot seem to wean themselves from chicken nuggets, then I suggest you try this delicious and healthy recipe!

Ingredients

1/4 cup almonds
2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
1 1/2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs, divided
2 eggs
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar, but any kind will be fine)

Directions

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

2.  Put the almonds in a food processor and process until they are a fine crumb (you could probably use almond meal instead if you prefer).

3.  Add the spinach and pulse until the spinach is finely chopped and you have a green crumb-like mixture.  Set aside.  (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do the chopping by hand.  Just chop everything very finely.

4.  Whisk the two eggs in a medium bowl.  Add the spinach-almond mixture, 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs, flaxseed, basil, oregano, and cheese and mix well.

5.  Place the remaining cup of breadcrumbs in a small bowl.  Using your hands, form a small portion of the spinach mixture into a ball and roll it in the breadcrumbs until it is fully covered.  Press it into a flat nugget shape and place it on the baking sheet.  Repeat until you use all of the mixture.

6.  Bake in the preheated oven 18-25 minutes*, turning the nuggets over half way through the baking time (optional.  I forgot the second batch I made and they were fine…)

7.  Allow to cool and serve.  Enjoy!

*The original recipe said 25 minutes.  The first time I made these again I cooked them for 25 minutes and they seemed slightly overcooked.  The second time I made them I cooked them for 18 minutes and they were perfect.  Ovens vary, so start checking them at 18 minutes.

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