This recipe, as are most I have, was given to me by my mother, and is really simple and very tasty as a creamy citrus addition to fish or chicken.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the water to a boil in a skillet over medium heat. Add spinach all at once, and reduce heat slightly. Cover, and let cook for about 3 minutes, or until spinach is not quite tender.

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  • Stir in the cream cheese and lemon juice, and season with salt. Cook, stirring, until the cream cheese is melted and well blended. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

88.4 calories; 4 g protein; 4.2 g carbohydrates; 21.3 mg cholesterol; 317.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2004
Delicious! I didn't have cream cheese so I substituted 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and added 1/2 tsp. minced garlic. It was delicious alongside baked cod. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/19/2010
Reviews were mixed in the family. Way too much lemon 1 tsp should be plenty. Definitely needed more salt but left that up to everyone else to add to their preference. 1 BUNCH is not a good quantity description and you really need more than that as fresh spinach cooks down tremendously. It would be better to make the sauce on the side and allow everyone to add how much they want on to their individual portions. WIth those changes it would work better. It still lacked flavor for the majority of us. I like the concept but it needs tweaking. Will not make again as the recipe is. Read More
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67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2004
Delicious! I didn't have cream cheese so I substituted 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and added 1/2 tsp. minced garlic. It was delicious alongside baked cod. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2004
Delicious! I didn't have cream cheese so I substituted 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and added 1/2 tsp. minced garlic. It was delicious alongside baked cod. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2007
This really couldn't have been any easier to make and a great way to use up lots of extra fresh spinach since it cooks down a lot. I added some garlic and it really wasn't necessary at all. The lemon juice made it taste really bright and clean and reduced fat cream cheese made it taste indulgent. I served it with brown rice and grilled chicken. I had enough extra sauce that it tasted great over the rice. This isn't a really pretty side dish but a completely delicious one to accompany a super quick mid-week meal. From pulling ingredients out of the refrigerator to sitting down to eat this was done in under 15 minutes including grilling the chicken. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/19/2010
Reviews were mixed in the family. Way too much lemon 1 tsp should be plenty. Definitely needed more salt but left that up to everyone else to add to their preference. 1 BUNCH is not a good quantity description and you really need more than that as fresh spinach cooks down tremendously. It would be better to make the sauce on the side and allow everyone to add how much they want on to their individual portions. WIth those changes it would work better. It still lacked flavor for the majority of us. I like the concept but it needs tweaking. Will not make again as the recipe is. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
I was looking for a quick side dish recipe that would use up a box of frozen spinach & this was it! I defrosted the spinach with 1/4 c. water in a small saucepan then proceeded as directed. I did reduce the lemon juice slightly as suggested by previous reviewer though not by half - maybe halfway between 1/8 and 1/4 cup. Also added about 1/2 tsp. white pepper and a tiny pinch of nutmeg - just enough to cut the tang a bit. The dish was still very lemony & my husband LOVED it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2009
I had a 10 oz bag of spinach on hand and was looking for a new recipe so I thought I'd give this a try. As written it is very good but the next time I tried adding one clove of pressed garlic with the water and used garlic salt instead of the the plain salt. With the addition of the garlic I would definitely rate this as a "5 Star" recipe. Also I have to double this recipe when I make it because we can't get enough...even my picky 12-year old loves it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2010
i didnt have any fresh spinach so I used frozen (good but will defiently use fresh next time) added 1 tsp of garlic and cut the lemon juice and cream cheese in half (though I would like to play with thoes measurements a little more) over all great recipe even my picky eater was happy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
Loved it and so quick and easy. Made it twice this week. Love the taste of lemon in it. Thanks submitter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2010
This is a yummy addition to any dinner. Quick and easy to prepare. This is a new family favorite in my house. Does not present well but once you taste it you are hooked. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
I used both fresh and frozen spinach with this recipe because I felt that I did not have enough fresh spinach after steaming it. This is VERY citrisy. If that is what you are looking for try this recipe. Next time I will cut the lemon juice in half though. Read More
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