Apple Cobbler

I love all four seasons, but fall is my favorite. I love the crisp, cool air, colorful leaves, football games, cozy sweaters, all things pumpkin and apple. This Apple Cobbler recipe is a MUST make for every fall season. It is made with fresh apples, fa…

I love all four seasons, but fall is my favorite. I love the crisp, cool air, colorful leaves, football games, cozy sweaters, all things pumpkin and apple. This Apple Cobbler recipe is a MUST make for every fall season. It is made with fresh apples, fall spices, and a brown butter-cake like topping that is…

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars

One of my super powers is turning zucchini into delicious desserts. If you’ve tried my chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini brownies, or zucchini cookies, you know it’s true. I have a gift for making the green vegetable taste super decadent an…

One of my super powers is turning zucchini into delicious desserts. If you’ve tried my chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini brownies, or zucchini cookies, you know it’s true. I have a gift for making the green vegetable taste super decadent and super delicious. These Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars are my latest and maybe greatest zucchini dessert.…

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

It’s no secret that I love zucchini bread. I have made a million loaves and several different varieties: classic, chocolate, lemon, chocolate chip, etc. Well, I am back at it and this time I have a delicious Healthy Zucchini Bread recipe for you….

It’s no secret that I love zucchini bread. I have made a million loaves and several different varieties: classic, chocolate, lemon, chocolate chip, etc. Well, I am back at it and this time I have a delicious Healthy Zucchini Bread recipe for you. Don’t let the word healthy scare you. I promise you will get…

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Golden Milk Overnight Oats

If you love golden milk — the traditional Indian, Ayurveda-inspired beverage — you’ll love these overnight oats!
Rolled oats and chia seeds are infused with golden milk spices like turmeric and ginger and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. The …

Golden Milk Overnight Oats

If you love golden milk — the traditional Indian, Ayurveda-inspired beverage — you’ll love these overnight oats!

Rolled oats and chia seeds are infused with golden milk spices like turmeric and ginger and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. The perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack with just 7 ingredients & 1 jar (or bowl) required. Let us show you how it’s done!

What Are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are made by soaking rolled oats in liquid overnight.

Golden Milk Overnight Oats from Minimalist Baker →

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Say hello to perfect roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, nutmeg, and white beans. Buttery cashews help create the ultimate velvety texture while also keeping it dairy-free. Just 10 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!
How to…

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Say hello to perfect roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, nutmeg, and white beans. Buttery cashews help create the ultimate velvety texture while also keeping it dairy-free. Just 10 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Soup

This cauliflower soup starts with roasting the onions, garlic, and cauliflower to lightly caramelize them and add natural sweetness. Roasting the garlic also tames its bitterness and allows for adding more of its savory, immune-supportive goodness.

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Minimalist Baker →

Carrot Cake Muffins

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE these Carrot Cake Muffins. They taste just like carrot cake but are totally acceptable for breakfast because they are muffins. YES! The muffins are super moist thanks to t…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE these Carrot Cake Muffins. They taste just like carrot cake but are totally acceptable for breakfast because they are muffins. YES! The muffins are super moist thanks to the fresh carrots and perfectly spiced thanks to the cinnamon, ginger,…

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Golden Milk Granola

We have a serious thing for golden milk — the traditional Indian beverage that has its roots in Ayurveda and is most traditionally known as haldi ka doodh. In its simplest form, it’s a combination of warmed milk and ground turmeric, which may sound lik…

Golden Milk Granola

We have a serious thing for golden milk — the traditional Indian beverage that has its roots in Ayurveda and is most traditionally known as haldi ka doodh. In its simplest form, it’s a combination of warmed milk and ground turmeric, which may sound like an interesting combination, but once you try it, you just get it. It’s not only comforting but also incredibly anti-inflammatory and delicious. This granola is an homage to golden milk.

Golden Milk Granola from Minimalist Baker →

Spinach Pie

I absolutely love spinach pie. It’s rich, but not quite as heavy as a quiche, it has a deliciously flakey crust, and it works as a savory breakfast, brunch, or just anytime meal. It’s so good that I literally can’t wait to eat the leftovers, even though I know that puff pastry isn’t going to be […]

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I absolutely love spinach pie. It’s rich, but not quite as heavy as a quiche, it has a deliciously flakey crust, and it works as a savory breakfast, brunch, or just anytime meal. It’s so good that I literally can’t wait to eat the leftovers, even though I know that puff pastry isn’t going to be crispy anymore. It just tastes so good.

Originally published 9/2012, updated 3/1/2021.

Overhead view of a spinach pie in a glass pie dish on a wood countertop

What is Spinach Pie?

This spinach pie is inspired by spanakopita, which is a savory Greek pie made with phyllo dough, feta, and spinach (see an authentic spanakopita recipe here). To make my spinach pie a little easier, I used a couple of short cuts: frozen spinach and frozen puff pastry dough. And then to keep the price on the lower side, I replaced the feta with cottage cheese (totally not similar cheeses, but it works here). The result is fast, easy, and still oh so delicious!

Where to Find Puff Pastry

The puff pastry dough is an important part of this recipe. You can find frozen puff pastry dough near the frozen desserts and frozen pie crusts in most major grocery stores. I used this one from Pepperidge Farm, but if you want to try making your own, check out this recipe for homemade puff pastry from my friend, Christina, at Dessert for Two. 

Store-bought puff pastry usually comes in a box of two sheets, with each sheet folded into thirds. You only need one sheet, so save the second one for the next time you want to make spinach pie! You’ll also need to fully thaw the puff pastry before you begin, so make sure to take it out of the freezer at least an hour before you make your spinach pie.

What Else Can I Add to Spinach Pie?

This is another one of those recipes that can take a lot of fun add-ins. Try tossing in some chopped sun dried tomatoes, or maybe some cooked bacon. Or how about some feta cheese or roasted red peppers? A little bit of dill would also take the flavor up a notch!

Close up side view of spinach pie in the glass pie dish

Overhead view of spinach pie in the glass pie dish on a wooden surface

Spinach Pie

Puff pastry makes this rich and delicious spinach pie a breeze to prepare. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or brunch!
Total Cost $6.48 recipe / $0.81 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 slices
Calories 264.21kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry $2.40
  • 1 lb. frozen chopped spinach $1.99
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1 cup cottage cheese $0.40
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.44
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 3 large eggs, divided $0.63

Instructions

  • Make sure to take the puff pastry and spinach out ahead of time to thaw (spinach can be thawed quickly in the microwave, if needed, but do not thaw the puff pastry in the microwave). Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to a skillet and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent. Set the onions and garlic aside to cool slightly.
  • Add the cottage cheese, Parmesan, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and two of the eggs to a bowl, and stir to combine (save the third egg to brush on top of the pastry before baking).
  • Squeeze out as much water as possible from the thawed spinach. Add the squeezed spinach and sautéed onion and garlic to the bowl with the cheese mixture. Stir to combine again.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface (or dust lightly with flour) and roll the thawed puff pastry out until it's just slightly larger, about 10x10 inches.
  • Drape the rolled pastry dough out over a pie plate. Spread the spinach and cheese mixture inside the pastry dough, then take the corners and fold them in toward the center. The pastry will not fully cover the top, but that's okay (see step by step photos below).
  • Lightly whisk the remaining egg and brush it over the surface of the pastry dough. Bake the spinach pie for about 45 minutes, or until the pasty on top has puffed up significantly and turned golden brown.
  • Remove the spinach pie from the oven, let sit for about five minutes, then slice into eight pieces and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 264.21kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.71g | Protein: 10.51g | Fat: 16.94g | Sodium: 454.89mg | Fiber: 2.69g

Love Spinach? Try these other spinach-licious recipes:

One slice of spinach pie on a plate next to the pie dish

How to Make Spinach Pie – Step By Step Photos

Sauteed Onions and Garlic in a Skillet

Make sure to thaw one sheet of puff pastry and one pound of frozen chopped spinach before you begin. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Dice one yellow onion and mince one clove of garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to a skillet and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent. Set the onion and garlic aside to cool slightly.

Cheese, eggs, and seasoning in a bowl

Add 1 cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, 2 large eggs, ⅛ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper to a bowl. Stir to combine.

Thawed and squeezed frozen spinach

Squeeze out as much water from the thawed spinach as possible. This is really important because you don’t want your spinach pie to be soggy!

Spinach and onions added to the cheese mixture in the bowl

Add the spinach and sautéed onion and garlic to the bowl with the cheese mixture, then stir to combine again.

Mixed spinach pie filling

And now the spinach pie filling is complete! Let’s move on to the puff pastry.

Rolled puff pastry dough

You’re going to need the puff pastry to be a little larger than it is as it comes, so lay the pastry dough on a sheet of parchment paper or a lightly floured surface, then roll it out until it’s about 10×10 inches.

puff pastry over pie dish

Drape the pastry dough over a pie dish. There should be enough to drape over the sides (you’ll fold that over the top after it’s filled).

Spinach pie filling added to the pie plate

Add the spinach and cheese mixture to the pie plate and spread it out evenly.

egg being brushed onto puff pastry

Fold the corners in toward the center (it’s okay if they don’t fully cover the top. Lightly whisk the last egg, then brush it over the surface of the puff pastry.

Baked spinach pie

Bake the pie in the preheated 375ºF oven for 45 minutes, or until the pastry on top is puffed up and deeply golden brown. Let the pie sit for about five minutes before slicing into 8 pieces and serving.

One slice of spinach pie on a plate

It’s sooooo good!

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Easy Vegan Moussaka

This vegan moussaka recipe was a work in progress for weeks until we got the perfected method just right! Layers of roasted eggplant meld perfectly with a hearty tomato lentil filling, which is topped with a show-stopping roasted garlic cashew bechamel…

Easy Vegan Moussaka

This vegan moussaka recipe was a work in progress for weeks until we got the perfected method just right! Layers of roasted eggplant meld perfectly with a hearty tomato lentil filling, which is topped with a show-stopping roasted garlic cashew bechamel.

Flavor is abundant here despite the 10 simple ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

Origins of Moussaka

Moussaka is a popular dish in Greece and beyond.

Easy Vegan Moussaka from Minimalist Baker →

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

This tangy and garlicky Yogurt Marinated Chicken is full of warm spices and can be served several different ways. It’s my new go-to chicken marinade!

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Yogurt has become one of the most versatile ingredients in my kitchen. While it’s more common in the U.S. for yogurt to be served sweet, yogurt is just as useful and delicious in savory dishes, like this Yogurt Marinated Chicken. This delicious chicken is tangy, garlicky, full of warm spices, and can be served several different ways. It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to chicken marinades!

Sliced yogurt marinated chicken on a bed of spinach rice with tomatoes

Why Yogurt Makes a Great Marinade

Aside from giving the chicken a deliciously tangy flavor, yogurt contains a lot of lactic acid, which works to tenderize the chicken and help keep it moist while it cooks. You’ll find yogurt marinades used a lot in Middle Eastern recipes, like this recipe for Shish-Tawook from my friend, Yumna, at Feelgoodfoodie.net.

What Kind of Yogurt Should I Use?

Make sure you buy plain flavored yogurt, nothing sweetened or with flavors added. I suggest buying regular yogurt, not Greek-style, because Greek is very thick and dry and will not coat the chicken the same way. You can get around this by thinning out the yogurt with a little water, broth, or milk, but plain, regular yogurt works best. You’ll also want to make sure your yogurt has at least some fat, which is important for carrying the fat-soluble flavors in the marinade. Full-fat is best, but you can go down to 2% fat if needed.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes, this recipe is also awesome with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Because chicken thighs are already fairly thin and cook quickly, you will not need to slice the thighs into thinner pieces, as I do with the chicken breasts in the recipe below.

Can Yogurt Marinated Chicken be Grilled?

Yes! Yogurt marinated chicken is perfect for grilling! Just cook in the same manner as you would with chicken marinated in any other mixture. You’ll get wonderful browning on the meat when using a grill. You can also use an indoor, countertop style grill, like a George Foreman grill.

How to Serve Yogurt Marinated Chicken

I love, love, LOVE this chicken in so many different dishes. It’s great for adding to bowl meals (pictured above with spinach rice, tomatoes, and feta), you can stuff it into a pita, like a chicken schawarma sandwich, use it to top a fresh green salad, or even a pasta salad. Or, just serve it up with a couple of sides and make it your main dish! It would go great alongside a marinated white bean salad, or a super fresh cucumber salad and maybe some hummus.

Sliced yogurt marinated chicken on a cutting board next to two whole cooked chicken breasts
Sliced Yogurt Marinated chicken on a bed of spinach rice with tomatoes and feta

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

This tangy and garlicky Yogurt Marinated Chicken is full of warm spices and can be served several different ways!
Total Cost $7.29 recipe / $1.82 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 229.5kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt $0.34
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves $0.02
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs.)* $6.54
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04

Instructions

  • Combine the yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, cinnamon, oregano, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl.
  • Slice the chicken breasts into two thinner pieces so they cook quickly and evenly in the skillet. If slicing is too difficult, you can cover the chicken breasts with plastic and use a rolling pin or mallet to pound the chicken into an even thickness (1/2-3/4 inch thick), then slice the breast across into two smaller portions.
  • Place the chicken in a shallow dish or zip-top bag and pour the yogurt marinade over top. Make sure all sides of the chicken are coated in yogurt, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • When you're ready to cook, heat ½ Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet (preferably some sort of non-stick surface) over medium heat. Once hot, add two pieces of chicken and cook on each side until deeply browned. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board and repeat with the rest of the cooking oil and second two pieces of chicken.
  • Let the chicken rest for five minutes, then slice and serve!

Notes

*You can purchase thin-cut chicken breasts, chicken tender, or chicken thighs to avoid needing to slice or pound the breasts into thinner pieces (step 2).

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 229.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.65g | Protein: 34.35g | Fat: 8.38g | Sodium: 375.13mg | Fiber: 0.35g

How to Make Yogurt Marinated Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Yogurt with garlic and spices in a bowl

Make the yogurt marinade first. Combine ½ cup plain yogurt, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 1 Tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp dried oregano, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, and ¼ tsp ground cloves.

Sliced boneless chicken breast on an orange cutting board

Filet two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total) into two thinner pieces. This helps it cook quickly and evenly in the skillet. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thin-cut chicken breasts, or even chicken tenders.

Chicken in a shallow dish with yogurt marinade

Place the chicken in a shallow dish or a zip top bag and pour the yogurt marinade over top. Make sure the yogurt coats all sides of the chicken, then marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours (refrigerated).

Cooked yogurt marinated chicken in the skillet

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, heat ½ Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat (a non-stick surface works best). Once hot, add two pieces of the chicken and cook on both sides until it is well browned and cooked through. Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board and repeat with another ½ Tbsp oil and the second two pieces of chicken.

Resting chicken on the cutting board

Let the yogurt marinated chicken rest on the cutting board for five minutes before slicing and serving.

Sliced Yogurt Marinated chicken on a bed of spinach rice with tomatoes and feta

Serve over rice, a salad, stuffed into a pita, or just on its own with a couple of sides!

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