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Spinach (Stay-at-Home) Muffins, with Mushrooms and Cheese

April 13, 2020

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Here's a delicious, easy recipe to make while you're shut-down and looking for a new twist in cooking. This creation will give you a versatile dish to serve for breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
For dinner, this yummy muffin was served as a side dish along with some simple baked salmon and rice. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
My dear husband loves to hunt for snacks in the fridge. He opens the fridge door and easily plucks one of these out. Such satisfaction! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1 or 2 pinches chili flakes (optional)

8 ounces button mushrooms

3 garlic cloves ground with 3 anchovy fillets

10 ounce box frozen spinach, thawed

4 large eggs

1 cup milk

2 ounces gruyere cheese, grated

1/2 cup parmesan, freshly grated

1/2 cup mozzarella, freshly shredded or grated

Pinch black pepper

Hopefully, most of these ingredients are already in your kitchen and that the rest are easy to get hold of. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1.              Preheat the oven to 350.

2.              Do all of your chopping, grinding, squeezing, measuring, grating, shredding.

3.              Oil a muffin tin

4.              Squeeze the excess moisture from the thawed spinach

5.              With a damp paper towel, wipe dirt from mushrooms. Slice thinly

6.              Mince or grind the garlic with 3 anchovy fillets

7.              Oil a skillet

8.              Add the garlic & anchovies to skillet

9.              Add the chopped mushrooms & sautee with garlic/anchovies for 5 to 7 minutes

10.           Add the chopped spinach to the skillet and mix together, cooking for another few minutes.

11.           With a spatula, scrape the contents of the skillet into a large mixing bowl and add the grated gruyere. Mix contents well to combine.

12.           In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then the milk, then the mozzarella.

13.           With a teaspoon, from the spinach bowl, fill each oiled muffin tin, 1/2 to 3/4 full. Then, pour the egg mixture over each portion until it fills just under the top.

14.           Finally, Sprinkle the parmesan over the top of each portion.

15.           Bake 45 to 55 minutes. At around 40 minutes, check to see if tops of muffins are golden brown. If so, double check by sticking a toothpick or knife into muffin. If comes out clean, spinach muffins are done.

Chopping mushrooms. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Olive oil heats up, then saute the garlic and anchovies. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Add the chopped mushrooms to the garlic and anchovies, stirring while cooking. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC.
After the frozen spinach thaws, squeeze out all the water with paper toweling. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
After water has been squeezed out, chop the spinach, some more. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Add the chopped spinach to the skillet and stir all ingredients together. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Scrape ingredients out of the skillet and into a large bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Grate all of the cheeses to be used in this recipe. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Add the gruyere to the large bowl and mix it in. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Cheese is mixed into the spinach and mushrooms and is ready to spoon into the muffin cups. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
To the eggs, add the milk and then the mozzarella. Mix well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Add the spinach mixture to greased muffin tin. Fill each cup 1/2 to 3/4 full. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Fill the rest of each cup, with the egg mixture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Above cups have been filled with spinach, then egg mixture. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Finally, freshly grated parmesan has been sprinkled over the top of each muffin. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Muffins going into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Just out of the oven, the spinach muffins look beautiful and smell wonderful! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here, we're having warm spinach muffins as appetizers with chilled white wine. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
We opened our windows at 7 pm today and clapped 5 minutes with our friends and neighbors, saluting the brave healthcare heroes, fighting on the frontlines of danger, the virulent COVID-19, the deadly reason we're all quarantined. Now, we raise our glasses of chilled Sauvignon Blanc (Cloudy Bay from New Zealand) for a toast to all the frontline heroes fighting the pandemic for us. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

For your listening enjoyment, here's the great pianist, Lang Lang performing Chopin,


For your listening enjoyment, here's the great pianist, Lang Lang performing Chopin,


Music has such healing properties. At this time of pandemic pandemonium, music soothes the soul.

Be well and safe, dear readers, we're reaching out to you, with some of our favorite music and caring.

Joyce Hays

Bon Appetit!

From Our Table to Yours

Have a Great Week Everyone!

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