Spinach Maria

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Spinach Maria is made with lots of spinach, Monterey Jack cheese, and crushed red pepper. The cheese sauce is rich with warmth from the cayenne and nutmeg, and the extra layer of melted cheese on top makes it perfectly indulgent. It's great served as a dip with toasted pita wedges or tortilla chips. Customize the sauce however you want by adding more garlic, or chopped hot chiles, pickled peppers, herbs, or even crab meat.


- 1 cup fresh spinach

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1 teaspoon dried oregano

- 1 teaspoon dried basil

- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. In a large mixing bowl, toss the spinach with olive oil and season with garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Make sure the spinach is evenly coated with the olive oil and seasoning.

3. Transfer the seasoned spinach to a baking dish or sheet, spreading it out evenly.

4. Bake the spinach in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until it is wilted and slightly crispy around the edges.

5. Remove the spinach from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

6. Serve the spinach as a side dish or use it as a topping for pizza, pasta, or sandwiches. You can also enjoy it as a healthy snack or add it to your favorite salad.

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Spinach Maria!

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