Have you ever made creamed spinach with caramelized onions? If not, you need to! It's delicious and super easy to make. I know it's a calorie bomb normally but trust me on this one. For this version, we're going to keep all the good stuff (spinach and onions) while switching up the bad stuff with a secret ingredient… Non fat Greek Yogurt.

Weight Watcher Friendly Creamed Spinach? Absolutely!

I don't know about you, but I feel like spinach has been a little bit of a Cinderella vegetable lately.

You know what I mean? Like, it's always been there for us—it's always been good, and it's always been healthy, but then all of a sudden it was like “HEY! You can eat me with heavy cream and cream cheese!” And then people just took it for granted.

You Can Substitute Greek Yogurt For Heavy Cream and Cream Cheese

But now that we've put our heads together and come up with this Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions recipe… we're going to be giving spinach its due again. Because not only is this dish delicious, but it will also make your body sing with joy at the way you're treating it by using non-fat Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream or cream cheese… and using water to caramelize the onions instead of olive oil.

Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions

How Long Does It Take To Make Spinach with Caramelized Onions?

The longest amount of time for this recipe is going to be caramelizing the onions. This is a process that takes time and can't be rushed. Add the onions to the skillet with a little water and just leave them there to get nice and golden. Even with this whole process, it can still be done in under an hour!

How Do You Thicken Creamed Spinach?

If you prefer a thicker creamed spinach, you can add a roux to the sauce with flour and butter. Be aware that this will definitely increase the points in this recipe, but it's up to you! You can also add more parmesan cheese.

Do You Heat Up Creamed Spinach?

Whether you want to make this dish in advance or just have some leftovers, this can be reheated. Simply add it to your skillet and reheat over low heat until it heats through. You can store leftover creamed spinach in the fridge for up to 3 days and you can also place it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Can You Use Frozen Spinach Instead of Fresh?

If you don't have fresh spinach on hand, you can absolutely use frozen spinach. The trick is to let it thaw out completely, and then pat it dry. You will also want to make the cream sauce first before adding in the spinach.

What Should You Serve Creamed Spinach With?

There are so many delicious recipes that creamed spinach would be a great complement to. Here are a few ideas:

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How Many Points Are In This Recipe?

With the new Weight Watchers Plan, points can vary for diabetics. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.

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Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions

Healthy Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onions recipe is a super-easy way to make creamed spinach. It's made with a healthy twist—instead of using cream cheese, heavy cream, and oil, we swap it out for non-fat Greek yogurt and water. The result is a delicious side dish that's light but satisfying.


  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 lbs. spinach, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


1.Heat water in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions become nicely golden brown and caramelized, approximately 30 minutes.
2.Scoop out the onions and set them aside.
3.In the same skillet you used to caramelize the onions, add the garlic and the spinach, a few handfuls at a time, stirring to wilt to fit it all in the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally until the spinach is completely wilted and cooked down. Stir in butter and Nonfat Greek Yogurt. Continue cooking until the spinach becomes nice and creamy.
4.Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings.
5.Transfer the creamed spinach into a serving bowl and top with caramelized onions. Garnish with a little fresh chopped parsley for color and freshness. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 169Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 16mgSodium 463mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 7gSugar 6gProtein 15g

*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*

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