Danielle’s Spinach Pie

First of all, thank you for all of your vegetable-related emails. Many of you who either 1) love vegetables or 2) hate them like I do, have taken pity on me and sent me recipes or suggestions for making veggies more palatable. 🙂 I’m planning to try many of your suggestions, however once again, Danielle sent a picture with her recipe, so she is the big winner! lol. She has discovered that the way to my lazy heart (and more importantly my blog) is through recipes with photos!

Take it away Danielle!

“My 6-year-old son and I are total spinach pie lovers! With no dough in the house, I improvised and made this winner. (In my book, anytime a 6-year-old willingly wolfs-down spinach, it’s a winner! 😉 ) And knowing that you are not a huge veggie fan (unlike myself) I thought I might throw it your way.


  • 1 large low-carb tortilla (I use Joseph’s Whole Wheat Flax ones)
  • 5 oz fresh spinach leaves (or 3.5 oz frozen spinach)
  • 1/2 oz black olives sliced
  • 1 oz turkey pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 oz. part-skim Mozzarella
  • garlic powder and parsley to taste

Steam spinach until it cooks down (or simply open up frozen spinach and pop in the microwave until thawed!). Drain off any excess liquid. Add in sliced olives and a sprinkle of garlic. Spray pan with cooking spray. Place 1/2 of cheese onto one half of the tortilla. Layer spinach mixture, turkey pepperoni and remaining cheese and fold tortilla in half. Spray top of tortilla with cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic and parsley. Cook in toaster oven @ 350 for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted.”

OK, CJ’s back!

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

Full recipe is 1 protein, 1 dairy, 1 carb serving, 1 vegetable serving.

P.S. I bet you could also do this in a skillet like a quesadilla.

P.P.S. In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that the olives in this provide 1/8 of a fat serving, since it takes 4 oz. of olives to provide 1 full fat serving. If I were you, I’d just ignore it, because 1/8 of a serving of good fat is not a huge deal. But I thought I should point it out just in case.

P.P.P.S. I second the 6-yr-old-eating-spinach comment. That’s awesome. Yet more support for my theory that everything is better with cheese!

Thanks again, Danielle. You rock! – CJ =)


  1. Kay

    Another yummy and simple recipe idea. We did ours quesadilla style and it worked fine. After using the recommended amount of frozen spinach, I think I would use a bit more. After we squeezed out the liquid, there wasn’t much veggie left at all. We also added a little ground nutmeg, just a pinch. Always good with spinach (one of my favorite veggies).

    1. CJ =)

      I had never heard of nutmeg on spinach – I’ll have to try it!! As I’ve mentioned other places, spices are my Achilles heal, so I’ll take all the advice I can get.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Kay!
      – CJ =)

  2. Kirsten

    Hi CJ–I’ve been looking through your site and am really grateful for all the work you’ve put into it. I am about to start p90x and admit I am a bit overwhelmed by the nutrition plan. I’m vegetarian, but also can’t eat soy or eggs. My main sources of protein now are peanut butter and yogurt, which means most of the plan is out for me (well, I guess cottage cheese is about to become my friend….best friend, probably). Anyway, like I said, I appreciate all your work. If you have any ideas or have run across anyone else who is in the same boat, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks!

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