Spray a large skillet with cooking spray. Add the spinach, cover, and cook over medium until the spinach has wilted. Add the cream cheese, onion, and garlic, and stir until the cream cheese has melted.
Remove from the heat. Add half the gouda cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the remaining cheese and crumbled bacon and serve right from the skillet.
OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to 400. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Follow the above instructions and then transfer to the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake for 20 min.
Nutrition: This recipe has 8 servings. It is rich and filling so the servings are on the smaller side. The nutrition facts are for 1 serving. Each serving has 4 NET carbs. If you'd like to lighten up this dish you can either cut the amount of cream cheese and shredded cheese in half or just double the amount of spinach.Prep Time: you can easily prepare this up to 24 hours in advance, then bake right before serving. To Reheat: warm the creamed spinach in the microwave or oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until its hot all the way through. To Freeze: add the spinach to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 1 month. Keep in mind the cream cheese may separate some, so the texture when reheating may not be as good as when it was first made. Substitutions: swap out the gouda for mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, swiss, or any other cheese you enjoy. You can sub 10 oz of frozen spinach for the fresh spinach if you prefer.