Easy Spinach Recipes For Healthy Variety

Spinach field in Italy.
Spinach field in Italy. | Source

The USA: Fruit & Vegetable Campaigns

My previous set of delicious spinach recipes that use fresh and frozen spinach is located at: Spinach - Strong, but Not Just for Popeye, along with some fun background about Popeye the Sailor and the associated ad campaign for spinach during World Wat II. Spinach was the focus of marketing in the US during WWII and bananas took over that focus during the Cold War.

Fruits have also been involved in politics. After WWII, another aggressive ad campaign developed during the early Cold War Years to encourage Americans to buy and eat bananas ("Why The Kremlin Hates Bananas"). The story is located at The United States of Banana - A Guide to the Banana.

Isn't amazing how fruits and vegetables become embroiled in politics and war?

Even so, both spinach and bananas are both full of valuable nutrients and can be delicious in numerous ways.

Early Popeye Cartoon

Spinach at the Savoy

Savoy, a region in France and a portion of Italy that prodyuces its own variety of spinach, are also a popular name for ritzy hotels in the 1920s - 1940s, especially in the movies that featured the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, NYC.

The name Savoy is still used for upscale hotels and restaurants today. In the realm of leafy vegetables, savoy means "crinkled." This means that savoy cabbage is crinkly and it indeed does have crinkled leaves. It is all-over crinkly.

Spinach comes in three basic varieties. One grows with flat leaves, another has semi-crinkled (semi-savoyed) leaves, and the third is definitely savoyed. Flat, thick leaves make spinach easier to wash and is the kind you'll find in frozen and canned varieties for sale in the marketplace.

Savoy Spinach

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Posh Savoy

Savoy Spinach and Savoy Cabbage derive their names form a posh, frilly look. In history, the Savoy Ballroom on two continents was a place to be seen in upscale attire.

Dance Contest at the Savoy

Savoy Spinach Growers

Growers of the curly savoyed and less curly semi-savoyed varieties of spinach are located largely in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and in the states of Texas, Florida, Colorado and Arizona.

In Canada, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec are known for this vegetable production as well.

Curly And Crinkly

What is savoyed spinach? -- Easiest said, it's crinkly.

According to "Bon Appetit" Magazine, it is also called "curly leaf spinach."

Luxurious Savoyed Spinach Salad

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Cups baby spinach leaves (savoyed or semi-savoyed) – washed and drained.
  • 3/4 Cup drained and rinsed canned chick peas
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Dozen grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ½ Cup chopped red onion
  • 2 oz Pomegranate juice
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ Cup sunflower seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  • First, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. After pan is hot, add chick peas in a layer over the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle cumin evenly over chick peas for a smoky flavor.
  • Shaking the pan often, heat (toast) chickpeas for 5 minutes. When they pop, toss more vigorously in the pan.
  • Place spinach, tomatoes, and onion in a large salad or mixing bowl.
  • DRESSING: Combine pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey, oil, salt, and pepper in a separate container.
  • Pour toasted chickpeas onto the spinach mixture. Pour pomegranate dressing over all, and toss.
  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds over the top of the salad and serve.

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Spinach & Two-Cheese Casserole

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Whole eggs, beaten well
  • 20 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 6 oz of grated sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese [I also like to use half cheddar and half swiss cheese.]
  • 1 Cup large curd cottage cheese.
  • ½ Cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ¼ Cup butter, softened.
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Cook the spinach as directed and drain well.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cooked spinach, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, mushrooms butter, beaten eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix well
  • Use cooking spray to coat the bottom and sides of a rectangular baking dish.
  • Pour the spinach mixture into the baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Bake from 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until down and top is browned -- Glass dishes require less baking time than do metal baking pans.

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Risotto and Spinach

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1, 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach
  • 3 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 Cup water (I use spring water)
  • 1 Cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Cup long grain or wild rice
  • 1/4 Cup dry white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • ½ Cup grated Parmesan cheese.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook spinach according to directions and drain. Allow to cool, then squeeze dry.
    In a pot on the stove top over low heat, combine chicken broth and water and maintain at a gentle simmer on the burner.
  • In a larger pot, cook onion in olive oil over medium heat, stirring, until soft.
  • Add in the rice, stirring to coated all the rice with the heated oil.
  • Pour in the wine, cover, and cook at medium-high, stirring occasionally until the wine is completely absorbed.
  • Add ¾ Cup hot broth and continue to cook rice uncovered, stirring constantly, until broth is absorbed.
  • Add more broth, ½ cup of at a time, stirring constantly until absorbed, until half of original pan of broth/water has been used.
  • Reduce heat to moderate and maintain a simmer on the rice.
  • Add more broth and keep stirring until rice is tender and creamy, about 15-18 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and remove from heat.
  • Stir half of the grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Place the Risotto and Spinach into a serving bowl, sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan on top, and serve.

Fish Fillets Florentine

Serves 4 in half-pound portions

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant chicken bouillon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg, ground red pepper, and ground white pepper
  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheeses or half of each
  • 1, 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach thawed drained
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Pound of light-fleshed fish fillets -- Use your favorite variety.
  • 1/2 tsp sea or kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Paprika for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt butter over low heat in a large pot until melted.
  • Stir in flour, bouillon, nutmeg, red pepper and white pepper and mix well.
  • Cook while constantly stirring, until mixture is bubbly and remove from heat.
  • Immediately stir in milk and return to heat. Raise heat to medium.
  • Bring to the boil while stirring constantly and boil 1 minute.
  • Add Swiss cheese and stir until melted.
  • Arrange spinach in a cooking sprayed rectangular baking dish.
  • Sprinkle surface of spinach with lemon juice.
    Arrange fish pieces on top of the spinach, sprinkle with salt, and spread sauce over all, evenly as a layer.
  • Bake uncovered until fish flakes easily, about 20 - 25 minutes; remove from oven, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika, and serve.

Harvesting Spinach In California

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I like how you organize your hubs, Patty. I like your recipes too and speaking about spinach and leafy greens, I've been a of them. They tend to pack the most metabolism. Thanks.


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

The Spinach and Two Cheese Casserole sounds delicious and has me rethinking going out to the grocery store today when I thought I wouldn't have to go anywhere.


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artrush73 7 years ago

Great Hub :) Very well researched and very interesting. After watching the "Popeye" my favorite cartoon :).I want to eat spinach.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

dohn121 - glad you enjoyed this Hub and spinach as well.

Jerliee - Thanks for much for reading and commenting. I hope the grocery is close to you!

artrush73 - I like watching the old cartoons as well. I'm going out to buy some fresh spinach today!


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

MMM, second tasty hub I've read tonight. I'm bookmarking this for the future. Great hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, Uninvited Writer - I like these recipes a lot!


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

These look like awesome recipes! Thank you for sharing!

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