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10 Things to Make with Fresh or Frozen Spinach
Spinach is good for your health
Spinach is one of the healthies vegetables you can eat. It is a source of many essential vitamins and minerals, and contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that may help ward off illness and disease.
If you would like to incorporate more spinach into your meals, but aren't sure where to start, read on for ten things to do with spinach.
Add spinach to pasta dishes
If you're looking for an easy way to start eating more spinach, you can't go wrong by adding spinach to pasta dishes. There are many pasta recipes with spinach to choose from, including recipes for chicken spinach alfredo, spinach feta pasta or spinach lasagna roll-ups.
You can also make your own spinach pasta dish by just adding a handful or two of spinach leaves to your favourite pasta recipe.
Spinach lasagna with ricotta cheese and bechamel sauce
Making soup may not be the first thing you think of doing with spinach, but there are a lot of spinach soup recipes available.
Here are a few recipes to try:
Easy Cream of Spinach Soup
Spinach side dishes
An easy way to serve spinach as a side dish is to boil or steam some fresh spinach leaves for a few minutes until wilted, and serve with butter and a bit of salt.
You can also sautee spinach leaves and slivered almonds in a bit of olive oil or butter for a slightly fancier variation.
Another spinach side dish that is popular at some restaurants, particularly steak houses, is creamed spinach. See the video below for one way to make creamed spinach at home.
Easy way to make creamed spinach:
Spinach dips are always popular
Use spinach when you bake
Spinach makes a healthy addition to baked goods. Believe it or not, you can make surprisingly delicious cakes, muffins and brownies with spinach and you have no idea you're eating the green stuff in most cases. (Hint - chocolate does a great job of disguising the look and taste of spinach)
Here's a few recipes to get you started:
Chocolate cupcakes with spinach and blueberries
Jessica Seinfeld's recipe for Brownies made with spinach, from her Deceptively Delicious cookbook.
Spinach cake muffins - these ones don't have chocolate to disguise the spinach, but still taste great.
Have you ever had spinach brownies?
Add spinach to your eggs
Spinach makes a great addition to various egg dishes, any of which can be served for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.
Here are a few possibilities:
Spanakopita, or spinach pie, is a traditional Greek dish, made with a mixture of chopped spinach, feta, onions and eggs cooked in a filo dough pastry.
See the video below for instructions to make your own spanakopita at home.
Recipe for spinach and feta cheese pie (Spanakopita)
Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, and spinach salads are a great way to eat spinach on a more regular basis. Baby spinach leaves are typically used for spinach salads. Traditionally, spinach salads are made with chopped hard-boiled egg, crumbled bacon and a creamy poppy seed dressing. While very tasty, these salads pack quite a few calories and fat.
A healthier way to make a spinach salad is just to use baby spinach leaves in place of lettuce, and add fresh fruit and vegetable toppings of your choice. Good matches include berries, mandarin orange slices, roasted red peppers or cucumbers. Other topping I like to add sometimes are sesame seeds, slivered almonds or walnuts and goat cheese.
Healthy spinach smoothies
Green smoothies may look strange, but they can be delicious and are a great way to add some nutrition to your daily diet.
Other things to do with fresh spinach:
Add a handful of spinach leaves to any of the following for a nutrition boost:
- stir fries
- pasta sauce
- wraps or sandwiches
Spinach Nutrition Facts
- Vitamins A, C and K, B6, Vitamin E, folate, calcium, beta carotene, lutein, iron and protein
- 1 cup of raw spinach contains just 7 calories and 1 g of protein
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Which spinach recipe idea do you think you would enjoy the most?
© 2013 Kathy Sima