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Healthy Spinach Recipes

Updated on May 18, 2011

Find Tasty, Easy and Healthy Spinach Recipes that Include this Vitamin K Rich Vegetable!

Spinach is an often underestimated vegetable that packs a lot of taste and is very versatile. Added to pasta dishes, it gives bulk, flavor, and some variety. Used in salads, spinach is the perfect alternative to spice up your normal lettuce salad recipes. Baked, it can be used in egg or cheese baked dishes with ease. Simply add it into your existing recipes!

Here you'll find plenty of delicious healthy spinach recipes that won't take long to prepare and will add the necessary Vitamin K to your diet.

Spinach Stuffed Shells

Easy to make spinach recipe!

Stuffed shells are an Italian favorite, but they're full of fat. The ricotta cheese used is quite high in saturated fat. To lessen the fat intake, use a part skim variety. These are perfect leftover, or, double the batch and put one in the freezer uncooked!

Ingredients

-Uncooked large jumbo shells (1 Box)

-1 Box of frozen spinach or 1 lb. fresh spinach (cooked for this recipe)

-2 Tbsp. chopped basil

-1 tsp. garlic powder

-16 oz part skim ricotta cheese

-1 cup jarred tomato sauce

-1/2 cup parmesan cheese

-2 eggs beaten

-1/4 lb shredded mozarella cheese

-1/2 cup fresh mushrooms

-1 tsp black pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta shells per box directions minus one minute. The shells will cook further in the oven.

2. Combine eggs, pepper, ricotta, spinach, basil, garlic powder, mozarella and mushrooms into large bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

3. In a large glass baking dish, one by one, fill the pasta shells with the mixture. Fill all of the shells then top with the parmesan cheese. Top the shells with jarred tomato sauce.

4. Bake the stuffed shells for approximately 45 minutes until the cheese is just starting to brown.

Serve immediately with crusty Italian bread.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe - Easy instructions on how to make this veggie appetizer!

Vitamin K

Vitamin k is found in broccoli, avacodo, kiwi, and many green veggies like spinach. Studies have suggested that increased Vitamin K consumptin could prevent prostate cancer and protect the human bones.

Spinach Pockets

Filled baked pitas with fresh cooked spinach and cheese!

These pockets really are incredible and simple. All you need is a couple of bags of fresh spinach, some provolone cheese, a little garlic powder, and fresh pita pockets.

Ingredients for Spinach Pockets

-4 whole pitas (the large ones, not the minis), cut in half

-Two bags of fresh uncooked spinach leaves (used chopped frozen only if unavailable, and be sure to strain it very well!)

-1 tsp garlic powder

-4 slices provolone cheese

Directions

1. Wash the spinach leaves well under cold water. Be sure to turn the leaves over to get all of them. Remove the stems from all of the spinach leaves and tear the spinach leaves.

2. Boil 8 cups of water and place each ripped spinach leaf into the pot as you go. Discard the stems and cook for approximately 8-12 minutes, or until the spinach is tender. The volume of the spinach will diminish drastically. While the spinach is cooking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

3. After cooking, drain the spinach well in a strainer. Push down on the spinach with a spoon to squeeze out excess juice.

4. Saute the spinach with garlic powder in the same pan you boiled the spinach in for one minute to remove more of the excess liquid.

5. Fill the spinach pocket halves with the spinach and top with 1/2 slice of provolone.

6. Bake for 7-12 minutes, or until the pockets get slightly brown on the edge and the cheese melts. Serve immediately. Watch out, they're hot!

Spinach picture by Laurel Fan on Flickr.

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    • DLeighAlexander profile image

      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables. It goes well with so many dishes, cooked or raw. Your lens is helpful with the possibilities of spinach. Blessed :)

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens...I love spinach for its versatility. It is sooo great in salads, on sandwiches, as a dip, a stuffing, creamed. My mom used to give me and my sister fresh squeezed spinach-apple juice and we couldn't get enough of it. My wife even made spinach bread to get our daughter to eat her veggies :)

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      laporter79 lm 5 years ago

      this is the one veggie I can sneak into stuff for my husband to eat, thanks!

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Some great ideas for the spinach in my garden

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Some great ideas for the spinach in my garden

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Yum! I love spinach!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great stuff indeed! have it at least twice a week if not more.

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      Nicely done. Thanks for all the great recipes using spinach. I love spinach!

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      giddygabby 5 years ago

      Baby spinach is a favorite at our house. We love it on sandwiches instead of lettuce, in stir-fry, soup, and of course in salads. That spinach-artichoke dip looks delicious!

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      plrsource 6 years ago

      My favorite......mmmmm......nice lens.....

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      Pway21 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      tarastillhere 6 years ago

      my favorite spinach recipe of all times is my moms spinach and artichoke dip :) Well that and the creamed spinach.

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      bensen32 lm 6 years ago

      I will have to try a few of these recipes that I have not tried already. I like spinach, try replacing lettus on a burger with it. I like it now and then.

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      lortiz59 lm 6 years ago

      I'm not a big fan of spinach and don't eat it very often,

      but your recipes make it delicious. Thanks for the info.

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      robin168 6 years ago

      I like spinach very much. I will try your recipes soon

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love spinach! Blessed by a squidoo angel on 5/29/2011. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Spinach is awesome and is a leafy green that I consume regularly. I have it a little different to most people though. I have it mostly in smoothies raw and blended with fruit. These are called "Green Smoothies"

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Great recipes! Thanks a lot for sharing :)

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      :) I love spinach and we always have some in the garden when its spinach season...

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      careermom 6 years ago

      These recipes look wonderful.

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      guitaristic 6 years ago

      It's surely yummy and healthy. Thank u for this very nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love spinach! Unfortunately, the rest of my family have no appreciation for it! Great lens with a lot of delicious looking spinach recipes--some of them might win my family over!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love spinach, Rubard Chard is rather like it, and you get wonderful colorful stems as well, goes well even with flowers in a border.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Love spinach. Spinach is also a source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Blessed.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Love spinach!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      What no mention of Popeye? Did he help or hinder spinach?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I LOVE spinach! It's always good to find more great spinach recipes!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I love it in pasta dishes and salads and sometimes it stands alone as a vegetable. Thaks for sharing some more yummy ways to use it.

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      Melissa 6 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      I love slipping spinach into my usual recipes. It's great on a grilled cheese sandwich!

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      mywebcontent 6 years ago

      I really love the warm spinach salad. It is tremendous!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I just tried a chowder recipe with clams and spinach. Loved it. I think I'll be eating spinach more often.

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      ToTheBrimm LM 6 years ago

      I always like trying new recipes (mostly eating them but cooking's fun too). I've eaten spinach cooked in quiche and dips, but usually eat it raw in a salad or as the greens in a sandwich.

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      CrazyforCollecting 6 years ago

      I never think about eating spinach, and I love it. Thanks for reminding me.

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Can't wait to try the spinach artichoke dip! Thanks for sharing!

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      badmsm 6 years ago

      I love spinach! Lends itself to so many dishes & SO YUMMY! :)

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      PopStarPeaches 6 years ago

      I love spinach, the spinach stuffed shells look delicious!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I don't eat spinach often enough - and I love it!

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      Lisa Vollrath 6 years ago from Euless, Texas

      I use raw spinach on my sandwiches instead of lettuce. It holds up better, doesn't get soggy, and there's a big nutritional bonus.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      You have here some great recipes based on spinach for my mom. Thanks a lot. My mom being a cancer survivor has to eat healthy, so your lens is my blessing today.

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      freaknoodles1 6 years ago

      I love spinach! Your spinach pockets recipe has me thinking of filling a pita with a spanikopita-type filling, with sautéed spinach and onion mixed with feta. Yum!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Great job! Liked it for you :)

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      have a bunch of spinach fresh from the garden and waiting to be cooked... Will try something from you page I think!

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      TheyCallMeVarmit 6 years ago

      Love spinach! These recipes sound great. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. I'm trying to incorporate more spinach into my families diet but good recipes are few and far between so I really appreciate the effort you've put into this lens.

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      Love the stuff! (don't know if my other comment went through!)

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      I love spinach! Healthy and delicious. Thanks for the great recipes!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I LOVE spinach, great lens!

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      I make spinach soup with chicken broth, it tastes delicious!

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      I love spinach but typically eat it as a salad. I do put it in stuffed shells and casseroles. I even use it in my juicer. I look forward to trying some of the recipes.

      Very cool article. Thank you for sharing all of the information and fabulous recipes.

      I want spinach now.

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      Spinach really does have an undeserved reputation! It is a great tasting and versatile vegetable if you have some good recipes.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I have really been enjoying visiting your lenses this morning! Yummy on the stuffed spinach shells and the spinach calazones. I know what I will be making in the next few days. Great Lens!!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens, 5***** and some nice recipes. I am not very keen on mushy cooked spinach, Popeye style, but fresh spinach leaves make a great addition to a meal.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I love spinach. When the kids were young I always added spinach to mac and cheese recipes. When they were babies I made spinach and banana baby food. Now we eat it mostly in salads.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love spinach and I make a spinach casserole routinely, yum! 5*

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      eccles1 7 years ago

      I love me spinach because of Popeye and it took me a while to try the real fresh spinach but once I realized how much better it tasted that was it no more cans for me !!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent lens about an excellent food. My mother used to make a type of creamed spinach which she called "Swiss Spinach." (She called a lot of food, "Swiss this" or "Swiss that.") She's chop up a slice of raw bacon and sizzle it in a sauce pan with chopped garlic. Then she'd add thawed frozen chopped spinach and stir it good to coat with the bacon fat. Finally, she's stir in a flour-water mixture with a little butter and stir till it thickened up. I still make it today, but I substitute toasted sesame oil for the bacon. Great stuff. Rolling this to my food-related Laftovers lens.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Man, that spinach stuffed shells recipe sounds awesome! I must admit that I only started eating spinach as a kid because of Popeye.lol. As an adult, I absolutely love my leafy green veggies, especially fresh spinach. I can't say I am a big fan of the canned variety but I have uses for that as well. Great lens.

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      NaturalMommys 8 years ago

      I LOVE spinach and those pita things sound so great I will be trying that out this week for sure, yummy. I am lensrolling you to my recipe lens now!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I can honestly say that I love spinach today so much more than yesterday when Popeye was telling us to eat it! It seemed so 'sandy' and gritty back them. Now, even my hubby likes it!

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      One of my favorites is spinach and black bean enchiladas.

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      faye durham 8 years ago

      I love spinach! You did a great job with this lens - lots of recipes and ideas.

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      GypsyLyric LM 8 years ago

      I can't wait to try the spinach pocket recipe - it sounds yummy!!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      I love spinach - I eat spinach pizza almost every day :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love spinach! I have this spinach pie recipe that's to die for. Its easy and a piece of pie in a container fits in my lunch box with ease

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      My son was asking for spinach for lunch today. Gosh, I'm lucky, he's 6 years old and loves spinach.

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      Webcodes LM 8 years ago

      Nice lens. I really like spinach. 5*, thanks for the recipes I'll have to try them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I encourage everyone to try a nice spinach salad. Put some broccoli in too!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I love spinach! You did a great job on this lens. Welcome to Squidoo, and especially to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.