Whether you’re a healthy eating banner or tend to eat anything even remotely nutritious on your plate, there’s always a green meal for you. We’ve rounded up a few spinach recipes that will help you stock up on bags of the green superfood on your next grocery run.
With the plant-based healthy eating revolution sweeping the culinary world, spinach has found itself in a variety of gourmet creations, from bowls of soup to cones of ice cream. One serving of this leafy vegetable provides a good dose of vitamin A, C, K as well as folic acid, thiamine, iron and calcium. Of course, studies link it to a host of health benefits, including better eye and heart health. And if that’s not reason enough to eat this vegetable, then we don’t know what is.
When combined with the right ingredients and cooking techniques, spinach can go from unappetizing to downright delicious† But don’t take our word for it. Try some of these fun recipes instead.
Load up on veggies with these fun spinach recipes
Spinach And Artichoke Dip
Indulgent enough to make you forget you’re eating veggies and versatile enough to replenish most carbs, this spinach and artichoke dip is a must try. The recipe calls for cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, black pepper, and dried basil. Baking these ingredients gives the dip a heavenly brown crust on top. Pair it with crackers, add dollops to your toast, or make it into a Buddha bowl meal.
The comfort of fluffy pancakes meets the nutrition of vibrant spinach in this fun recipe. The ingredients are staples that can be found in every kitchen, including buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, baking soda, sugar, oil, flour, and (of course) a cup of freshly packed spinach. The buttermilk gives the pancakes that perfect airy texture and the spinach adds a bright color. Serve your creation with whipped cream and fresh fruit. You can also alternate it with the batter and make waffles. This one is sure to impress the kids.
Spinach, Almond Butter, Banana Smoothie
If you don’t like the taste of spinach or other vegetables, a surefire way to incorporate it into your diet is to mix it with peanut butter and frozen bananas. Add protein powder, hemp seeds and unsweetened almond milk to the mix and you have the most delicious, nutrient-rich breakfast smoothie. The frozen bananas make the smoothie sweeter and creamier, while the butter and seeds make the taste nutty. If you’re not a big fan of bananas, swap them out for mangoes.
Spinach Pesto Pasta
The perfect way to use up that big bag of spinach in the back of your fridge before it wilts, this recipe is meal-friendly. Make large batches with baby spinach, toasted pistachios, lemon, Parmesan cheese, basil, parsley and olive oil. Toss it with your favorite pasta, tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil, and you’ll have a nourishing dinner in minutes!
If you like to start your day with a big dose of nutrition, but don’t have the time to prepare something tasty, this recipe is for you. All you need to do is add spinach, flour, milk, cornstarch, oil, garlic powder, baking soda, salt and water to a blender to make the mixture for the pancakes. For the white sauce filling you will need butter, milk, mushrooms, onions, spinach, cheese and flour. Prepare the pancakes and fill them with this creamy mixture for a hearty start to the day.
Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Chicken
Taking the classic meat and vegetable combo to the next level, this recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan and mozzarella. The process is super easy and the payout is restaurant quality! If that’s not much, we don’t know what is. Searing the chicken on the stove before finishing it in the oven ensures that your meat is perfectly cooked in the center. This is a dinner-worthy fare that you will no doubt add to your usual variety of meals.
Snacks are often synonymous with chips. However, if you have a bag of spinach lying around, you can make something much more nutritious in minutes. This sizzling spinach recipe has just shredded spinach, sesame seeds, garlic, and a pinch of salt. The ingredients together form the crunchiest, tastiest alternative to packaged snacks. Give this one a shot when the munchies strike.
Vegan Palak Paneer
This classic Indian comfort food gets a vegan makeover in this unique recipe. Just as indulgent, aromatic, and flavorful as its vegetarian counterpart, the instructions call for tofu instead of cheese. Other ingredients include the usual rotation of Indian spices (read garam masala, cumin, and fenugreek), as well as cashews, tomato, and lemon. Nutritional yeast gives a creamy touch to the meal, and you could serve this with naan or rice.
This classic Korean salad is served as a side dish (banchan) to the main components. It is also a great snack that is very similar to the Japanese spinach ohitashi† This one takes very little time to assemble and requires ingredients such as cloves, onion, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and sesame seeds. The easily available, seemingly simple ingredients transform the leafy greens and make them delicious. Give it a try if you have leftover spinach from any of the other recipes on this list.
Three Cheese Spinach Pizza
We round out this list with a bang, with this delicious, extravagant meal suitable for house parties or Sunday brunches. This is an extensive process, with Martha Stewart guiding you through the making of the base and everything that comes after it. Your pizza will contain shredded Gruyere, fresh mozzarella, baby spinach, and olive oil, among other delectable ingredients. The payout is restaurant quality and will impress your loved ones.
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