Spinach is one of those items that, when you want to use fresh, almost always results in some leftovers. A nice big bag or box of spinach is usually more than one recipe calls for. I think it’s important to use fresh spinach in your diet (it’s a Super Food, after all), and it’s also important not to waste food. In that light…
Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to gather a few spinach recipes that your family enjoys so that you can always use up your spinach.
Although spinach can always be thrown into salads raw, either with lettuce or as the whole salad, it’s important to also eat it cooked to neutralize the oxalic acid (see more on spinach’s health benefits here).
I don’t usually have a problem with too much spinach – anymore. I used to struggle to use the whole bag, but now that I have enough recipes and ideas for spinach, using it up is simple.
Some of my favorite spinach-use-it-up-methods:
- Half spinach, half romaine lettuce in our salads – this greek salad is yum
- A handful in scrambled eggs
- A handful in spaghetti or pizza sauce, or any casserole like lasagna, turkey pot pie
- In any stew or meat dish, even Mexican food
- In meatloaf and meatballs, or meat muffins
- Mixed into mashed potatoes
- Mixed into potato pancakes (Latkes)
- Dehydrate it and make homemade greens powder
- Stir-fried or grilled in foil with veggies – we’ve especially been loving a mix with zucchini, peppers, onion, garlic and a bit of crushed or diced tomatoes with olive oil and Italian seasoning on top.
- Supercharge your smoothies with a handful of spinach
- Get the kids to eat spinach in this Cheesy Spinach Bake with Crumb Topping
- In some of my favorite recipes:
- When I can’t use enough of these ideas in a week’s time, I simply steam a big batch (only for 1-2 minutes) and make food cubes in an ice cube tray, and then I’m ready to go for green smoothies. I’ve used frozen boxed spinach in the smoothies, and there really is a bit of a taste with that stuff that I don’t find at all with home-cooked greens.
I encourage you to try a new recipe that includes spinach if this isn’t a customary food for your household, and then experiment with other uses to make sure you use it all up. If you need a little more convincing on why you should eat more spinach and why it might be better to eat it cooked than raw, read up on all the health benefits here.
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