Best Picks - 10 Ways to Eat Your Spinach
Yes, spinach is good for you, but did you know there are literally dozens of ways to incorporate it into your recipes? Soups, stews, rice, eggs - it's all good when you add a bit of spinach. At the farmers' market you can find spinach in bunches, loose leaf, and baby spinach. Purchase spinach with fresh, bright green leaves with no yellowing or spots. Fresh spinach loses much of its nutritional value with storage of more than a few days, so it's best to eat it soon after purchase - it taste better that way, too! Try some of these quick and easy ways to add spinach to your meals:
- Salads: Of course, you can make a salad with it. Baby spinach is great for this. Add a vinaigrette, fresh seasonal veggies, and you're good to go.
- Eggs Florentine: Add cooked spinach to your Eggs Benedict (poached egg and ham on an English muffin with Hollandaise sauce.)
- Pasta: Always good mixed with pasta, cook spinach with mushrooms and onion, toss in any kind of pasta, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper, for an easy quick dinner.
- Quiche: Mix cooked spinach into your egg and cheese mixture and cook as usual. Spinach adds color and vitamins to your brunch.
- Quinoa: Mix spinach into your cooked quinoa, couscous, rice, or farro for great flavor and color.
- Sandwiches: Instead of lettuce add the bright green of fresh spinach leaves, tomato, and cheese.
- Casseroles: Add spinach to your lasagna or other one-pot casserole dishes that call for veggies or greens.
- Soup: Spinach is amazing in vegetable soup. Add spinach leaves toward the end of cooking time so they still have color and texture.
- Steamed: Steam spinach lightly with lemon juice and bit of olive oil. It makes a great side dish when sprinkled with a few pine nuts.
- Stuffing: Stuff peppers, winter squash, or Portobello mushrooms with a mixture of whole grain rice, chopped onion, and spinach. Delicious!
There you have it. Ten delicious ways to use super nutritious spinach. Think of your own ways to add it to your special recipes.