I am a lover of spinach and I am lucky to say that everyone in the house enjoys spinach just as much as I do. I typically buy spinach frozen or freshly packed in a tub that can be used for making salads. I used to be strictly a cooked spinach gal, but recently developed into eating it with other mixed greens in my salads. I don’t mind eating a spinach salad, however it is rather difficult to eat on a regular basis, even with the hundreds of recipes out on the internet. Here are my top 5 ways to make spinach!
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
1) Spinach Stew- I have yet to make this, but plan on doing so real soon. The ingredients are rather simple: spinach, onion, rice, salt, and ginger powder.
2) Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges- This is a wonderful recipe that I found while using Relish.com. I made if for my family and although I am not a big fan of mandarin oranges, I really liked this combination. Mix some spinach, a can of mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and balsamic vinegar together.
3) Spinach Banana Strawberry Smoothie- In a blender mix some spinach leaves, banana, and a few strawberries. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add some water slowly until you get the right consistency .
4) Spinach Eggs (Kid’s Favorite)- This is something that I make for the boys in the morning. Since they both love spinach it is an easy make and very healthy for them. I usually mix two eggs with about a quarter of a cup of strained canned spinach. I cook the egg in the style of an omelet or scramble the eggs.
5) Homemade Cream Spinach- Not only is this recipe super easy to make, just about anyone who eats spinach will eat this! I love making this recipe for holiday meals. I got this recipe from my favorite cookbook The Ultimate Cooking with 4 Ingredients.
- 1 (16 ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach
- 2 (3 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tablespoons of margarine
- 1 Cup of Italian-style seasoned breadcrumbs
- In a saucepan, cook spinach, with ¾ cup water for 6 minutes; drain. Add cream cheese and margarine to the spinach: heat until cream cheese and margarine are melted and mixed well with the spinach.
- Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle a little salt over spinach; then cover with the breadcrumbs.
- Bake uncovered at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes.
Although recipe calls for sprinkling bread crumbs, you can omit this ingredient and still bake the spinach mixture.