13 Things You Can Do with a Bag of Baby Spinach

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13 Things You Can Do with a Bag of Baby Spinach

By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer

Baby spinach is one of the most versatile and nutritious vegetables you can eat. It packs all the health of heartier greens like kale and collards, with a softer texture and milder taste. Beyond adding it to a salad, what can you do with a bag of baby spinach? Plenty! Here are 13 of our favorite ideas.


A Smart Side Dish

After cooking a piece of meat (such as chicken), sauté spinach with some onions and garlic in the pan juices for a simple, flavorful side dish.

Perfect for Pasta

Stir spinach into your favorite tomato or cream-based pasta sauce. It also melds into macaroni and cheese beautifully!

Comforting Casserole

Stir chopped raw spinach into the filling of lasagna or enchiladas, or layer it on before baking a casserole. It will wilt perfectly in the oven as your dish cooks.

Sneaky Smoothie

Puree a few cups into your morning smoothie. (You won't even taste it!) Learn how to make the perfect green smoothie.

Healthier Hummus

Pump up your hummus by adding steamed baby spinach to the dish and blend until smooth.

Perked-Up Pesto

Keep pesto bright by adding spinach to the mix for a boost of nutrition and a greener appearance! (Basil tends to darken when pureed, especially if stored in the freezer for later use, but spinach will keep your basil looking green and won't change the flavor!)


Green Eggs

Toss some spinach into your morning egg scramble. It cooks quickly so add it to the pan within the last minute or two of cooking.

Pizza Pizzazz

Add a thin (or thick) layer of baby spinach above the sauce but under the cheese of your next homemade pie. It'll cook perfectly and add some extra veggies to your meal!

Better Burritos

Build a better burrito by starting with a pile of spinach on your tortilla (or skip the tortilla and make it a naked burrito on a spinach base). Then layer on your meat or beans, cheese, and all the trimmings.

Delightful Dip

Make a quick, nutritious dip by combining chopped, steamed spinach with a packet of your favorite dressing and fat-free or low-fat Greek yogurt. Serve with pita chips or chopped veggies.

Easy Appetizer

Turn store bought whole-wheat dough into a quick appetizer. Roll it out thinly, layer on Italian herbs, chopped garlic, crumbled feta cheese, and plenty of spinach. Roll up the dough, slice into 1-inch segments and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Greens and Grains

Double-up on your side dishes when cooking grains. Just before removing cooking grains from the heat, stir in spinach. The steam from the grains (try: brown rice, quinoa or bulgur) will wilt the greens.

Burger Bulker

Bulk up your burger by stirring in chopped spinach, along with rosemary and garlic. The spinach will add moisture, which is much-needed when cooking with leaner meats.

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CLAY10237

5/15/2015 7:24:28 PM

I'm always over cautious with fresh spinach, such as eating it raw, due to the possibility of bacteria. Even when you trust your grocer. Fresh spinach, also, is not recommended for low potassium diets. The good news is a little olive oil, garlic and black pepper makes a delicious sauté for everyone.

CLAY10237

5/15/2015 7:22:59 PM

I'm always over cautious with fresh spinach, such as eating it raw, due to the possibility of bacteria. Even when you trust your grocer. Fresh spinach, also, is not recommended for low potassium diets. The good news is a little olive oil, garlic and black pepper makes a delicious sauté for everyone.

DUBIGOOD

4/26/2015 12:09:00 AM

Invite POPEYE over and add Olive Oil......LOL!!!

TIAROLEII

3/21/2015 5:47:25 AM

i love spinach

MMB2316

3/17/2015 9:49:45 AM

Wonderful ideas! I love spinach and know I will use it more creatively now. I especially like the ideas of pumping up a hamburger and to saute' spinach in juices in the pan after cooking meats and using as side dish. Reminds me of one of my old favorites wilted spinach salad. Thank you.

LIMEYSGIRL

3/16/2015 4:17:11 PM

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Thanks for more ideas!!

ALL4ME!

3/16/2015 12:42:46 PM

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I use it instead of lettuce in salads, sandwiches, and wraps. I'll add it in last to any kind of pasta or rice. I like to use it for appetizers. Take a large piece of naan bread and layer with spinach. Then add half cup chopped chicken. Add 1/4 cup of sliced onion & bell pepper. Sprinkle with black olives & low fat cheese. Bake at 350 for 15mins til naan is crisp. Slice in squares (about 9-10) & serve.

EIMABU

3/16/2015 12:20:15 PM

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my nutritionist said to always heat the spinach. Raw spinach cannot be digested correctly and we miss out on the benefits. But if it is wilted or cooked, then it will be a benefit. Has anyone else heard something like this?

ELLEDESHIELDS

3/16/2015 12:08:23 PM

Great ideas, will definitely try them.

LCERTUCHE

3/16/2015 9:49:59 AM

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I've tried almost all these. Just a couple of days ago I made taco salad with spinach instead of lettuce. I tuck spinach and other greens in many things. In fact all but one mentioned in this article. After all, all greens are super.

JENUS5839

2/22/2015 7:11:57 PM

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To print this, email it to yourself and then print it.

TEY16LOVE

11/4/2014 8:11:04 PM

In 33 and I have never tried spinach in a salad until last week its actually good I ate it for lunch every day last week.

SUPERBEE16

6/4/2014 12:05:18 PM

Anybody know a way to print this?

JEANUT

5/5/2014 1:03:19 PM

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I love to stuff chicken breast or pork loin with spinach

SYLPHINPROGRESS

5/2/2014 11:24:17 AM

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Re: #8, "Green Eggs:" I give an omelet a Mediterranean taste by first sauteing a large grab of baby spinach, about 1/4 cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes and a sprinkling of oregano in 1T olive oil. When the spinach has wilted, in go the beaten eggs. When the eggs are nearly set, a scatter crumbled feta on top and cover the pan for a minute or so.

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