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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11/4/2015 11:52:27 PM

HIPPIMOM65's SparkPage
I'm going to try the appetizer. Sounds yummy for a cold day. Since it's going to snow tomorrow and I have everything in my frig, I'm going for t!


11/4/2015 8:30:48 PM

JANICEK56's SparkPage
Definitely great ideas here! :)


11/4/2015 1:32:43 PM

I loved this article


11/4/2015 12:22:53 PM

Loved this article and will be incorporating a few tips/ideas, especially adding to hummus and Greekyogurt for a dip.


11/4/2015 12:01:38 PM

SEAJESS's SparkPage
Awesome article! I think I'm going to try just about every one of these spinach ideas that I haven't used before. The hummus idea sounds especially brilliant.


11/4/2015 12:01:25 PM

LOULOUWLG403's SparkPage
There are a lot of these I will try after finishing the blog!


11/4/2015 11:57:21 AM

LOULOUWLG403's SparkPage
I will try the burrito


11/4/2015 8:40:20 AM

Lover of spinach! Eat everyday. Thanks for the great tips.


11/4/2015 7:01:44 AM

INSPIRED1314's SparkPage
I love spinanch in my grille cheese sandwhich: saute fresh spinanch in pan with seasoning, pepperjack cheese 2, on whole wheat bread and 2 slices of tomatoes....yummy!


11/4/2015 6:58:04 AM

INSPIRED1314's SparkPage
I lovr Spinanch in my smoothies: 1 cup fresh spinanch, 1 frozen bananna, 8oz almond milk and blend. Smooth and delicious


11/4/2015 5:41:48 AM

I love spinach and will try some of these


7/20/2015 9:51:22 AM

KENWANNE2013's SparkPage
I already do some of these, but definitely going to try the others. Spinach is a great addition to curry as well!


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7/19/2015 11:15:57 AM

Really some great & creative ideas here. I'm trying to add more spinach into my weekly diet to up my iron intake so several of these ideas were helpful for me!


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.

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