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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LILYMCEVOY

3/18/2014 6:03:45 PM

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I add spinach to my daily morning smoothie...

ALICIA214

3/18/2014 5:33:42 PM

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I make a soup with spinach ,leeks,potato and curry. I will check out some of the recipes posted here...

CAROLKRUMREY

3/18/2014 5:22:16 PM

Great ideas and I've tried a number of them. I've been putting spinach in my smoothies for a long time.

STARRBRITE

3/18/2014 4:43:22 PM

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This is so typical. When I'm on the ball and really watching my vegetables so that I can eat more, get good nutrition, and save my eyesight. I do almost all of these things. OK, I don't make hummus or pesto, but I always throw spinach into scrampled eggs, any casserole, pasta dish, or sandwich. It just makes sense.

I'm glad this was posted today. It reminded me to get the spinach and get going again.

GRAPHITEGAL

3/18/2014 3:00:28 PM

I had a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan with 2 eggs and some curry powder and a dash of salt
with a hand full of spinach

PROVERBS31JULIA

3/18/2014 10:47:14 AM

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Could you do a slideshow like this showing what to do with watercress? I love the taste of it but then don't really remember stuff to do with it once I get it home from the store (and don't always want to make watercress soup.). Thanks! And these are great ideas too, as spinach is a much milder green that even my teenager will eat!

ONESPOTLEFT

3/18/2014 7:06:29 AM

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fill the bottom of your plate with spinach and then put your hot food on top of the bed of spinach; makes anything taste better

DAISIEMAISIE

3/18/2014 6:44:56 AM

great ideas!

KAYEBLOSS

2/13/2014 5:30:51 AM

I already do a lot of these things, but I also got some great ideas as well. Some of our family favourites are spinach salads. Thanks Sparkpeople.

VIRGOKENNEWICK

2/13/2014 2:47:24 AM

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I love spinach! I cook it with scrambled eggs and put it on a low carb tortilla with some guacamole and shredded cheese for a low carb breakfast burrito that can actually be eaten anytime and is great on the go

APTALLAHASSEE

2/12/2014 10:50:01 AM

I have deli turkey or chicken sandwiches frequently and almost always add a "bunch" of spinach!!! makes the sandwich "prettier" too! :) I also add sliced cucumbers for some crunch.

AMANDADAY63

1/25/2014 10:18:45 AM

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some good ideas..thanks :)

LOOZINITTOO

1/25/2014 9:36:38 AM

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I buy the organic spinach in the big plastic container and after I open it, but a paper towel on top of the spinach and store. Every time I go to get more spinach, I change the paper towel with a fresh one. The towel absorbs moisture and my spinach doesn't get mushy. It can last up to 2 weeks doing this.

BEEKON

1/25/2014 8:00:17 AM

I love fresh spinich but find it goes bad before I use ut all. These ideas will help me make more use of it!

ANN-NANNY2FOUR

1/24/2014 10:11:45 PM

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I'm going to try some of these ideas. Spinach added to recipes increases the nutrition, adds bulk and fiber, not to mention the great taste. Thanks for the ideas.

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