40 Delicious Ways to Use 1 Bag of Spinach

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Popeye was onto something. Packed with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, spinach is definitely a powerhouse in the world of vegetables. The dark, leafy green has been shown to serve up a myriad of benefits, including preventing cancer, managing diabetes, increasing bone health, lowering blood pressure and improving hair and skin health.
 
As with most good-for-you foods, though, spinach can sometimes get a bad rap for being less than appetizing—but we're here to dispel that age-old myth. There are plenty of tasty and creative ways to enjoy the versatile veggie—and we definitely don't mean straight out of the can, Popeye-style. Keep a bag of frozen or fresh spinach on hand at all times, and you'll be one step closer to whipping up one of these nutritious and delicious recipes.

Spinach-Banana Smoothie: Get in your superfoods on the go! Perfect as a light meal replacement or a full breakfast.


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Instant Pot Chicken With Mushrooms, Spinach and Artichoke Hearts: If you have an Instant Pot, you can prepare this whole-foods dinner in just 30 minutes.


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Roasted Radish, Spinach and Almond Salad with Balsamic Coconut Vinaigrette: Never soggy, always fresh and unapologetically vegan, this makes the perfect light, flavorful lunch.


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Spinach, Cheese and Ham Stuffed Chicken Breast: You won’t even miss the carbs in this nutritious powerhouse of a chicken dish.



Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli Bake: The chef who created this recipe sautéed fresh baby spinach over the stovetop before adding it to the recipe.


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Pineapple Spinach Smoothie Bowl: Loaded with healthy ingredients, these bowls make a fun breakfast or snack for the whole family.


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Spinach With Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts: Fresh spinach pairs nicely with the sweetness of raisins and the crunch of pine puts.



Seared Chilean Sea Bass: Wilted sesame spinach makes a flavorful foundation for a seared sea bass fillet, topped with a Vietnamese-inspired sauce.


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Blueberry, Asparagus and Spinach Salad: With just five minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cook time, this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian dish makes healthy eating simple.


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Easiest, Cheesiest Tortellini Bake: Feed your cheese craving while getting in your greens.


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Butternut Squash Curry With Spinach and Chickpeas: Who needs Thai takeout when you can prepare this creamy, flavorful and fragrant dish at home?


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Hot Spinach Dip: Plenty of fresh spinach makes this crowd-pleasing party dip more filling, and balances out the supreme cheesiness.


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Slow Cooker Beef and Cheese Pasta: This kid-friendly meal will get everyone full and happy with only 10 minutes of prep time.


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Baked Eggs in Spinach and Tomato: A delicious breakfast of baked eggs in spinach and tomato, packed with nutrients and amino acids.


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Spinach and Orzo Salad: Fresh greens are made more interesting with the addition of feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, chopped red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives.


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Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas: Fresh chopped spinach is paired with flavorful chicken and a satisfying, creamy white sauce.


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Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole: This delicious dish is made with 12 eggs and impressive amount of green vegetables for a nutrient-rich start to your day.


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Purple Potato and Spinach Salad with Walnuts: Add a splash of fun color and delicious textures to your standard spinach salad.


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Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto: This delicious mixture can be served over grilled chicken, tossed with pasta, spread on sandwiches or served as a dip.


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Veggie Lasagna: Sautéed baby spinach meets Crimini mushrooms, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and grated zucchini.


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Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Perfect for a potluck, this super-rich and creamy dip is delicious with whole-grain bread, veggies or kale chips.


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Homestyle Sausage, Potato and Spinach Soup: On cold days, stir fresh baby spinach into this hearty and satisfying soup.


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Green Smoothie Popsicles: A light, refreshing and fun way to up your daily veggie intake.


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Crustless Spinach Quiche: Salty ham and Swiss cheese are the perfect complements to fresh baby spinach.


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Maple Roasted Carrot Salad: Roasted carrots, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts blend deliciously with fresh baby spinach.


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Spinach- and Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf: This yummy, low-calorie alternative to meatloaf is sure to be a family favorite.




Roasted Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad: Tossed with fresh baby spinach, this salad serves as a refreshing and satisfying make-ahead lunch or side dish.


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Healthy Guacamole With Hidden Spinach: Taco Tuesday just got a little healthier—but the fam will be none the wiser.


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Feta and Spinach Egg Whites: Salty feta and velvety eggs combine beautifully with wilted spinach for a filling breakfast that's high in protein.



Spinach and Three Cheese Manicotti: You can steam frozen spinach or cook down  fresh spinach for this dish.


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Warm Spinach Antipasto Salad: Filled with salami, parmesan, roasted eggplant, peppers and red onions, it's healthy and easy to make.


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Cilantro-Lime Tilapia with Spinach and Tomatoes: Light and luscious, this simple baked tilapia recipe is just right for your appetite.


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Pomegranate Clementine Spinach Salad: Add your choice of protein to make it even more filling and satisfying.


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Cheesy Spinach Enchiladas: You can’t go wrong with this meatless version of a classic Mexican dish.



Quinoa Spinach Bake: Enjoy it on its own, or serve it with mashed avocado and hummus or a side of plain Greek yogurt.


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Saucy Tomato and Artichoke Chicken Recipe: Ready in less than 15 minutes and made with just four ingredients, it's the perfect healthy and easy weeknight dinner.



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Strawberry Spinach Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing: Toasted almonds, diced avocado, creamy cheese and fresh fruit add an explosion of flavor and texture to this salad.


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Cream of Spinach and Kale Soup: It doesn't get much healthier or more comforting than this hearty soup.


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Cucumber Tropical Smoothie: Enjoy all the benefits of a green smoothie, along with the delicious flavors of tropical fruits.


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Spinach-Feta Personal Pizza: This quick-and-easy thin-crust pizza makes a nutritious, yummy dinner for one.


 
What is your favorite way to enjoy spinach?
 


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Comments

CECELW 10/14/2020
all of those look really good Report
NASFKAB 10/14/2020
Great ideas Report
KAREN_EDMONDS 10/14/2020
Wow! So many delicious choices. Thank you! Report
-POOKIE- 10/14/2020
Nice ideas Report
GMACAMI 10/11/2020
some very good recipies here but watch counts... not all lo-calorie... Report
ROBBIEY 7/18/2020
good ones Report
PASQUALE51 5/18/2020
And for many of these recipes kale and chard could be used. Power greens for sure. Two loosely packed cups of chard have more Potassium than a medium banana and next to no carbs. Report
GETULLY 5/18/2020
Great recipes! Report
DONNALEE-53 5/18/2020
Awesome ,thank you. Report
NEPTUNE1939 5/18/2020
ty Report
ELRIDDICK 3/31/2020
Thanks for sharing Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49 1/26/2020
Great recipes! Report
SUSANBEAMON 1/9/2020
Spinach is easy to cook with. Report
DIGIT00 1/4/2020
Lots of good recipes to try Report
HYATTI1 1/4/2020
I am going to have to try some of these. Report
MARITIMER3 1/4/2020
Lots of delicious-looking recipes. Thank you. Spinach is one of my favourite vegetables. Report
ERIN_POSCH 1/4/2020
thanks for sharing Report
CECTARR 1/4/2020
Some of these are not very healthy at all Report
ANNIERUOKAY24 1/4/2020
I bookmarked several of these recipes. Variety (even with spinach) is the spice of life! Report
CREAKYCAT 1/4/2020
Yummy to be sure but many are loaded with cheese and look to be very high in calories and saturated fat. Report
NEPTUNE1939 1/4/2020
ty Report
IAMTHOR 1/4/2020
These are some beautiful healthful recipes that we will use - heading to the grocery store to pick up some more spinach and ingredients! Thanks for the ideas. Report
BONNIE1552 11/14/2019
Thanks. Report
Thanks for all the great ideas! Report
thank you for the new ideas! Report
I can’t save any of these to Pinterest. Report
When I was young, people wanted tp dose spinach with vinegar. I never understood that. Why spoil a good vegetable with nasty liquids? Report
Just got some fresh spinach. Thanks for the ideas. Report
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LIDDY09
Thanks Report
Yummy! Report
Thank you so much for this article. I was getting very bored with food. I love spinach and look forward to trying the new recipes I have found. Especially those ice pops on a hot Texas Summer day Report
JUSTMEOK66
Awesome article! ! Thank you! ! I wanna try some of these recipes!! I will also look for frozen spinach, as I've only shopped for fresh or canned spinach. I love dressing up a low calorie sandwich with fresh baby spinach and a thick slice of a home grown tomato! !!! Mmmmm mmmmmmmm, GOOD! !! ; D Report
JUSTMEOK66
Awesome article! ! Thank you! ! I wanna try some of these recipes!! I will also look for frozen spinach, as I've only shopped for fresh or canned spinach. I love dressing up a low calorie sandwich with fresh baby spinach and a thick slice of a home grown tomato! !!! Mmmmm mmmmmmmm, GOOD! !! ; D Report
Whoa! Some of these recipes are NOT lo-cal. You may need to revise them to make them compatible with your food plan. (Cheesiest Tortalini particularly set off my warning lights.) Report
I was the weird kid who actually liked spinach when I was little. I'll use it in place of lettuce on sandwiches and tacos. Report
Great ideas here. Report
Nice ideas! Report
Good ideas. I usually just add fresh spinach to my salad Report
Great recipes - love spinach and have it with everything so new ideas very welcome. Thanks. Report
Thank you Report
ELRIDDICK
Thanks for sharing Report
Going to try the smoothie recipe Report
Going to try the smoothie recipe Report
thanks Report
Well, I do like spinach. I should try something different. Report
lovely recipes! Report
I am all about the spinach. I keep 2 containers of fresh spinach in the fridge, because I eat it all the time. I make a lot of smoothies and put it in my Detox Soup. Report
Thanks now, i'll by more spinach so I can try some of those recipes Report