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JULIEM77
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2/14/11 9:47 P

I could eat this salad literally every single day and not get sick of it.

I bake boneless skinless chicken breasts on Sunday. Spray Pam in the pan, place your chicken and bake for approx. 1 hour. When cool, cube and put in to ziploc baggies in 3-5 oz bags.

Chicken Spinach Oriental Salad

2C Spinach
3-5 oz. Chicken
1 serving Mandarins, no sugar added
1/4C Crunch chow mein noodles
2T Litehouse Fat Free Toasted Sesame Dressing

I pre-measure everything and bag it up on Sundays and then I have lunch all week long!

We also throw about 1/2C of spinach leaves in our fruit smoothies. It can make the color kinda funky, but you can't even taste it - all you taste is the fruit :)



GRACIESMOM70
Posts: 1,345
2/14/11 12:45 P

I use spinach almost everyday. In an omlet, with pasta, on a sandwich instead of lettace- I add it to canned soup (Progresso)- wonderful mixed in mashed potatoes.



BLUEJEANGRL80
Posts: 326
2/8/11 4:10 P

Use fresh spinach on sandwiches in place of or with lettuce. Place a few leaves on your favorite omlet before folding, chop and use with lettuce for tacos. Chop and add to any favorite casserole. Sautee onion,chopped clove garlic and hormel bacon bits in olive oil and use as dressing over spinach- Spinach salad-Fresh spinach, fresh sliced mushrooms, sliced onion, few walnuts and dried cranberries-top with warm dressing. Cook spinach until soft, set aside-heat lowfat cream cheese and a little skim milk in microwave until softened, toss with the softened spinach and top with a sprinke of panko bread crumbs for a delicious cream spinach side.



LIPSTROM
Posts: 101
2/6/11 10:26 P

Spinach pesto is simple and yummy--just substitute spinach for basil.
In a blender put
nuts- pine nuts or almonds
spinach
garlic
oil- I prefer extra virgin olive oil
parmesan cheese



NEED2LUZIT50
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Posts: 57
2/5/11 7:33 P

I place frozen spinach in hot water. scramble 2 eggs with shredded cheese and the drained spinach. I love it and it gives my eggs a little color. There r alot of good recipes listed here thanx to all who contributed.



QUIETGIRL1971
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Posts: 367
2/5/11 12:25 P

I'm hiding spinach in my healthy lasagna tonight- high fiber noodles, skim ricotta, ground turkey, mushrooms, spinach and reduced fat mozz... yum!



LINDAW64
Posts: 945
2/3/11 7:34 P

steam lightly add a little olive oil garlic and chile flakes.

Egg drop soup
Chicken stocka beaten egg white and a handful of spinch
heat the broth slowly stir in beaten egg whiteadd spinch last.



G293537
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2/2/11 3:11 P

Is it made with mayo and sourcream? If so, how about using lite of fat free products and dressing it up with garlic. The artichokes are high in fat right, but a good fat i thought. You can also try plain yogurt in place of the mayo/sour cream.



ASHLEY1337
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2/2/11 2:56 P

Does anyone have any ideas for a healthier spinach artichoke dip? I love it, but I'm trying to cut back on calories and if I did make it, I know it'd end up being too rich to be good for me.



YINETTV
Posts: 1,438
2/2/11 12:17 P

thanks for all recipe



HARLEYANGELONE
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Posts: 638
1/28/11 9:11 P

Spinach/Shrimp salad:

fresh spinach
shrimp
lemon juice
olive oil
dill



JULIEBRU18
Posts: 79
1/28/11 10:19 A

Thanks for all the good ideas. Not sure my kids or hubby would go for them but I can always hide it emoticon



GRACIESMOM70
Posts: 1,345
1/28/11 9:51 A

I use it with so much stuff- in omlets, with pasta, in soup (either homemade or even in canned)my Dad loved spinach in mashed potatoes- in sandwiches- have fun-



QUIETGIRL1971
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1/28/11 8:51 A

must have seen this somewhere but I'm not sure where. I was puttering around the kitchen trying to decide what to fix for dinner. I had some leftover wheat pasta in the fridge and half of a can of diced tomatoes. I just started pulling things out of the fridge and this was the result:

Cook whole-wheat pasta
Heat pan. Add 1 Tbsp oil of choice and 1 clove of garlic.
Once garlic has started to cook add diced red pepper, spinach and half a can of diced tomatoes (be careful not to add too much of the liquid)
Season to taste (I added black pepper and oregano)
Add 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar.
Stir.
Cover and cook until warm and spinach is wilted.
Top pasta with mixture.
Enjoy!

Mushrooms would be good in this, too but I was out. I would also like to try adding a protein in the future (white beans, turkey sausage or chicken). I am trying to move towards eating whole foods so I look forward to summer when I can get yummy tomatoes and I will swap out the canned ones. I may even have to learn to can my own to get me through winter because I go through a lot of canned tomatoes.

Boyfriend loved this but he is an extremely healthy eater. This is not yet kid tested.

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QUIETGIRL1971
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1/27/11 1:42 P

Mix spinach, low fat ricotta and ground turkey and stuff large pasta shells with the mixture. Top with tomato sauce or a seasoned can of diced tomatoes.

I buy two bags of fresh spinach every week and add it to almost everything I cook- hamburgers, pizza, turkey sandwiches with dijon mustard on wheat bread, etc. That way I know I will get my veggies in.




BETH0277
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Posts: 48
1/27/11 10:59 A

My favorite salad is Shrimp Spinach with hot bacon dressing. So delicious! I sautee the shrimp with a little seasoning of your choice (I like cajun seasoning, myself.) Place shrimp on spinach and top with a handful of slivered almonds. I use this recipe for hot bacon dressing and, oh my gosh, is it delicious! You can play with it a little to make it healthier because as is, it is not so great for you! I use turkey bacon and cut the sugar way, way down. Other than that, it is great!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Hot-Bacon-D
ressing/Detail.aspx



ASK4JJG
Posts: 1,795
1/25/11 11:14 A

Vegetable Strudel Filled with Spinach and Sweet Peppers
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Ingredients
5  cups fresh spinach leaves
2   medium red sweet peppers, cut into 1-inch strips
1   medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1-inch strips
2   carrots, shredded
1/2  cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4   green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
1/4  cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
3  tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1  tablespoon snipped fresh oregano
or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/8  teaspoon salt
1/8  teaspoon black pepper
   Dash ground red pepper
   Butter-flavor nonstick spray coating
6   sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
2  tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs

Directions:

For filling, place the spinach in large colander; set aside. In a large saucepan cook sweet peppers, summer squash, carrots, mushrooms, and green onions in 4 cups boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over spinach to drain; rinse immediately with
cold water. Drain well, pressing out excess moisture. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl. Stir in the dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the oregano, salt, black pepper, and ground red pepper. Set filling aside.

Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick coating. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on a dry kitchen towel. (Keep remaining sheets covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.) Spray with nonstick coating. Place another sheet on top; spray with nonstick coating. Sprinkle with half of the bread crumbs. Place 2 more sheets of phyllo on top, spraying each with nonstick coating. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Add remaining 2 sheets of phyllo, spraying each with nonstick coating.

Spoon filling along 1 long side of phyllo stack about 1-1/2 inches from edges. Fold in the short sides over the filling. Starting from the long side with filling, roll up jelly-roll style.

Place strudel, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Spray top with nonstick coating. Using a sharp knife, score into 8 slices, cutting through the top layer only. Sprinkle with remaining
Parmesan cheese.

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the strudel is golden. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. To serve, cut along scored lines into slices. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional facts per serving
calories: 182 , total fat: 5g , saturated fat: 1g , 
cholesterol: 4mg , sodium: 466mg , carbohydrate: 29g , fiber: 4g , protein: 8g , vitamin A: 156% , vitamin C: 158% , calcium: 14% , iron: 24% , 

diabetic exchange
starch: 1, vegetables: 3





4ME4MYKIDS
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Posts: 208
1/24/11 7:01 P

Spinach is a great replacement for lettuce in a sandwich.

Here is my favourite spinach salad (makes 2):

2 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup mandarin oranges packed in juice
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sliced red onions
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (optional)
Sometimes I make this as a meal by adding pre-cooked chicken.
Top with Kraft Signature mandarin orange with sesame dressing, or light creamy poppyseed.
Sometimes I make my own vinaigrette using 2 tsp olive oil (essential fats), 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, a dash of salt and pepper - and, for a little sweeter taste - add a dash of sugar or sweetener.

Enjoy!



RICCILYNN
Posts: 2,452
1/24/11 4:57 P

there is a delicious recipe on sparkrecipes for quinoa with spinach and garlic and feta cheese! absolutely YUMMY!!



HEEPER
Posts: 1,000
1/24/11 2:38 P

You can do lots of things with spinach!

You can chop up your spinach and saute it with some shopped onion on the stovetop for an easy side with dinner. Add a little milk and parmesean cheese for creamed spinach. Or add a spoonful of ricotta cheese and put it over pasta (that was my dinner last night!).

Or add some cooked chicken and have the spinach/onion mixture over rice.

You can also add chopped spinach to pasta sauce. Or add it to soups.

Use uncooked spinach in sandwiches instead of lettuce. Make a salad with chopped hard boiled egg and leftover cooked bacon.



JULIEBRU18
Posts: 79
1/24/11 1:59 P

I bought a bag of spinach thinking I would know what do with it. Does anyone have any good ideas besides the strawberry salad? I would do that but strawberries are not that great right now and spendy. An easy salad or something else.



 
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