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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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.

SUNSHINECOOKIE

5/1/2014 3:30:52 PM

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I roll it with my cold cuts and use it like bread.

Little bite size sandwiches.

YVETTEB57

5/1/2014 1:04:16 PM

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Love the Easy Appitizer (spinich) and the spinich and scrambled egg ideas. Gone try the egg one tomorrow!

PSCHIAVONE2

5/1/2014 12:46:04 PM

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I just eat it right out of the bag. One leaf at a time.

DAISYPETAL

5/1/2014 11:51:30 AM

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I love spinach now that I am OLDER. :) And this is a perfect example of all the variety it can serve us with. Go Spinach!

SALTYGUNNY

5/1/2014 8:53:12 AM

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Yummy Friday night Regular

BRAKAI02

5/1/2014 8:27:47 AM

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I love to make strawberry spinach salad. I use spinach instead of lettuce on sandwiches.

MOIMAGGIE

5/1/2014 7:47:24 AM

Thanks for the tip Loozinittoo.
I puree lots of greens into my soups....lettuce, sprouts etc ... when I can't eat them fast enough and they're on the brink of going bad.

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...

BLONDIEREV

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

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