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

DJ4HEALTH 10/10/2018
thanks Report
CHRISINMIAMI 9/19/2018
Well, I do like spinach. I should try something different. Report
1CRAZYDOG 9/19/2018
lovely recipes! Report
FITWITHIN 9/19/2018
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
97MONTY 9/18/2018
Thanks now, i'll by more spinach so I can try some of those recipes Report
CHERYLHURT 9/18/2018
Thabks Report
CHRISINMIAMI 9/6/2018
Thank you! I was expecting more spinach. I mean I thought that spinach would dominate the dishes. Report
JEWELZEE- 9/6/2018
Looks good! Report
CECELW 9/5/2018
I wouldn't mind trying some of those foods . Report
JUSTFURKIDS 9/5/2018
Mmmm... adding spinach to the shopping list and direct sowing a fall crop of spinach seeds today! Thanks for the reminder and all the great recipes! :-) Report
GABY1948 9/5/2018
Great Report
GETULLY 9/5/2018
Amazing list of recipies. Great Variety! Report
RHOOK20047 9/5/2018
Thanks for all the great ideas! Report
MNABOY 8/20/2018
Thanks!! Report
SIMPLYDELIGHTED 8/14/2018
What an impressive, delicious collection. Than,n you! Report
KHALIA2 8/10/2018
Thank you for these great ideas! Report
NASFKAB 8/7/2018
Great ideas very useful Report
PWILLOW1 8/6/2018
Awesome variety of recipes. Just what I was looking for as I bought a BIG bundle of spinach. Report
NELLJONES 8/5/2018
I love spinach! Report
SUNSET09 8/4/2018
The popsicle is an interesting twist, SparkFriend. I enjoy spinach cooked or raw. It’s delish. Report
TWISTEDSESTRA 8/4/2018
This is great! I am always looking for new ways to use spinach. Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49 8/2/2018
Awesome Recipes! Report
2BDYNAMIC 8/2/2018
Thanks for an abundance of great-looking recipes!
I plan to try some ! Report
ERICALEAHA 8/1/2018
It all looks yummy will be trying. Report
BONNIE1552 8/1/2018
I still prefer to have my spinach in my smoothies. Report
GETULLY 8/1/2018
Yummy! Report
MSROZZIE 8/1/2018
Thanks for the YUMMY recipes. Report
TERRIC853 8/1/2018
The strawberry spinach salad is a springtime favorite in my house (I leave out the cheese, though). Report
AZMOMXTWO 8/1/2018
thank you Report
97MONTY 8/1/2018
Great ideas Report
SIMPLYDELIGHTED 8/1/2018
Thanks for some wonderful ideas and pictures! Can't wait to go to the store for fresh spinach! Report
PICKIE98 8/1/2018
I like to call it the "sneaky vegetable" because you can put it in almost anything without noticing! Report
RAPUNZEL53 8/1/2018
Thanks. Report
AMYRCMK 8/1/2018
Thank you Report
JSELLINGTON 8/1/2018
As much as I hate spinach, I think I will try some of these recipes. Report
CAROLYNINJOY1 8/1/2018
Thanks for a wide variety of recipes. Report
NEPTUNE1939 8/1/2018
TY Report
HMBROWN1 8/1/2018
Mmmm! Sitting having my first coffee - now I am starving - LOL! Report
HEALTHYANDFIT27 8/1/2018
Great article! Recipes look delicious! Thank you! Report
LIS193 8/1/2018
Great ideas! Report
EO4WELLNESS 7/31/2018
What a fabulous article! When ever I need to fast for any reason, I love to have some sauteed spinach for my breaking-the-fast meal...as a bit of spinach, cooked, meets a lot, if not all (depending on what I pair it with fats/protein wise) for the day in one spiffy meal. Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL 7/31/2018
wow. and i love spinach!! Report
ANHELIC 7/31/2018
Awesome recipes to try. Report