Spinach is the new Fast Food
Since pre-washed, pre-packaged Baby Spinach hit the grocery store shelves, healthy eating couldn’t get any easier. Baby spinach is tender and delicious. If you’re not used to eating greens, this is the best place to start. You can add spinach to almost any meal. It cooks in a flash. Kids love it, and my three-year old pointed out that he doesn’t need a fork because the leaves have their own little handles.
You can add a handful of spinach to almost anything you’re already making.
1. Making a sandwich, pita or wrap?
Stuff it with spinach. This works for a traditional sandwich, a hummus sandwich, or even a breakfast sandwich. One of our favorites is a toasted english muffin or flatbread with chipotle or sriracha hummus, a fried egg, and a big pile of fresh spinach.
2. Making a smoothie?
Drop a handful of spinach into your blender. You might not even notice it. It’s a good idea to blend the spinach with your wet ingredients first before adding your frozen fruit and thickening it up. You can hide it in a berry-banana smoothie, or you can highlight it in a beautiful green smoothie!
- Try a Mango-Spinach Smoothie.
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup plant milk (almond, coconut, or soy)
- 1 cup frozen mango (increase or decrease to your taste)
- 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
3. Making soup?
Line the bottom of your bowl with spinach before adding hot soup (for wilted, cooked spinach), or drop a handful on top of your warm soup for a slightly crunchier effect. You can even add it to hot, creamy soups (like potato or celery) just before puréeing.
4. Making lasagna?
Add a thick layer of chopped spinach mixed with cottage, ricotta, or mozzarella cheese. Packaged, frozen spinach works great for this too.
5. Making an egg or tofu scramble?
Throw the spinach in at the very end, and let it cook for a few seconds.
6. Making an omelette?
Stir spinach into your sautéed vegetables, and let it wilt just before you pour the eggs in.
7. Making a dip?
I think that Spinach and Artichoke Dip did more for Spinach’s reputation than Popeye ever could. If you make creamy, cheesy, delicious dips, consider stirring in some lightly sautéed spinach. You can’t go wrong.
What’s your favorite way to eat up the spinach in your fridge?
Share it with us in the comments below.