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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

GREEN_EYES2 9/20/2019
Thanks for all the great ideas! Report
AIYANASMAMA 9/15/2019
thank you for the new ideas! Report
CHERYLHURT 9/11/2019
I can’t save any of these to Pinterest. Report
SUSANBEAMON 8/4/2019
When I was young, people wanted tp dose spinach with vinegar. I never understood that. Why spoil a good vegetable with nasty liquids? Report
SHOAPIE 7/31/2019
Just got some fresh spinach. Thanks for the ideas. Report
PATRICIA-CR 7/31/2019
😋😋😋 Report
LIDDY09 7/31/2019
Thanks Report
GETULLY 7/30/2019
Yummy! Report
SWEETEMTB 7/30/2019
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 7/30/2019
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 7/30/2019
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
BTINCHER2001 7/30/2019
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
BTRFLYDOG 7/30/2019
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
KNEESOCKS1945 7/30/2019
Great ideas here. Report
-POOKIE- 7/30/2019
Nice ideas! Report
MAREE1953 7/30/2019
Good ideas. I usually just add fresh spinach to my salad Report
AKELAZ 7/30/2019
Great recipes - love spinach and have it with everything so new ideas very welcome. Thanks. Report
CHERIRIDDELL 7/30/2019
Thank you Report
ELRIDDICK 5/27/2019
Thanks for sharing Report
JOCELYNH711 5/10/2019
Going to try the smoothie recipe Report
JOCELYNH711 5/10/2019
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
Thank you! I was expecting more spinach. I mean I thought that spinach would dominate the dishes. Report
Looks good! Report
I wouldn't mind trying some of those foods . Report
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
Amazing list of recipies. Great Variety! Report
Thanks for all the great ideas! Report
Thanks!! Report
SIMPLYDELIGHTED
What an impressive, delicious collection. Than,n you! Report
KHALIA2
Thank you for these great ideas! Report
NASFKAB
Great ideas very useful Report
Awesome variety of recipes. Just what I was looking for as I bought a BIG bundle of spinach. Report
I love spinach! Report
SUNSET09
The popsicle is an interesting twist, SparkFriend. I enjoy spinach cooked or raw. It’s delish. Report
This is great! I am always looking for new ways to use spinach. Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49
Awesome Recipes! Report
Thanks for an abundance of great-looking recipes!
I plan to try some ! Report
It all looks yummy will be trying. Report
I still prefer to have my spinach in my smoothies. Report
Yummy! Report
Thanks for the YUMMY recipes. Report
The strawberry spinach salad is a springtime favorite in my house (I leave out the cheese, though). Report
AZMOMXTWO
thank you Report
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