Spinach is one of the most convenient, go-with-anything, and healthy vegetables out there. Frozen spinach is pre-cleaned, available in chopped or leaf form and is versatile in recipes throughout the year. It’s also a great vegetable to sneak into your family’s every day dishes to boost the vitamins and minerals without altering the taste.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin C and more.
While fresh spinach is best, frozen spinach is a great option all year. When using frozen spinach, take the boxes out of the freezer a day or two in advance and place them in a bowl in the refrigerator. Before adding spinach to a recipe, press out excess moisture either in a colander or in small batches using a potato ricer.
This versatile ingredient can be used in simple recipes, including:
- Dips or Spreads: Combine spinach with reduced-fat cream cheese, parmesan and fresh herbs; then puree. Serve chilled or baked and use whole grain crackers, fresh vegetables or a crusty bread for dipping.
- Simple, Hearty Soups: Sauté an onion, carrots and celery. Add boxed or canned broth, then supplement with legumes or grains. Add defrosted spinach during the last ten minutes of the soup cooking – makes a killer minestrone or white bean and spinach chowder.
- Spanish Torte or Omelet: Sauté onions and garlic, add beaten eggs, add chopped and cooked potato and spinach. Finish with your favorite cheese, and cook eggs like an open-faced omelet. This can be enjoyed as a brunch or breakfast dish or as a filling and healthy dinner.