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The Best Vegetarian Spinach Recipes (+ How to Preserve Spinach)

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We all have that lonely bag of spinach in our fridge that we can never seem to finish. This post is all about how to use it up and be happy you did.

I try to buy a container of spinach every week to try and get through. Sometimes it succeeds and other times in fails. If I ever have too much, I reach for a few key recipes that I know will help me use it up.

What is spinach and why should you eat it?

Spinach is a leafy green that is actually part of the amaranth family (along with beets and quinoa).

Spinach is a low calories vegetable but it is very high if fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Some of them including Vitamin A, K1, Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium. The antioxidants in spinach may also improve eye health.

Can you preserve spinach?

My favorite way to preserve spinach is to cook it and freeze it. This saves space in the freezer and makes it easy to use in future recipes. There are other methods such and drying/dehydrating but I don’t seem to get much use out of those methods.

Here is how to freeze preserve spinach:

  1. Add spinach to a pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove spinach with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water to cool.
  3. Squeeze out excess moisture, add it to a freezer bag, and place in the freezer.

How to eat more spinach?

The easiest way to eat more spinach it to wilt it down into a meal. Spinach shrinks drastically when cooked. Add it to a pasta recipe or throw a handful into a soup. Once it is wilted you’ll barely even know it’s there.

Another thing you can do with fresh spinach is add it into your smoothies. Once it is broken down it blends with the flavor of the smoothie. Make sure to pair it with something sweet like strawberries.

Best Vegetarian Spinach Recipes

Saag Aloo - Sigsbee Street

This recipe uses frozen spinach so it is easy to put together for a weeknight meal.

Spinach Coconut Curry Soup - Sigsbee Street

This soup uses a whole pound of spinach. It wilts down into a creamy spiced soup that will get you all your spinach needs.

Spinach soup in a small bowl.

Spinach and Red Pepper Quiche - Sigsbee Street

When making this quiche you cook up a bunch of veggies before adding in your egg mixture. This lets you add a good amount of spinach to cook down.

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Apples and Pecans - Sigsbee Street

A spinach salad is a great way to add some fresh spinach into your diet. This is one of my favorite sweet and salty salads.

Spinach salad topped with apples and pecans.

Spinach and Feta Pastry Breakfast Sandwich - Sigsbee Street

This is such an easy breakfast recipe. The egg filling is creamy with pieces of wilted spinach and tangy feta.

Spinach and feta breakfast sandwich.

Spinach Salad with Creamy Balsamic - Eating Bird Food

Stovetop Spinach Artichoke Dip - Bon Appetit

Spinach Lasagna Roll ups - Budget Bytes

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