Seven Ways To Use That Container of Baby Spinach

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SpinachThese days, spinach doesn’t come in one overgrown bunch, it comes in a clamshell.  You know, those large, clear plastic containers stuffed with perfectly picked baby leaves.  I am sure you have bought one,  with ambitions to use all that green, only to have it slowly wilt away in your refrigerator.  You meant well, you really did.  Before you give up on spinach, one of the best foods around, let me give you some ideas, and recipes, of how to use it, before you lose it.

Smoothies. You can throw handfuls into a variety of green smoothies.  I love spinach in smoothies and because it is such agreenjuice mild tasting green, so doesn’t overpower the other fruits and vegetables.  A rule of thumb: use yellow and orange fruits with spinach, unless you don’t mind it looking a blah brown.  Here is a simple recipe for a Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.

Salad. Spring is the time for salads!  I especially like using baby spinach because it is more mild and is less gritty tasting than a larger bunch of spinach. Try this Strawberry Spinach Salad, it has some almonds, a little bit of goat cheese – delish!

Soup. I make it a habit to get greens in wherever I can, and throwing them into soups is a no brainer for me.  Any bean and vegetable soup, chicken soup, really any soup can handle a large handful of baby spinach.  It wilts right up and you will barely notice it, except for the double dose of nutrients you will receive.  Try this Cannelini Bean and Spinach soup today, filling, and filled with goodness!

Meatloaf. Interested in hiding vegetables in your kids food?  Or be straight up like me and tell them you have put spinach in their meatloaf, they honestly won’t even know the difference!  Whenever I get a request from one of my kids for turkey meatloaf, not only do I use spinach, but also, carrots, celery, onion and a whole host of fresh herbs.  It’s more like a veggie meatloaf, but what do they know?  Here is a Spinach Meatloaf recipe to get you started.

Dips. Spinach dip is an icon of the 1970’s, bread bowl and all, and I have managed to find many a healthier version of that gut bomb.  Because spinach is not very hearty it blends up very well (see smoothies).  Try this lighter version of the classic Spinach Dip at your next party.

Saute. Making a stir fry for dinner tonight?  Throw in a couple handfuls of baby spinach.  Wilts down to nothing.  If a recipe calls for a certain amount, feel free to add more, you will barely notice.  Here is a simple recipe for Chicken, Basil and Spinach stir fry.

Breakfast.  Spinach for breakfast? Of course!  Throw a handful into scrambled eggs or your next omelet.  Use it as a cushion for poached eggs instead of toast.  Drink a green smoothie to start your day right.  Here is a super simple scrambled egg recipe to get you inspired.

I usually buy two of those containers of organic greens a week so I get coerced into using them.  Now I want to hear from you, how do you use up an abundance of spinach (or any other vegetable for that matter) before it dies a slow death in your refrigerator?  Keep the conversation going in the comments below!

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16 comments to " Seven Ways To Use That Container of Baby Spinach "

  • Love those greens! Thank you for all these lovely recipes, Heather. I may have to try that soup today while it’s still cold and rainy.

  • I have baby spinach in the fridge – I must try some of these. Thank you.

  • Heather, you had me at hello! I buy those containers of beautiful well-intentioned, bountiful bunches of green – only to toss them at the end of the week, all wilted, and well, just sad. I shall bookmark this page and return again and again to visit your generous collection of recipes. Thank you!

  • My go-to for this is always smoothies, but I think I need to try that meatloaf! Yum! I’m finicky when it comes to meat, but if I disguise it as veggie meatloaf… :-)

  • Oh my gosh… in love with this as I have a bunch of spinach in my fridge and was thinking… what will I do with this to make it interesting…as we had a bunch left over from a soup… and then I came here to your post… LOVE LOVE LOVE

  • Love it! I use up my spinach sooo quick! Best green and most versatile. I love using it to make Saag Paneer – without the paneer ;)

  • Mmmmmm! So yummy Heather. I love spinach…in all sorts of combinations. Thanks for all these new ideas (and some old as I’m familiar with the 70s!!!). X.

  • Yummm, love spinach. Egg whites, and smoothies…yes! I must try the meatloaf gig. Great post! :)

  • I love spinach but I use it the SAME way every time – thank you for some new ideas! I pinned the recipes. Always looking for good salad ideas. Thank you!

  • I love using spinach whenever I can and for some reason I still think of Popeye when I pull it out of the fridge, getting stronger each time I eat it. Thanks for the great recipes!!!

  • Yup, whether spinach or the spring mix, those greens go into everything I make over a day or two. Thanks for adding some fresh ideas to the mix.

  • i just received a vitamix as an early birthday present, and i’m having the time of my life. i’ve never been a fan of cooked spinach, so who knew i would ever buy a whole bag of baby spinach? now it’s a constant on my grocery list! thank you so much, heather, for these wonderful ideas that go far beyond smoothies.

  • Have to love spinach. I use it on a regular basis. It’s definitely a staple in my home! Thanks for the great recipes, I will have to give some them a try.

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