35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach
I love frozen spinach — in fact, it's the only frozen vegetable that I regularly have on hand. It's healthy, easy to add to recipes, and cheap — especially if you buy it up when it's on sale. (See also: Best Credit Cards for Groceries)
If you're looking for new ways to use that block of spinach in your freezer, here are 35 great recipes to try.
Thin phyllo dough can be a little difficult to work with — but if the sheets break while you're constructing this delicious Greek dish, remember that they'll still bake up nice and crispy.
2. Quick Burritos
This is one of my go-to recipes when I don't have enough time to make a full meal. To make a burrito for one, combine ¼ of a can of black beans (rinsed), a cup of frozen spinach, and a small handful of shredded cheddar cheese. Heat, then wrap the mixture in a tortilla. (In addition to the frozen spinach, I also keep a package of cheese and a package of tortillas in the freezer for these).
3. Cream of Spinach Soup
4. Creamy, Cheesy Side Dish
This recipe combines frozen spinach with cream cheese for a decadent side.
5. Green Smoothies
Smoothies that combine fruit and greens are a great way to add vegetables to your diet. Many call for fresh greens, but that's not necessary — just check out this tropical green smoothie recipe.
6. Crockpot Spinach Casserole
7. Spinach Puff Pastry Appetizers
These little spirals are flaky, cheesy, and oh so good.
8. Spinach Pesto
You don't have to make pesto with basil. In fact, you can make it with almost any green — including frozen spinach.
9. Spinach Hamburgers
Add some flavor and nutrition to your bun with this recipe for hamburgers with spinach mixed in with the meat.
10. Spinach Gnocci
This simple spinach and ricotta gnocchi recipe sounds delicious for all ages, but the author especially recommends it for young children who are eating solid foods, but don't have all their teeth yet.
11. Baked Spinach / Spinach Gratin
Smitten Kitchen takes on Julia Child's spinach gratin, with a lighter-than-your-typical-gratin version.
12. Fresh Spinach Pasta
Like fresh homemade bread, there's something about fresh homemade pasta that just can't be replicated by store-bought. Try this homemade spinach pasta recipe that uses frozen spinach.
Frozen spinach helps make a mean and healthy (or at least healthier) casserole. Try this chicken and spinach casserole, an egg and spinach casserole (I bet it'd be great for breakfast), or this potato-spinach casserole.
14. Spinach Dip
I'm the person at the party who just stands by the spinach dip, practically breathing the stuff. This spinach dip recipe specifically calls for frozen instead of fresh.
15. Spinach Pizza Crust
If you like hiding vegetables places you wouldn't normally find them, this pizza dough with spinach inside is delicious (and pretty). Or, you can eliminate the flour altogether and make this cauliflower and spinach crust.
One of my mom's favorite recipes when I was young was her lasagna, which always had a layer of frozen spinach in it. Try this easy spinach lasagna from Chow.
17. Lentil Stew
18. Beef and Spinach Over Rice
About.com's Guide to Middle Eastern Food, Saad Fayed, says that this beef and spinach recipe is a great way to hide vegetables from wee ones.
19. Spinach Fritters
I'm especially interested in this Indian spinach-and-chickpea fritters recipe, which uses both whole chickpeas and chickpea flour. If you buy your chickpea flour at an Indian grocery (where it'll most likely be less expensive than at the health food store), it might also be called besan.
20. Spinach Mashed Potatoes
This seems like the perfect wintertime comfort food combination: garlic mashed potatoes with spinach.
21. Spinach and Artichoke Hummus
This hummus recipe is pitched as a healthier replacement for spinach artichoke dip, but I think it sounds delicious on its own. You can serve it cold or hot with melted cheese on top.
It's really hard to go wrong with a recipe from Smitten Kitchen — like this simple spinach-and-cheese quiche.
23. Quinoa Spinach Bake
Quinoa and spinach get a shot of additional protein thanks to cottage cheese in this baked meal.
24. Vegan Spinach Sandwich
Kaylah over at The Dainty Squid has instructions for a vegan spinach sandwich that combines the frozen stuff with herbs, spices, and a thick slather of veganaise. (See also: 25 Frugal Items for Your Vegan Grocery List)
25. Spinach Artichoke Chicken
OK, if it's not obvious by the fact that I'm including multiple recipes with it — I love the spinach-artichoke combination. This recipe puts spinach and artichokes over chicken.
26. Spinach and Poached Eggs
I have two versions for you here — indulgent eggs benedict, and super-indulgent deep-fried poached eggs with creamed spinach and Serrano ham.
27. Garlicky Shrimp and Spinach Bake
Not only does this garlicky shrimp and spinach bake look tasty, but it's also gluten-free.
28. Spinach Bars
These cheesy spinach bars are supposedly a great way to get kids to eat more spinach.
29. Stuffed Mushrooms
Another great pick from Smitten Kitchen — stuffed mushrooms with bacon and frozen spinach.
30 Healthy Spinach Soup
Super simple, this spinach soup would be great in the winter with a grilled cheese.
31. Spinach Calzones
I trust the recipes from King Arthur Flour — the folks there know what they're doing what it comes to baked goods. That's why I feel comfortable recommending this simple ricotta and spinach calzone recipe.
32. Greek Veggie Burgers
These veggie burgers from Better Homes and Gardens are flavored with feta and oregano.
33. Spinach Potato Nest Bites
These little hors d'oureves are crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.
34. Spinach Bread
35. Spinach Cake
Hey, people love zucchini bread and carrot cake — why not a spinach cake?
What's your favorite frozen spinach recipe?