spinach http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/18321/all en-US 35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-3484787-small.jpg" alt="spinach" title="spinach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love frozen spinach &mdash; in fact, it&#39;s the only frozen vegetable that I regularly have on hand. It&#39;s healthy, easy to add to recipes, and cheap &mdash; especially if you buy it up when it&#39;s on sale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for new ways to use that block of spinach in your freezer, here are 35 great recipes to try.</p> <h2>1. Spanikopita</h2> <p>Thin phyllo dough can be a little difficult to work with &mdash; but if the sheets break while you&#39;re constructing <a href="http://greekfood.about.com/od/pansizedpies/r/Spinach-Pie-With-Feta-Spanakopita.htm"> this delicious Greek dish</a>, remember that they&#39;ll still bake up nice and crispy.</p> <h2>2. Quick Burritos</h2> <p>This is one of my go-to recipes when I don&#39;t have enough time to make a full meal. To make a burrito for one, combine &frac14; 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).</p> <h2>3. Cream of Spinach Soup</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/frspinach-3964276-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Try this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cream_of_spinach_soup/"> cream of spinach soup</a> &mdash; or you can always pump up the nutritional value of another soup recipe by adding frozen spinach. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a>)</p> <h2>4. Creamy, Cheesy Side Dish</h2> <p>This recipe <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/easy-cheesy-spinach-recipe/index.html"> combines frozen spinach with cream cheese</a> for a decadent side.</p> <h2>5. Green Smoothies</h2> <p>Smoothies that combine fruit and greens are a great way to add vegetables to your diet. Many call for fresh greens, but that&#39;s not necessary &mdash; just check out this <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/03/tropical-green-smoothie.html"> tropical green smoothie recipe</a>.</p> <h2>6. Crockpot Spinach Casserole</h2> <p>This <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/spinach/r/bl21119a.htm"> bread-and-spinach casserole</a> includes instructions for both the stove and crockpot, so you can set it to be ready when you come home from work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">35 Vegetarian Crockpot Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>7. Spinach Puff Pastry Appetizers</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.puffpastry.com/recipe/24044/spinach-cheese-swirls">little spirals</a> are flaky, cheesy, and oh so good.</p> <h2>8. Spinach Pesto</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/frspinach-5069114-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>You don&#39;t have to make pesto with basil. In fact, you can make it with almost any green &mdash; including <a href="http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2008/05/14/spinach-pesto/"> frozen spinach</a>.</p> <h2>9. Spinach Hamburgers</h2> <p>Add some flavor and nutrition to your bun with this recipe for <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/holiday-spinach-hamburgers-272625"> hamburgers with spinach mixed in</a> with the meat.</p> <h2>10. Spinach Gnocci</h2> <p>This simple <a href="http://weelicious.com/2008/08/19/spinach-gnocch-wee/"> spinach and ricotta gnocchi recipe</a> sounds delicious for all ages, but the author especially recommends it for young children who are eating solid foods, but don&#39;t have all their teeth yet.</p> <h2>11. Baked Spinach / Spinach Gratin</h2> <p>Smitten Kitchen takes on <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/03/the-best-baked-spinach/"> Julia Child&#39;s spinach gratin</a>, with a lighter-than-your-typical-gratin version.</p> <h2>12. Fresh Spinach Pasta</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/frspinach-4075307-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Like fresh homemade bread, there&#39;s something about fresh homemade pasta that just can&#39;t be replicated by store-bought. Try this <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/05/spinach-pasta/"> homemade spinach pasta recipe</a> that uses frozen spinach.</p> <h2>13. Casseroles</h2> <p>Frozen spinach helps make a mean and healthy (or at least healthier) casserole. Try this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=571397"> chicken and spinach casserole</a>, an <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/egg-and-spinach-casserole/"> egg and spinach casserole</a> (I bet it&#39;d be great for breakfast), or this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/potato-spinach-casserole/"> potato-spinach casserole</a>.</p> <h2>14. Spinach Dip</h2> <p>I&#39;m the person at the party who just stands by the spinach dip, practically breathing the stuff. This <a href="http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/spinach-dip-in-bread-bowl-recipe/1/"> spinach dip recipe</a> specifically calls for frozen instead of fresh.</p> <h2>15. Spinach Pizza Crust</h2> <p>If you like hiding vegetables places you wouldn&#39;t normally find them, this <a href="http://get-healthy-feel-awesome.tumblr.com/post/16097180362/spinach-pizza-dough"> pizza dough with spinach inside</a> is delicious (and pretty). Or, you can eliminate the flour altogether and make this <a href="http://www.theroadlessprocessed.net/2013/04/best-ever-cauliflower-spinach-pizza.html"> cauliflower and spinach crust</a>.</p> <h2>16. Lasagna</h2> <p>One of my mom&#39;s favorite recipes when I was young was her lasagna, which always had a layer of frozen spinach in it. Try this <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30277-easy-spinach-lasagna"> easy spinach lasagna</a> from Chow.</p> <h2>17. Lentil Stew</h2> <p>Perfect for a meatless winter meal, <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Spinach-Lentil-Stew"> lentil stew with spinach</a> is warm and filling. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-cheap-lentil-recipes">25 Tasty and Affordable Lentil Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>18. Beef and Spinach Over Rice</h2> <p>About.com&#39;s Guide to Middle Eastern Food, Saad Fayed, says that this <a href="http://mideastfood.about.com/od/beef/r/spinach_meat.htm"> beef and spinach recipe</a> is a great way to hide vegetables from wee ones.</p> <h2>19. Spinach Fritters</h2> <p>I&#39;m especially interested in this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/young-suns-indian-spinach-and-chickpea-fritters-recipe/index.html"> Indian spinach-and-chickpea fritters</a> recipe, which uses both whole chickpeas and chickpea flour. If you buy your chickpea flour at an Indian grocery (where it&#39;ll most likely be less expensive than at the health food store), it might also be called <em>besan</em>.</p> <h2>20. Spinach Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>This seems like the perfect wintertime comfort food combination: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/garlic-mashed-potatoes-with-spinach-recipe2/index.html"> garlic mashed potatoes with spinach</a>.</p> <h2>21. Spinach and Artichoke Hummus</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/01/spinach-and-artichoke-hummus.html"> hummus recipe</a> 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.</p> <h2>22. Quiche</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/frspinach-27974-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>It&#39;s really hard to go wrong with a recipe from Smitten Kitchen &mdash; like this simple <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/10/ah-ha-ha-come-and-take-my-hand/"> spinach-and-cheese quiche</a>.</p> <h2>23. Quinoa Spinach Bake</h2> <p>Quinoa and spinach get a shot of additional protein thanks to cottage cheese in <a href="http://www.wholeliving.com/133027/quinoa-spinach-bake"> this baked meal</a>.</p> <h2>24. Vegan Spinach Sandwich</h2> <p>Kaylah over at The Dainty Squid has instructions for a <a href="http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2012/04/spinach-sandwich-recipe.html"> vegan spinach sandwich</a> that combines the frozen stuff with herbs, spices, and a thick slather of veganaise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>25. Spinach Artichoke Chicken</h2> <p>OK, if it&#39;s not obvious by the fact that I&#39;m including multiple recipes with it &mdash; I love the spinach-artichoke combination. This recipe <a href="http://www.emilybites.com/2013/01/skinny-spinach-artichoke-chicken.html"> puts spinach and artichokes over chicken</a>.</p> <h2>26. Spinach and Poached Eggs</h2> <p>I have two versions for you here &mdash; indulgent <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/eggs-benedict-with-canadian-bacon-and-spinach-recipe/index.html"> eggs benedict</a>, and super-indulgent <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Deep-Fried-Poached-Eggs-with-Creamed-Spinach-and-Serrano-Ham-236721"> deep-fried poached eggs with creamed spinach and Serrano ham</a>.</p> <h2>27. Garlicky Shrimp and Spinach Bake</h2> <p>Not only does this <a href="http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/10/garlicky-shrimp-and-spinach-bake.html"> garlicky shrimp and spinach bake</a> look tasty, but it&#39;s also gluten-free.</p> <h2>28. Spinach Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/spinach_bars.htm"> cheesy spinach bars</a> are supposedly a great way to get kids to eat more spinach.</p> <h2>29. Stuffed Mushrooms</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/frspinach-5339089-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Another great pick from Smitten Kitchen &mdash; <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/12/just-a-few-bites/"> stuffed mushrooms with bacon and frozen spinach</a>.</p> <h2>30 Healthy Spinach Soup</h2> <p>Super simple, this <a href="http://cleananddelicious.com/2010/03/09/simply_spinach_frozen_soup/"> spinach soup</a> would be great in the winter with a grilled cheese.</p> <h2>31. Spinach Calzones</h2> <p>I trust the recipes from King Arthur Flour &mdash; the folks there know what they&#39;re doing what it comes to baked goods. That&#39;s why I feel comfortable recommending this simple <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/spinach-ricotta-calzone-recipe"> ricotta and spinach calzone recipe</a>.</p> <h2>32. Greek Veggie Burgers</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipe/beef/greek-spinach-veggie-burgers/">veggie burgers</a> from Better Homes and Gardens are flavored with feta and oregano.</p> <h2>33. Spinach Potato Nest Bites</h2> <p>These little <a href="http://mayihavethatrecipe.com/2012/03/26/not-just-for-passover-recipes-part-2-spinach-potato-nest-bites/"><em>hors d&#39;oureves</em> are crunchy</a> on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.</p> <h2>34. Spinach Bread</h2> <p>You can make a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-spinach-bread/"> quick-and-easy version</a> that uses premade pizza dough, or try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-bread/"> bread-machine spinach loaf</a>.</p> <h2>35. Spinach Cake</h2> <p>Hey, people love zucchini bread and carrot cake &mdash; why not a <a href="http://zesterdaily.com/cooking/spinach-cake-dessert-recipe/"> spinach cake</a>?</p> <p><em>What&#39;s your favorite frozen spinach recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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