Is anything worse than throwing out half a bag of fresh spinach, because it went south when you couldn’t find a use for it? It is almost impossible to buy “just enough” for one recipe, and I really do love fresh spinach. It is just so wasteful to toss half of it because it turned the corner into ickyville.
In cold weather months, I make a big batch of Minestrone Soup about once every two-three weeks, and often have the very best intentions when I buy that bag of pretty green leaves… only to discover the leftovers a week later, and grieve its loss. So, I sat down tonight with a cup of my new favorite tea and made a list of 5 worthy recipes using fresh spinach. Here we go!
Spinach Artichoke Pasta by The Pioneer Woman: This is amazing, really and truly. If you love spinach artichoke dips (obviously you do, it’s also amazing) The Pioneer Woman has discovered a way to make a legitimate dinner out of it. This is delicious, and our kids even ate it! Also check out her recipe for The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip Ever.
Minestrone Soup by Painting Sunny: My own version of minestrone soup, this is healthy, very affordable, vegan (don’t let that be a turn-off), and makes enough to freeze for many a meal. Fresh spinach is what makes this soup reach a whole new level of deliciousness and wholesomeness. That’s a lot of ness, right there.
Vegetarian Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna by Simply Recipes: This looks amazing. Full disclosure, I haven’t tried this recipe yet. For years I’ve used the Barilla No Boil Lasagna Noodle recipe from the box, and just substituted vegetables in place of the Italian sausage. Usually, I use spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, and maybe a red or yellow bell pepper. Ms. Bauer’s version looks looooovely, and will be utilized the next time I get a craving for a big hearty Italian dish. It does call for frozen spinach, but I’m thinking fresh would fit in alright, don’t you?
Scrambled Egg Quesadillas by Painting Sunny: This is a staple in our household. We practically have a quota of how many of these we eat on Monday nights. I love adding fresh spinach and maybe a little artichoke heart to mine, to kick up the flavor. Affordable, quick, and family-friendly: a triple-threat. This is the Jennifer Hudson of recipes.
Asparagus, Spinach & Feta Quiche by Two Peas & Their Pod: This is one other recipe I haven’t tried yet, but I am excited to have found. I’ve made spinach quiche before… and it always called for frozen spinach, and always turned out… well, weird. This recipe calls for fresh spinach, and looks like a fantasy of weekend morning brunches. Their Green Smoothie recipe is also intriguing… I just need an appliance that makes smoothies first.
Well, that’s a wrap. A spinach wrap, really. Anything else I’ve left off? Fresh spinach is such a versatile ingredient, really, this list could blow up to 10, 20, or more I’m sure… Keep calm and cook on!
PS: What is that new favorite tea you ask? I’m obsessed. It is Sweet Cinnamon Spice Herbal Tea by Private Selection (Kroger brand). It tastes like melted red hots candy but not quite as hot and sweet, and more tea-like. Clearly, impossible to describe.
PPS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Keepin’ it real.