Spinach

How are things going with you? Things here are still busy but are settling down a bit. How did you like last week's post? Did you try any ideas from the list? I actually really enjoyed the challenge of providing a list of ideas instead of just one recipe, so I am going to continue along the same vein this week.

As you know I pre-plan and prepare my meals on the weekend so that I am all ready for the work week. Unfortunately sometimes I buy too much or make too little and I need to readjust my menu. This week I found myself with a wayward bag of spinach, which in all honesty isn't all that unusual. I normally will have a bag in my fridge because it is so versatile. This week's post will touch on just a few of the many things that I do with this easy to prepare vegetable.

1) Grab some eggs and whip up a spinach and cheddar omelette. If you have left over broccoli, mushrooms or peppers they make a great addition.

2) Toss some into a Buddha Bowl for a healthy dinner.

3) I often will substitute spinach for kale in this amazing quinoa dish from the New York Times.

4) Spinach salad is a classic lunchtime option. This Greek version is a staple in my lunchbox.

5) Spinach makes a great addition to stir-fries. For a fast dinner cook up some rice and grab a frozen Asian veggie blend from your local grocery store. Toss together with some spinach, tofu and you favorite sauce for a healthy weeknight meal.

6) I love putting spinach in my chana masala

7) For an easy side dish I like to saute some garlic, onions and spinach together with a little grainy mustard.

8) Make a pasta salad with spinach, pesto, feta and shrimp. If you are not planning on eating it right away leave the spinach on the side and toss in just before serving.

9) Add a boost of iron to your tacos by using spinach instead of lettuce.

10) Spruce up weekend breakfasts by serving eggs Florentine; English muffins with spinach, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.  If the idea of making Hollandaise is intimidating, just skip it altogether and add goat cheese instead. 

11) Add some green to pasta nights by throwing some spinach into your spaghetti and meatballs or tuna noodle casserole

12) Make a chicken Caesar wrap for lunch using spinach instead of Romaine lettuce. 

This list really could go on and on. Spinach can be substituted for other greens in most recipes. It's also really easy to add a handful into most soups, stews and pasta dishes. If you have low iron or are vegetarian using spinach is a really easy way to bump up the iron in your diet.

What's your favorite way to use spinach?

Alexandra