Spinach has an undeserved reputation as a boring vegetable. In truth, though, it’s only boring if you don’t have the right recipes. Spinach can be delicious when you have interesting ways in which to prepare it. Check out 10 ideas to try this summer.
1. Spinach omelet
Wash some spinach and throw it in a frying pan over high heat. When the leaves wilt after a minute, wash again, chop, season with salt and pepper, and set aside. Break 2 eggs into a bowl and whip them until they are frothy. Add in 1/4 cup milk, salt and pepper, and whisk thoroughly. Heat an omelet pan, add olive oil, and pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top after a minute, and then add the spinach.
2. Spinach yogurt soup
Wash some spinach and wilt in a frying pan. Chop and set aside. Crush some garlic and add some salt. Mix in with yogurt, mint, salt, pepper, lemon and chopped walnuts. Stir into the spinach, chill in the refrigerator and serve.
3. Sautéed spinach
Add mushrooms to olive oil in a skillet and brown. Turn the heat down and add in thyme, garlic, pepper and salt. After about a minute, add chopped spinach and stir for a couple of minutes. Serve as a hot salad.
4. Spinach salad
Chop up an onion, tomatoes, pepper, olives, cucumber, dill and mint. Dress in lemon juice, season with salt and toss. Add feta cheese, chill in the refrigerator for a while, and serve cold.
5. Spinach dip
Roast 4 cloves of garlic for 20 minutes in an oven, at 350°F. Take the baking dish out and allow it to cool. Mix spinach, a few artichoke hearts, Parmesan, mozzarella and cream cheeses and pasta sauce. Place in an oven and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F or until the cheese melts. Serve hot.
6. Spinach cheese ball
Mix spinach, chestnuts, vegetable soup mix, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese and water in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until it turns as thick as dough. Roll it into balls, stud with chopped walnuts and wrap in kitchen wrap. Refrigerate overnight and serve with crackers.
7. Spinach quiche
Heat a skillet and sauté onion and garlic in it for about 5 minutes. Chop up 10 oz. spinach, mushrooms, feta cheese and shredded cheddar, and mix in. Season with pepper and salt. Partially fill a pie crust with it. Whisk 1 cup of milk and 4 eggs together, season with pepper and salt and add to the spinach mixture in the pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes, add cheddar cheese and bake another 40 minutes. Allow the quiche to cool for 10 minutes before you serve it.
8. Spinach strawberry salad
Chop up spinach and strawberries and toss together in a bowl. Whisk olive oil, white wine vinegar, pepper, salt, sesame seeds, sugar and poppy seeds together, and dress the salad with it. Serve cold, topped with feta cheese.
9. Chicken breast stuffed with spinach
Heat spinach in the microwave until the leaves wilt a bit. Mix with pepperjack cheese, sour cream and garlic. Take out a package of skinless and boneless chicken breasts and pound them to flatten them. Spread some of the spinach mixture on each and roll it up, wrapped with bacon. Use toothpicks to have hold of the arrangement in place. Bake at 500°F for half an hour until the chicken browns.
10. Spinach lasagna
Sauté onion, basil, oregano and garlic with 10 oz. spinach in olive oil. Mix in 10 oz. spaghetti sauce and water. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes. Pick up a bowl and mix mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and cottage cheese to make 10 oz. Add parsley, pepper, salt and 1 egg in it. Pick up a lasagna pan and apply a small quantity of the spinach mixture to the bottom. Place three lasagna noodles on it, and layer with the cheese mix. Continue to alternate with noodles, cheese mix and spinach mix until you have five or six layers. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for an hour.
Spinach can be part of practically any kind of food. You simply need to find a recipe that’s done creatively enough to bring out the taste. Do you know any other spinach recipes?