We all know from our childhoods that Popeye the Sailor Man was “strong to the finish ‘cause he ate his spinach.” Well, you don’t have to be Popeye to know that spinach is amazing and on July 16th, we get to celebrate this awesome leafy green because it’s Fresh Spinach Day!
This dark, leafy green is available year-round, and it’s super-healthy. Spinach is one of the best sources of iron and is also filled with nutrients such as folate, lutein, calcium, fiber, protein and vitamins A, C, E and K. It’s packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants and can help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.
Spinach is so versatile; you can eat it raw or cooked and add it to practically any dish. It works in salads, soups, pastas, dips, or on its own as a healthy and delicious side dish. Check out 30 Flippin’ Cool Ways to Eat Spinach and 20 Recipes, So Good No One Will Have to Tell You to Eat Your Spinach. If you want even more ideas, you’ve come to the right place because here are 20 more unique ways to enjoy eating spinach.
1. Spinach Dip Crescent Roll Ring
A must-have at any party, this Spinach Dip Crescent Roll Ring is just delicious. Creamy, garlicky spinach dip is wrapped in crescent rolls and then baked until the rolls are crispy and golden, and the dip is warm. It’s so easy to make, you may as well make two because it’ll disappear fast.
2. Ginger Mushrooms and Spinach
For an aromatic and flavorful plant-based dinner, you must try this Ginger Mushrooms and Spinach entrée. In it, tender and meaty mushrooms are marinated in ginger paste and coconut aminos for a rich, dark, and salty taste. The sautéed spinach soaks up all of the delicious juices and the toasted sesame seeds add a lovely crunch as well.
3. Spinach Tomato Quiche Tarts
Creamy spinach, savory sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh herbs come together in these delicious Spinach Tomato Quiche Tarts. They are perfect for lunch with a small salad on the side or just to bring to picnics as a snack. Everyone will love these tarts so much; they will become part of your weekly menu.
4. Wild Spinach and Asparagus Salad
Bright, colorful, light, and crunchy, this Wild Spinach and Asparagus Salad is perfect. Asparagus ribbons, radishes, rainbow carrots, and whimsical chive blossoms are strewn atop a bed of nutrient-dense micro greens. A tangy tahini dressing ties all the different flavors together.
5. Russet Potatoes With Creamy Spinach and Ramp Sauce
Baked potatoes are a healthy and filling choice, but when they come with a special sauce like these Russet Potatoes With Creamy Spinach and Ramp Sauce, they are absolutely amazing. This beautifully presented entrée is composed of soft, tender potatoes accompanied by a garlicky spinach and ramp sauce that’s given a creamy touch with vegan sour cream.
6. Kiwi Spinach Popsicles
If you’re trying to sneak some veggies into your diet, try putting spinach in your dessert. Try these Kiwi Spinach Popsicles. The kiwi adds both sweet and tangy tastes. They’re super easy to make, and they’re made with delicious, wholesome ingredients so you can feel good about giving these to the kids.
7. Fat-Free Spinach and Broccoli Patties
These Fat-Free Spinach and Broccoli Patties are healthier, easy-to-make tikkis, also known as Indian croquettes, that are made from spinach broccoli, and chickpea flour. These patties are crispy on the outside with soft and chewy texture inside. Ready in less than 20 minutes, they’re perfect as an appetizer or snack served with chutney or any creamy dip.
8. Chickpea and Spinach Burger
These Chickpea and Spinach Burgers are big on spice, with garlic, ginger, cardamom, and chili powder doing most of the work. They’re easy, gluten-free burgers that won’t fall apart on you, thanks to the power combo of chickpea flour and flaxseeds. Try topping them with more fresh spinach instead of the usual lettuce.
Spanakopita is a Greek savory filo dough pie filled with spinach and cheese. Here, vegan mozzarella cheese and lemony Spinach come together to form this delicious, flaky, and buttery pie. This is super delicious, healthy and makes a satisfying meal.
10. Spinach and Bean Chipotle Casserole
For a hearty meal that only takes a half hour to make, look no further than this Spinach and Bean Chipotle Casserole. It’s loaded with iron and protein and drenched in delicious tomato-y goodness. Serve this casserole with fresh coriander sprinkled on top and with some crusty bread to soak up all the tasty juices!
11. Pistachio Cake
This Pistachio Cake is amazing in every way. It has good-for-you ingredients like pistachios and spinach, it is easy-to-make, doesn’t require any fancy devices, and looks absolutely beautiful! Despite the short list of ingredients and minimal sugar, this cake bursts with flavor. Everyone will love this unique take on dessert.
12. Spinach and Basil White Pizza
Pizza night just got even better with this Spinach and Basil White Pizza. This white pizza combines creamy almond-based béchamel sauce, tofu ricotta, and a sprinkling of vegan mozzarella. Fresh spinach and basil leaves add a little green to this easy Italian dish. With three different types of cheeses, what’s not to love?!
13. Raw Spinach Cheesecake
Have you ever enjoyed a savory cheesecake? It’s pretty much a complete meal in cake form! This Raw Spinach Cheesecake includes a delicious sun-dried tomato and sunflower seed crust, cashew cheese filling, and spinach. It’s also flecked with nutritional yeast for some added cheesy goodness. We guarantee you’ve never had a cheesecake like this!
14. White Bean and Spinach Ragu
When you get home late and need a quick dinner, don’t get take-out; make this White Bean and Spinach Ragu instead. This ragu is a no-fuss, quick recipe that’s great for busy weeknights and weekends. The addition of protein-packed white beans adds texture while leaving room for the tomato sauce to shine. As for the spinach, it adds color as well as a taste of green!
15. Baked Creamed Spinach
One of the best feelings is finding a recipe that is truly a healthy hack on a comfort food favorite. This Baked Creamed Spinach is just that. It’s composed of sautéed spinach and onions, with a deliciously creamy cashew cheese sauce, and sprinkled with crushed cashews and nutritional yeast for optimal cheesiness. Enjoy by the spoonful or on a piece of crunchy bread.
16. Spinach Ravioli
These Spinach Ravioli are warm, delicious, and super fun to make! In addition to spinach, the filling includes softened cashews which lend it a buttery, creamy, and slightly cheesy flavor. Top these with your favorite marinara sauce and feel free to save some extra cashews to chop and toss on top too.
17. Healthy Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta
Why make the same old boring pasta again when you can make this Healthy Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta instead? The pesto has a richer, deeper flavor and color because it’s made with spinach and walnuts instead of the usual basil and pine nuts. Roasted tomatoes add a flash of vibrant red and a sweet, savory flavor. Pasta should always be this colorful and delicious.
This Raw Spinach and Carrot Soup is perfect for a warm day. It’s made creamy with avocado which balances out the green earthiness of the spinach, while carrots add just a hint of sweetness. This soup can be warmed just slightly if you want but it’s also delicious cold.
19. Fresh Spinach Quiche
Savory and satisfying, this Fresh Spinach Quiche is a wonderful spring dish loaded with greens, legumes, and other healthy ingredients. Enjoy it as written or add your favorite fillings. This is perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light dinner with a salad.
20. Avocado and Chickpea Spinach Wraps
The spinach isn’t inside these Avocado and Chickpea Spinach Wraps — it’s in the wraps themselves! Fresh, crunchy vegetables and a chickpea avocado mixture are wrapped up in homemade spinach tortillas. In addition to giving these tortillas a stunning green color, spinach makes them taste great. These wraps are fresh, crunchy, and a little bit spicy from the pickled jalapeños. Is it lunchtime yet?
We could eat spinach every day. How about you?
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