Spinach isn’t just for Popeye – I love it too. My easy spinach recipes range from appetizers to side dishes and something in between.
Not just fresh spinach recipes, but the best vegetable recipes too.
Easy Spinach Recipes
Fresh baby spinach is preferable to regular spinach for raw uses such as salads because of its tender nature. Baby spinach also adds excellent texture and freshness to sandwiches, and can be blanched, microwaved, sauteed or steamed. I use baby spinach all the time and you may want to for the following spinach recipes.
To blanch the leaves, boil them in water for 2 to 5 minutes, drain, and squeeze out excess moisture. To microwave, place half of a pound of slightly wet spinach in a covered container. Cook for 4 to 7 minutes or until tender.
To saute spinach, spray it with oil and cook it quickly in a saucepan. Spinach can also be steamed for 5 to 10 minutes. Cooked spinach is a tasty component in dips, omelets, quiche, and lasagna.
When buying spinach, avoid leaves that are limp, slimy, spotted, blemished, or pale green to yellow. Bagged Baby Spinach should have a date stamped on the bag that will indicate freshness. Moisture will promote spoilage in fresh baby spinach so store spinach unwashed whenever possible.
Make sure fresh spinach is dry before wrapping it in cellophane or a plastic bag. Tightly wrapped or pre-packaged, unwashed spinach will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator crisper. Are you ready for some awesome easy spinach recipes? I thought so.