We all know that green vegetables are good for us, but it’s not always easy to make them actually taste good. I hear you, and I’m here to help.
Spinach is one of the healthiest leafy greens in the natural world. It’s so nutritionally awesome that I just had to show you this fancy chart.
We’re going with the inspiration approach here, so I’ll leave out the nitty gritty details, but hopefully this will rev up your creative juices and you can take it from there.
1. Spinach Frittata
Lightly sauté some spinach in butter, then add scrambled eggs with salt and pepper and other herbs or seasoning, then cheese on top, and pop in the broiler to finish it off. Check out this frittata recipe if you want more details.
2. Sautéed Garlic Spinach
Place some butter and sliced garlic in a pan, add a whole lot of spinach (it shrinks) and some sea salt. Mix for just a few minutes until the spinach has mostly shrunk, but it is still vibrantly green. Serve as a side dish.
3. Spinach Noodles
4. Strawberry Spinach Salad
Combine spinach with fresh sliced strawberries, pecans or sliced almonds, and a vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and a little orange or lemon juice (and zest).
5. Green Smoothie
Combine a handful of spinach, 1 date, frozen blueberries, coconut water, and chia seeds. Blend and enjoy.
6. Spinach and Brown Rice
Cook some brown rice (soak in advance if possible), then mix in some fresh spinach while the rice is still steaming hot, add some coconut aminos and kimchi for flavor.
7. Spinach Hummus Wrap
Get a tortilla of your choice, spread some hummus around the center, then add spinach, a drizzle of olive oil, some sun-dried tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and any other veggies of your choice, close the wrap like a burrito. Perfect for a work lunch!
8. Spinach Artichoke Pasta
Make some pasta like you normally would. Make some simple spinach and garlic like you would for #2 above, remove from the pan, then add some more butter and throw in some artichokes into the same pan. When your pasta is ready, combine it with the artichokes, garlic spinach, a little olive oil if it needs lubrication, and oh what the hell sprinkle a little parmesan on top.
9. Spinach Walnut Goat Cheese Salad
Combine those three things and drizzle with vinaigrette made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh thyme, fine chopped-garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
10. Happy Green Juice
Combine cucumber, celery, spinach, green apple, and a 1/4 lemon, run through the juicer, and if you like a little texture toss in a few chia seeds and let them expand for a few minutes before drinking.