One sure sign that spring’s approaching is the sight of perky green spinach leaves at the market. While the leafy green is available year-round, it’s at its peak during the cooler months of fall and spring, which means it’s coming into abundance right about now. In addition to being affordable both fresh and frozen, spinach is full of phytonutrients and antioxidants, as well as vitamins K, A, B6, and C. Not so into the idea of eating raw spinach salads? That’s OK—the lightweight leaf takes well to blending, steaming, sautéing, and more, so it’s a great candidate for sneaking into dips, finger foods, sauces, and even pastries.
Personally, we’re all for celebrating spinach in its full green glory, but picky eaters might prefer it be disguised, so we have options for both palates. Either way, it’s always good to add more vegetables to your diet—and while you might never be able to sneak spinach into buttercream frosting, you can definitely work it into veggie nuggets and all the delicious options you see below.
If you’re more into snacks than smoothies, get in your greens by blending spinach with kale and pine nuts for a piquant dip that pairs nicely with root vegetable chips. Get our Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip recipe.
Spinach is the star of these steamed Chinese dumplings, which begin with a cooked filling of chopped spinach, rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, and pressed tofu. Get our Steamed Vegetable Dumplings recipe.
Want a simple way to wake up your tired chicken breast dinner? Stuff it with a Greek-inspired spinach and feta filling. Get our Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Feta recipe.
Not quite the spinach salad type? That’s OK—we think you’ll hardly notice the leafy green in this cheese- and tomatillo-sauce-smothered entree. Get our Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas recipe.
If you love creamy, cool spinach dip but find yourself questioning the authenticity of its ingredients, make your own. This version starts with fresh spinach leaves and sour cream, not frozen spinach and dehydrated soup mix. Get our Fresh Spinach Dip recipe.
Our contemporary version of meatloaf includes spinach and celery in the mix, a bacon crust, and tomato sauce to keep things moist. Get our Spinach Meatloaf recipe.
This spinach-packed scramble with onion, garlic, ground beef, and parmesan was invented in 1920s San Francisco. Bread is the usual accompaniment, but try wrapping it in whole wheat tortillas and freezing them for your own on-the-go breakfast burritos that aren’t ultra-processed. Get our Joe’s Special Spinach Scramble recipe.
This hearty quiche recipe takes a nod from both French and German cultures with its flaky crust and finely textured veal sausage. It’s ideal for breakfast, dinner, or any occasion in between. Get our Spinach and Weisswurst Quiche recipe.
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