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Trick Your Taste Buds into Loving Spinach!

A spinach recipe can be an absolute delight!

I hate canned spinach but love fresh spinach recipes. And, thanks to Popeye, I know spinach is packed full of vital super nutrients my body needs. 

Spinach does more than pump up your muscles.

It’s also rich in antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, helps regulate blood pressure, and boosts your immune system. Spinach keeps your brain functioning, your bones strong, your skin clear, and spinach improves digestion.

With superpowers like that, it’s no wonder Popeye ate so much spinach! 

We can’t all be like Popeye and eat a can of spinach four times a day. But good news! It’s not necessary to eat a pile of mushy greens out of a tin for the benefits spinach has to offer.

One thing I’ve learned about spinach is that it’s delicious fresh, especially if you mix it into the right recipes! 

Ten simple spinach recipes to Satisfy those picky taste buds!

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I’ve gathered some of my favorite recipes with spinach to share with you, so you too can fall in love with this scrumptious superfood! 

A spinach casserole the whole family will love, spinach salad recipes for a quick delicious lunch, a creamed spinach that makes an easy side dish or appetizer, and other classic comfort food recipes the whole family will love.

These recipes are simple enough for your weekly meal prep or to share at the next potluck! Packed full of flavor, even picky eaters will be fighting for the last bite!

Spinach for the win! With spinach, make life simple, delicious, and healthy! 

Creamed Spinach Recipe

Creamed Spinach

The following is the best creamed-spinach recipe I’ve ever had. Even my family loves it! This easy creamed spinach makes the perfect side dish for any occasion.

It also freezes well, so you can make a double batch and save some for a busy day or that pot luck you forgot about! Eat it as a side dish by itself or as an appetizer to dip with baguette pieces or tortilla chips. 

Ground black pepper, onions, garlic, and paprika make this recipe explode with flavor. Even the kids will love this creamed spinach! 

Creamed Spinach Ingredients

Creamed Spinach Instructions 1

Creamed Spinach Instructions 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • Half teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • One-half teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (cashew milk is more creamy, but you may also use soy or almond milk)
  • 2 5-ounce packages of spinach leaves
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (divide in half)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉ and grease 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray or oil of choice.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic, cook until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  4. Sprinkle in spices and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  5. Add coconut flour and stir until well combined.
  6. Pour in almond milk and mix well, bring sauce to a boil, then let simmer until it thickens.
  7. Add ½ cup of parmesan cheese and whisk until it’s melted (about 30 seconds).
  8. Once the mixture thickens, slightly, add spinach one handful at a time and mix with sauce until the leaves wilt (then add more).
  9. Add more seasonings to taste if desired, mix well, then remove from heat.
  10. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish and top with remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and the cheese is golden brown.
  12. Serve warm & enjoy!

Spinach Salad Recipes

Spinach Salad

Salad season is approaching!! Stay prepared and keep a quick lunch on hand at all times with an easy spinach salad that’s ready to grab and go. Baby spinach makes the perfect base for any salad. You can get creative with so many different ingredients to keep things interesting. You never have to get bored with salad again! 

Make weekly meal prep simple with this easy spinach salad. Keep the staple ingredients on hand. Then, let your creativity go wild and make a spinach salad buffet with different ingredients like hard-boiled eggs, cooked turkey or chicken, baked salmon, feta or gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, red onions, mushrooms, chickpeas, quinoa and more.

Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Combine spinach, strawberries, and almonds in a bowl.
  2. Add a little extra flavor with ingredients of your choice (i.e., salmon, gorgonzola, and chickpeas).
  3. Toss with red wine vinaigrette & enjoy! 

Sautéed Spinach Recipe

Sauteed Spinach

Vital nutrients can break down when heating food and the nutritional value can decrease.

But with sautéed spinach, there’s no need to worry! Sautéed spinach is still full of vital nutrients. In fact, the nutrients that break down will help your body absorb even more nutrients from other foods like vitamins A and E, proteins, fiber, calcium, and iron! Spinach doesn’t have to be bitter or tasteless.

Serve with grilled salmon or oven-roasted chicken breast. This simple garlic sautéed spinach recipe will change the way you think about eating greens forever! 

Sauteed Spinach Ingredients

Sauteed Spinach Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Soak spinach leaves in the sink with cold water, rinse and repeat until clean. Spin in a salad spinner or pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add garlic and sauté until it starts to brown (about 1 minute)
  3. Add spinach to skillet and gently toss with oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper until evenly coated
  4. Cover the pan and cook until spinach is wilted (about 1 minute). Uncover and mix again. Cover the pan and continue to cook for 1 minute
  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove spinach into serving dish
  6. Add more salt and pepper to taste with a squeeze of lemon, toss, and serve hot

Creamy Spinach and Chicken

Creamy Spinach and Chicken

Spinach doesn’t just have to be a side dish.

Include spinach in your main dish for a flavorful, nutrient-rich dish. This one-pan, easy chicken breast meal is one of my favorites for a quick, feeling-fancy dinner. And if there are leftovers – a big if – this makes a splendid lunch for the next day.

The creamy sauce makes this a new favorite comfort food! 

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Ingredients

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Instructions

Ingredients 

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 tablespoons grass-fed butter, divided
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained & chopped
  • One cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • ⅔ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of chicken breast with 1 tsp oregano, salt, and pepper
  2. On medium-high heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter, then add seasoned chicken breasts and cook for 4 minutes each side, or until no longer pink inside. Put on a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining butter to the same pan and cook onion, garlic, remaining oregano, and sun-dried tomatoes until onions are translucent. 
  4. Slowly add broth, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese and mix until smooth, reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Mix the spinach with sauce and cover. Cook until wilted. 
  6. Add chicken to the sauce and cover until chicken is reheated (about 2-3 minutes)
  7. Plate chicken and top with creamy parmesan sauce

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

This is mind-blowing!

You can’t even taste the spinach in this strawberry spinach smoothie! It’s my favorite green smoothie that feels like summer all year round. Life gets super busy, so I like to keep these prepped for a quick snack. Just put a few large frozen strawberries and a handful of fresh spinach leaves in a zip lock bag and freeze.

When you’re ready, just throw it in the blender with the rest of the ingredients, and you’re good to go! 

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8-10 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk (less for a thicker shake)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I recommend LadyBossⓇ LEAN Vanilla Cake Protein Powder)
  • 3-4 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 big handful of fresh spinach leaves (frozen spinach works great too)
  • Handful of ice
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt (optional for more protein and extra creamy shake)  

Instructions

  1. Blend the ingredients until smooth. Add a little more almond milk to desired consistency
  2. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Finally, the perfect game day, pot luck, guilt-free appetizer!

This creamy, hot spinach artichoke dip is super quick and easy, just whip it up and go! Scoop this up with some almond thin-crackers, toasted baguette slices, some whole wheat tortilla chips, or fresh veggies like carrots, red bell peppers, and celery.

A classic favorite to enjoy while creating lifelong memories with family and friends, you’ll forget it’s healthy for you!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can of quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 
  • 8-ounce package light cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup grated parmesan 
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain & chop artichoke hearts, Use cheesecloth to squeeze out excess moisture from thawed spinach
  2. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add cream cheese, yogurts, and cheeses. Mix well and cook until softened. 
  3. Add artichoke hearts, spinach, and garlic. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook until bubbling hot (about 5 minutes).
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!

Spinach Sauce Pasta

Spinach Sauce Pasta

Who doesn’t love pasta?!

This recipe adds a spin to the garlic sautéed spinach and turns a side dish into comfort food. Make meal prep easy by making an extra batch of sautéed spinach tonight and make the spinach sauce recipe for tomorrow’s dinner!

This sauce freezes well, up to a month, so that you can save it for a quick, healthy dinner. 

Spinach Sauce Pasta Ingredients

Spinach Sauce Pasta Instructions 1

Spinach Sauce Pasta Instructions 2

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta (veggie made pasta or zucchini noodles are great options too)

Instructions

  1. Soak spinach leaves in the sink with cold water, rinse and repeat until clean. Spin in a salad spinner or pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture
  2. Heat large skillet on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add garlic and sauté until it starts to brown (about 1 minute)
  3. Add spinach to skillet and gently toss with oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper until evenly coated
  4. Cover the pan and cook until spinach is wilted (about 1 minute). Uncover and mix again. Cover the pan and continue to cook for 1 minute
  5. Remove from heat and set aside
  6. Cook pasta following instructions on the back of the box
  7. Before draining pasta, take out 1 cup of pasta water. 
  8. In a food processor (or blender), add ½ cup of pasta water, cooked spinach, and parmesan and puree until the sauce is smooth. (Add more pasta water as needed to desired thickness)
  9. Add the spinach sauce back to the pan over medium-high heat, mixing until heated evenly. Pour in more water if needed and season with salt and pepper. 
  10. Plate pasta and pour ½ cup spinach sauce over noodles. Top with parmesan or red pepper flakes. 

Spinach Soup

Spinach Soup

This creamy spinach soup is going to be a new favorite, and it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Full of robust flavor, it’s perfect for those rainy days or to help boost your immune system while you fight off a cold. It may look green, but it doesn’t taste like it! 

Spinach Soup Ingredients

Spinach Soup Instructions

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped 
  • 4 cups low sodium broth (chick or vegetable)
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and chopped into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves with thick stems trimmed
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup evaporated milk (coconut milk or heavy cream work well too)

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add green and yellow onions and cook until translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in garlic first, then add potatoes and spinach. Cook until spinach wilts, then pour in broth
  2. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  3. Pour soup into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add in milk and mix until creamy.
  4. Add back to the pot over medium-high heat and mix until heated through
  5. Serve warm

Spinach Casserole Recipe

Spinach Casserole

Below is another recipe that is all about using what you already have to make something new.

Using the Creamed Spinach Recipe from above, you’ll make a couple of slight adjustments to make and even creamier casserole. 

Spinach Casserole Ingredients

Spinach Casserole Instructions 2

Spinach Casserole Instructions 3

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • One-half teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • A cup unsweetened cashew milk (cashew milk is more creamy but you may also use soy or almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • 2 5-ounce packages of spinach leaves
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (divide in half)
  • 2 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉ and grease 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray or oil of choice
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat
  3. Add onion and garlic, cook until translucent (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add spices and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant
  5. Pour in almond milk and mix well, bring sauce to a boil, then simmer
  6. Add coconut flour and stir until well combined
  7. Add ¼ cup of parmesan cheese and whisk until it’s melted (about 30 seconds)
  8. Once the mixture thickens, slightly, add spinach one handful at a time and mix with sauce until the leaves wilt (then add more)
  9. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add more seasonings to taste if desired and remove from heat.
  10. Pour mixture into a greased 2-quart baking dish and top with panko crumbs and remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbling and top is golden brown.
  12. Serve warm & enjoy! 

Spinach Puree for Babies

Spinach Puree

It’s never too early to fall in love with vegetables!

The vitamins and minerals found in spinach are vital to the brain development of children. This recipe has so many nutrients like folate, iron, fiber, calcium, vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E, and K and is rich in antioxidants.

Spinach puree is excellent for babies around 8-10 months, but it makes a perfect snack for toddlers too! Roemee isn’t a big fan of vegetables (ha, she takes after me), but this is a recipe I can actually get her to eat! The recipe will prep about 25 ounces you can store in jars or reusable pouches.

You can keep it in the fridge for up to four days or freeze it for four months!

Spinach Puree Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, add apples, water, and spices. Cook for 15 minutes or until apples are tender
  2. Add spinach leaves and cook until spinach is wilted (about 2 minutes)
  3. Add ingredients to the food processor and puree until smooth (about 1-2 minutes)
  4. Serve, store, and enjoy!

Nice try Popeye!

Spinach doesn’t have to be a pile of yucky mush!

You can use fresh spinach in a variety of ways to make dishes for everyone to love! There are so many vital nutrients packed in those pretty little leaves; eating plain, bland, mushy piles of spinach would be a disservice to this valuable superfood!

Spinach is so versatile that you can make it taste any way you want with a few extra ingredients. These spinach recipes will make your picky taste buds fall in love with eating healthy again. 

Popeye just doesn’t know what he’s missing out on!  

Kaelin Tuell Poulin, LadyBoss Co-Founder, Weight Loss Expert, Best Selling Author
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