Spring means spinach! Spinach is a dark green leaf vegetable with a slightly bitter taste that is a rich source of vitamin A, C, and iron. Check out these tips on choosing, storing, and preparing spinach:
Fresh spinach can be found loose or bagged.
Choose fresh spinach leaves that are green and crisp. Avoid leaves that are limp, damaged, or spotted.
Loosely wrap spinach in damp paper towel.
Refrigerate in plastic bag for use within 3-5 days.
Rinse spinach leaves in cool water and pat dry just before using.
10 Ways to Prepare Spinach
Stuffed Chicken. Stuff chicken with spinach, low-fat cheese and onions. After the chicken is baked use the spinach combination as a flavorful side dish.
Spinach Smoothie? Ewwww! Relax. Spinach has no flavor so you can add in the vitamins and minerals without changing the taste. Just a handful of fresh spinach will amp up the nutrition in your favorite smoothie.
Spinach Pesto. Use spinach instead of basil leaves in your traditional pesto recipe.
Spinach Dip. Cook spinach [according to package] then mix in parmesan cheese, pine nuts and sliced cashews. Heat at 350°F for 10 minutes.
Spinach Wrap. Use spinach as a wrap. Place grilled chicken in a spinach leaf and
dip into low-fat ranch dressing.
Popeye-Approved Potatoes. Mix cooked frozen spinach into mashed potatoes. Top with parmesan cheese for a twist on an old favorite.
Omletes. Add spinach, mushrooms, onions and low-fat cheese to make a nutritious and delicious filling for omelets and frittatas. Recipe: Vegetable Frittata.
Spinach Fruit Salad. Use fresh spinach to make a salad then toss in some strawberries, mandarin oranges or apple slices. Enjoy.
Spinach in Stir-Fry? Yes Indeed. Cook spinach, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli in a little olive oil on high heat for a delicious vegetable medley.
Salad On-the-Go. Tear spinach leaves and toss into a whole wheat pita with your favorite salad toppings. Add low-fat dressing for a quick salad on the go.