In Season: Spring Produce-Spinach

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:

Selection

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.

Storage

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

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy 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. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgStuffed Chicken. Stuff chicken with spinach, low-fat cheese and onions. After the chicken is baked use the spinach combination as a flavorful side dish.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: 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. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSpinach 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.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: Spinach Pesto. Use spinach instead of basil leaves in your traditional pesto recipe. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSpinach Pesto. Use spinach instead of basil leaves in your traditional pesto recipe.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: Spinach Dip. Cook spinach [according to package] then mix in parmesan cheese, pine nuts and sliced cashews. Heat at 350°F for 10 minutes. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSpinach Dip. Cook spinach [according to package] then mix in parmesan cheese, pine nuts and sliced cashews. Heat at 350°F for 10 minutes.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: Spinach Wrap. Use spinach as a wrap. Place grilled chicken in a spinach leaf and dip into low-fat ranch dressing. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSpinach Wrap. Use spinach as a wrap. Place grilled chicken in a spinach leaf and
dip into low-fat ranch dressing.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: Popeye-Approved Potatoes. Mix cooked frozen spinach into mashed potatoes. Top with parmesan cheese for a twist on an old favorite. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgPopeye-Approved Potatoes. Mix cooked frozen spinach into mashed potatoes. Top with parmesan cheese for a twist on an old favorite.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: Vegetable Frittata Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgOmletes. Add spinach, mushrooms, onions and low-fat cheese to make a nutritious and delicious filling for omelets and frittatas. Recipe: Vegetable Frittata.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: Spinach Fruit Salad. Use fresh spinach to make a salad then toss in some strawberries, mandarin oranges or apple slices. Enjoy. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSpinach Fruit Salad. Use fresh spinach to make a salad then toss in some strawberries, mandarin oranges or apple slices. Enjoy.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: 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. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSpinach 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.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Spinach: 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. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSalad 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.

 

Information from USDA SNAP-Ed Connection & have a plant Fruits & Veggies For Better Health