5 Ways With Spinach
December 9, 2011
If you have been following my posts you will be aware that I have a lot of spinach in my vegetable garden at the moment. This is not an issue for me as I love it and so does my family. It is an incredibly versatile vegetable and I wouldn’t be without it in my garden. I have included 5 Spinach recipe below, plus a link to an additonal 5 at the end of this article that are now firm family favourites and amongst the most popular of my recipes.
Spinach is a hardy vegetable, very productive and easy to grow. It is easy to incorporate into almost any meal. It is one of the vegetables that I grab almost every time I go to the garden. Other reasons I love it, and you should too, include:
Ingredients that combine well with spinach include: pine nuts, anchovies, lemon, capers, any protein, feta, ricotta, pumpkin, tomatoes, potato
These are my top ways to enjoy spinach fresh from my vegetable patch:
A light, tang snack. Offer it to children as a snack with cut up carrot or capsicum sticks. This is also delicious on baked potatoes
A tangy, healthy dip to add to lunch boxes or use as a spread
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the washed spinach and cook for 2 minutes.
Drain, remove and chop. Remove any large stems
Brown the pine nuts in a pan, no oil is needed
Add all of the ingredients into a food processor and whiz until smooth.
This is a light summer meal or a side that works well served with any meat.
A lovely light Spring dinner option
Combine the salad ingredients together in a salad bowl.
Use a fork to whisk the ingredients of the dressing to combine and drizzle over salad prior to serving
I cook spinach like this for my 11 month old son. It is also a great method for keeping the spinach to use in cooking at a later date. If I was not using the spinach for baby food I would freeze it in slightly larger containers than the ice cube trays. It can be used when defrosted for pesto, dips, pasta etc.
Simple process to save your excess spinach for use later in the season.
Set a pot of water to boil
Wash the spinach leaves and remove large stalks.
Add spinach when water is boiling and cook for 2 minutes
Remove and add to a blender with a small amount of the water used for the cooking. Process to a smooth paste and pour into ice cube trays and put in the freezer
After 12 hours remove from the trays and put into zip lock or plastic bags to store. Label the bags with the ingredients and date and store until required. Use within 2 months.
A tasty side dish that is very well suited to accompanying pork
Zingy, fresh side dish perfect to serve with pork
Heat a fry pan and add a small amount of oil to the pan.
Add the oil and then the garlic and the anchovies
Stir until the anchovy is starting to dissolve
Add the spinach and the sultanas and stir for a couple of minutes until the spinach is wilted.
Pour over the lemon juice and season with a pinch of salt and generous grind of pepper
Place a serving of pork fillet on top of the spinach to serve
Quick, healthy, tasty pasta recipe.
Light, fresh pasta recipe the family will love
Put a saucepan of water on to boil, large enough to cook the pasta of your choice
Prepare the ingredients while waiting for the pasta water to boil. Once the water has boiled add the pasta and cook for the time specified on the pack
Heat a fry pan, add a small amount of oil and then the garlic (and chilli if you are using)
Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes if they have not been roasted. If they have been roasted stir until warmed through
Add the prawns and cook for a few minutes on high heat until they start to change color. Add the spinach and lemon zest and stir until spinach wilts
Drain the pasta and add to the pan
Add the basil and stir through
Serve with Parmesan cheese and seasoned with salt and pepper
If you are using chicken instead of prawns, add the chicken at Step 4 and cook almost through before adding the tomatoes. If I use chicken I slice it into strips before cooking.
Spinach continues to be grown in our family vegetable garden and as a result there are now tens of recipes that feature it as the main ingredient developed over the years. The recipes below are some of our family favourites and are the most viewed and used by readers. Click on the image to find the recipe.
I hope you now have plenty of inspiration to make a fresh family meal featuring your garden spinach.
*Images were updated in this post 27/07/2014, additional recipes added 17/11/2017
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