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National Spinach Day is March 26. While it may not sound that exciting to celebrate this leafy green vegetable, you may be surprised at how delicious spinach can be when used in the right recipes. As a bonus, spinach is also incredibly healthy, making it a welcome addition to any diet. Here are 12 of the best healthy spinach recipes to try out on this day.
As the name implies, these 15-minute black bean and spinach burritos come together in no time at all. The recipe is bursting with protein and vitamins with the black beans, sweet corn, and spinach. This vegetarian burrito makes a great lunch idea or a quick dinner for those busy nights when you do not have time to slave over an oven. You can use your favorite shredded cheese in this recipe. Go easy on the cheese if you are looking to make these burritos even healthier.
These creamy spinach turkey meatballs fit a variety of dietary preferences. The recipe is low-carb and free of gluten all while tasting delicious. The meatballs are made with a mix of ground turkey and chicken as well as a variety of seasonings. They simmer in a skillet with a creamy sauce made with spinach, cream, yellow onion, sun-dried tomatoes, and more. Serve the meatballs over rice or pasta or as a standalone dish with some bread to mop up all of the creamy sauce.
This spinach quiche recipe is extremely versatile, suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Although the recipe calls for store-bought pie crust, feel free to go all out and make a homemade version. Be sure to squeeze out the excess water from the thawed spinach so that your quiche does not become soggy. Other veggies in this quiche include yellow onions and red bell pepper. A fruit salad makes a great side dish to this quiche.
This spinach tortellini soup is the perfect meal idea if your area is still dealing with lingering winter temperatures. This cozy soup uses refrigerated cheese tortellini, making it a fast meal to pull together. The soup also features baby spinach, yellow onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a variety of seasonings. While this recipe is vegetarian, you can bulk it by adding ground chicken sausage. Either way, you are sure to be pleased with the results of this hearty soup. The recipe pairs well with a simple green salad.
This lentil soup with spinach and spicy sausage is another great recipe to try if spring has not sprung in your neck of the woods. The spicy smoked sausage combined with the Cajun seasoning blend add a bit of kick to the soup. You can also use chicken or turkey smoked sausage if you want to lighten it up. In addition to the spinach and lentils, the soup also boasts carrots, onions, celery, and diced tomatoes, making it a veggie powerhouse. Pair this soup with biscuits or cornbread for a delightful meal.
Add an Asian flair to your dinner routine with this beef and spinach lo mein recipe. A variety of beef cuts will work well in this dish, however, the recipe calls for thinly sliced beef top round steak. Coarsely chopped spinach adds a hefty dose of nutrients while the water chestnuts add a bit of crunch. A mix of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes makes up the sauce that coats the beef and vegetables. This complete meal is bursting with flavor.
You will not even taste the spinach in this blueberry power smoothie bowl. The smoothie is packed with protein and antioxidants, featuring fresh spinach, Greek yogurt, flax meal, rolled oats, and almond butter. The best part of this recipe is the toppings that round it out. Granola adds some crunch while the blueberries, dried goji berries, and granola boost the sweetness factor. This smoothie bowl makes a satisfying start to the day or a snack idea that will give you energy to get through the afternoon.
Who says you cannot have pizza for breakfast? This thin crust spinach and egg breakfast pizza will provide plenty of nutrients to get your day off to the right nutritional start. Rather than using a traditional calorie-heavy pizza crust, this recipe leans on whole wheat pitas to hold all of the toppings together. A bit of fontina cheese makes this healthy recipe feel more indulgent. You can increase the baking time if you prefer your egg yolks to be more solid.
You do not have to be a vegan to go crazy for this polenta with mushrooms and spinach recipe. Not only does this recipe satisfy vegan dietary needs but it is also gluten-free. The creaminess of the polenta comes from the inclusion of coconut milk. The pine nuts add another layer of texture, contrasting with the creamy polenta. This recipe makes a great side dish for nearly any main entree. Or serve it with some bread and salad for a lovely vegetarian meal idea. Regardless of how you decide to use the recipe, it is sure to be a hit.
Spice up your dinner routine with this shrimp fra diavolo. The classic Italian recipe features pasta, shrimp, and a spicy sauce as the main ingredients. This particular recipe adds spinach at the end of the cooking process for an infusion of color and nutrients. The heat level on this recipe is customizable. Simply use less crushed red chili flakes if you want to make it more kid-friendly. As with most saucy Italian pasta recipes, you will want to serve this with a loaf of bread. A Caesar salad also makes a great complement.
Liven up your boring chicken routine with this spinach feta stuffed chicken recipe. The mixture of feta cheese and spinach takes an ordinary chicken breast to another level of flavor. The ricotta cheese works to hold all the filling ingredients together. A number of aromatics, including garlic, dried dill, and chopped scallions finish off the dish. You have many options for side dishes to go along with this chicken. Good choices include roasted baby red potatoes, couscous, or angel hair pasta drizzled with olive oil.
This colorful spinach strawberry salad with balsamic poppy seed dressing looks beautiful on any table. The stars of the recipe are the fresh spinach and strawberries. Feta cheese adds a bit of zip with the homemade balsamic poppy seed dressing serving as the perfect finishing touch. This dressing is made with balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, poppy seeds, and salt and pepper. Do not skimp on the toasted pecans when preparing this fresh and tasty salad.
These dozen recipes will help to encourage even the pickiest eaters to get in their daily greens. Eating vegetables has never been so easy and delicious!
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