Spinach facts and general information about spinach.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Spinach is Available:
Peak season is in the spring. Bagged variety available year round.
How Does Spinach Grow:
Spinach grows like lettuce.
What to Look for When Buying Spinach:
Most spinach is prepackaged. Otherwise look for crisp leaves as you
Store in fridge crisper section.
How to Cook Spinach:
Wash spinach and trim off ends. Add washed leaves to a hot pan and
stir around. When spinach leaves are wilted and bright green remove
from skillet. This will only take a few minutes.
You can also use spinach fresh in salads or side dishes. If using
frozen spinach, let unthaw and squeeze excess water out of spinach
before adding to recipe.
Boil water for 1 minute, add noodles then spinach paste and all
other ingredients. Cook well. Cover with a lid and let it simmer
for a few seconds. Healthy noodles are ready to serve.
Spinach Sausage Soup
My favorite recipe using spinach is a sausage and pasta soup I make
with browned Italian sausage, chicken broth, sautéed sliced carrots,
rotini pasta or orzo. There are no exact measurements. After the
sausage is browned and the carrots are slightly softened, add all
ingredients together and simmer for 20 min. Salt and pepper to
I then stir in fresh spinach leaves I have sliced into ribbons.
Serve when spinach is wilted. If using frozen, I guess you could put
it in at any time, just chop it small first. Serve with freshly
grated Parmesan if desired. I also often add fresh spinach to
chicken noddle soup in the same way.
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Cups stuffing mix
2-10 oz. pkgs frozen spinach
Unthaw spinach and squeeze excess water out. Chop. Set aside.
Place eggs in bowl and beat. Add cheese, onions, butter and
stuffing. Stir together. Add in spinach and continue to stir.
Roll a small amount of mixture into a ball and place on a cookie
sheet or baking pan. Continue roll all of spinach mixture into
balls. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
These freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave or oven.