Spinach facts and general information about spinach.
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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.
Spinach contributes to healthy bones, eyes and teeth. It is high in
iron, Vitamin K and Vitamin C.
Fresh Spinach Salad
Fruit of choice: sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, grapefruit
1 Cup oil
4 Tablespoons sour cream
5 Tablespoons vinegar
½ teaspoon mustard
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons parsley
Blend oil and sour cream. Then mix in vinegar and other ingredients.
Shake well before using.
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.
2 T. Olive oil
1- Cups baby spinach, chopped
1/4 Cup heavy cream
4 oz. cream cheese, softened and cut in cubes
1/2 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Gradually add the spinach and sauté briefly just until it wilts.
Continue until all the spinach has been added and wilted down.
Do not overcook.
Add the heavy cream, cream cheese, and garlic powder. Season
with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Heat,
stirring frequently, until the cream cheese melts completely and
the mixture is heated through.
Remove from heat and serve immediately with your choice of
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.