Does it take coaxing to get your family to eat spinach … that dark green leafy vegetable? Spinach, a May Foods of the Month, is not only full of antioxidants, which protect your loved ones from sickness and disease, but it is one of the most densely nutritious vegetables available. Because spinach is so low in calories and fat, but packed with vitamins and minerals, it is a great addition to your everyday family meals. How can you add more spinach to your cooking? Check out these ideas below!
Spinach Lasagna – Alternate layers of fresh spinach leaves the next time you make lasagna. Add the pasta, the cheese, the spinach leaves, and the sauce. Spinach leaves make a colorful addition this dish, while also providing more fiber.
Spinach Dip – For a healthy and quick dip for your next party, mix 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt with half of a 10-ounce package of frozen, chopped spinach and 1 small chopped onion. Thaw the spinach and squeeze it dry. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, spinach and onion, adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cut up carrots, cucumbers and peppers.
Spinach Salad – Use spinach leaves next time you make a salad. Spinach is tasty by itself! For a side salad that takes only seconds to make, add a few handfuls of spinach to a bowl and dress it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you want some extra protein, throw some healthy walnuts on top!