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Spinach Recipes That Will Change Your View on the Veg Forever!

Spinach has gotten a bad rap historically, but today health-savvy people and cooks alike are discovering the many uses and earthy fresh flavour of this vitamin-packed green veggie.

Leafy Greens: Everyday Choice for the Entire Family

If you think your family will turn their nose up at this leafy green, you might be surprised. Despite its reputation for being out and out bland, spinach is the kind of ingredient you can sneak into a long list of dishes.
National Spinach Day is the perfect excuse to add a richer flavour to sauces, soups and stews while also giving your meals a major boost of iron and vitamins. In fact, you might find your family loves the taste of spinach, even when served fresh as an addition to your favourite salads!

Eating Veggies Doesn't Have to Be Hard

The thing with spinach is it can be hard to persuade your family to dip their fork into a pile of dark green mystery substance on their plate. However, spinach is perfectly disguised in many dishes without altering, and usually improving the flavour. As mentioned above, when you try adding some fresh or frozen spinach to your favourite pasta sauce, stew or soup chances are you’ll find it is tasty, colourful and a surprising hit with your family.

Flavour-Packed Ways for Getting Your Greens

It might seem spinach isn’t very versatile, but it actually can be used in multiple ways. And it’s not just for dinner. For example, spinach is delicious in scrambled eggs, frittatas and omelettes for a protein-packed, quick breakfast. Mix in some cheese and watch your family beg for more. It can also be used instead of lettuce on your sandwiches at lunch and is yummy when topped with your favourite dressing for a healthy salad. Dump a handful of fresh spinach in your smoothies as a snack, or use it in your pesto to toss on pasta. It makes a classic, thick and delightful creamy soup and is also sumptuously layered with cheese in lasagna.

Appetizing Spinach Recipes to Make Whenever You’re Craving Something Healthy

Our HelloFresh chefs love spinach and use it both as a star for their recipes, while also adding levels of flavour as a delicious ingredient. For example, in our heartwarming One Pot Italian Sausage Soup, baby spinach adds an earthy, hearty flavour in the background while our Italian Steak Sandwiches are flanked with a classic spinach salad as the perfect balance to the sandwiches boldness. We give classic tabbouleh salad a boost with fresh spinach ideal as a side dish for salmon and also use spinach in our mouthwatering Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Puff with Seared Tomatoes. Yum, yum and yum.

Canada's Crowd-Pleasing Spinach Dishes Based on Total Online Searches and YouTube Searches

Here’s the top searched spinach dishes being served up in home kitchens across Canada:
  • Spinach salad: 12,160
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip: 4,480
  • Creamed Spinach: 3,700
  • Strawberry spinach salad: 3,600
  • Spinach smoothie: 2,450
  • Spinach Lasagna: 1,310
  • Spinach stuffed chicken breast: 1,300
  • Spinach pizza: 1,340
  • Tuscan Chicken Pasta: 1,010
  • Chicken Gnocchi Soup: 880
  • Spinach ricotta lasagna: 720
  • Spinach Frittata: 590
  • Creamy Spinach Soup: 480
  • Cream cheese spinach dip: 480
  • Cream of spinach soup: 490
  • Hot spinach and artichoke dip: 390
  • Greek Spanakopita: 270
  • Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese: 260
  • Spinach and Mushroom Quiche: 260
  • Vegetarian lasagna spinach: 220

Why Leafy Veggies Need Love Too

Leafy veggies like spinach need love too because they taste fabulous and are packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. You can’t go wrong whether you eat spinach raw or cooked and buy it fresh or frozen.


Now about the healthy side of spinach. A half-cup of frozen, cooked spinach is just 32 calories and contains no fats, cholesterol or sugar. It does however contain 4 grams of protein, provides 14% of your daily fibre and is just 2% of your total carb intake. But where it really shows its power is when you look at your daily vitamins and minerals:
  • 15% calcium
  • 229% Vitamin A
  • 4% vitamin C
  • 10% iron
  • 642% vitamin K
  • 29% folate
  • 20% magnesium
  • 10% riboflavin
  • 8% potassium
  • 6% vitamin B6
  • 5% Thiamin You also get tons of fibre to help your digestive system and it is also a powerful antioxidant for healthy skin and improved immune function. Spinach has been linked to reduced risk for cancer, can help regulate blood pressure and even helps with eye health. Ready to add a little more greens to your diet? You can find tons of fresh, scrumptious spinach ideas in our impressive collection of recipes.

Is spinach a superfood?

Spinach: ‘superfood’ benefits and fresh, bitter flavour
Spinach (otherwise known as spinach oleracea) originated in Persia and has become renowned around the world for its ‘superfood’ benefits and fresh, bitter flavour. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants such as iron, folate and vitamin K, C and A, spinach may help reduce the chances of certain illnesses and diseases, as well as high blood pressure and also support energy levels while promoting good vision and heart health.

A versatile leafy green, spinach can be eaten raw, sauteed, boiled or stir-fried into almost any dish - some of the most popular being salads, pasta and stews. Spinach is an easy way of getting your fresh fix of greens with every meal that helps you live a healthy, balanced diet. At HelloFresh, our selection of spinach recipes have something for vegetarians, vegans and everyone in between.

How to: Spinach - FAQs

How to cook spinach?

Spinach can be cooked in multiple ways, including blanched and wilted. It’s important to note though that due to spinach being 91% water it will wilt down very quickly and you will need to remove the excess water so that it isn’t soggy. At HelloFresh, all of our meal boxes come with step-by-step instructions on how to cook your ingredients the correct way.

Is spinach good for you?

Yes. Due to being low calorie and packed full of nutrients and antioxidants spinach is generally classed as a health food.

Is spinach a protein?

Spinach is a vegetable and not a protein as it has a very low protein content of only 0.7g per cup.

How much iron is in spinach?

There is 2.7mg of iron per 100g of spinach.
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