Monday, July 13, 2009

spinach 101

i really love spinach, and i love that you can buy a big bag of it at costco for about $3.50. not to mention spinach is a nutrient superstar. it is loaded with vitamins & minerals... iron, vitamin C & E, beto-carotene, calcium, and fiber. the point of this post you may be wondering??? i'm just looking for tasty ways to use this inexpensive superstar. i'm going to leave a few of my favorite ways to use spinach, and i'm hoping you other spinach lovers will leave me a few of your favorite ways to use it.

my all-time favorite way is my classic spinach salad. i LOVE it, but i'd like some other variations besides just a salad all the time.

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

20 oz. spinach leaves (i throw in some romaine if i have it, too)
1 1/2 c. sliced strawberries
Parmesan cheese or Feta Cheese
Green onions or red onions (i use green onions if using parmesan cheese, and feta if using red onions; it somehow is more complimentary that way)
1 avocado, cut into chunks
1/2 c. candied almonds

i use 2 different dressings depending on the day; the recipes both come from The Domestic Art cookbook. (still a must have!)
1/2 c. red wine vinegar 1/3 c. sugar
3/4 c. canola oil 1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard 3/4 c. strawberry jam

process all ingredients in blender until smooth.

1/2 c. red wine vinegar 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. canola oil 1/4 c. sugar
4 fresh strawberries

process all ingredients in blender until smooth.

pour dressing over salad just before serving.

now my classic salad for family parties is out of the bag; you don't have to stop asking me to bring a salad to every family party though. :)


Arin and Troy said...

I STILL dont have that cookbook!!!

Ryan and Amy Harvey said...

Yeah! I am glad to finally have this recipe, and don't worry I won't stop asking you to bring salads! Here is the recipe I was telling you about:

Creamy Spinach & Tomato Tortellini

1lb. 3 Cheese Tortellini (Costco)
1c. fresh tomatoes chopped (I use grape cut in half)
2T. olive oil
1 1/2t. basil
1/2 chopped onion
1/2t. salt
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2t. pepper
1pkg frozen spinach or 1/2 bag of fresh
1 c. whipping cream (can use half& half)
1/2 c. shredded parmesan

Cook tortellini according to package.
Heat olive oil & saute onion & garlic. Add spinach, tomatoes, basil, salt & pepper. Cook 5 min. Stir in cream & parmesan. Bring to a boil. Add tortellini and serve.

I like it because it is simple, meatless, it doesn't heat up the kitchen so it's good for the summer, my kids will eat it, and even though the cream makes it a little heavier, it still tastes fresh. Enjoy.

Dana Marie said...

try throwing some dried cranberries on the salad if you don't have strawberries. It's great!

Melissa said...

Mmm, don't you want to come cook for us?

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