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Looking for spinach recipes - Help!?!?!!

I have a small box of frozen spinach in my freezer that I want to use because for one I don't wan to throw it away and two, I know it's healthy to eat. I originally purchased it for a spinach artichoke dip which has too much cheese in it. Is there a more healthy spinach artichoke dip anyone knows of? Otherwise, any ideas on what I can make with it? I'd like to use the whole thing, or most of it at least, on a meal. Any ideas?

Mon. Aug 6, 3:58pm

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thaw spinach. puree with garlic and toasted pine nuts and olive oil. add parmesean to taste, if desired. voila-spinach pesto. add basil, too, for some sweetness. this is great w/ pasta, as a dip for veggies, over chicken or fish.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 4:02 PM

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spinach is also really yummy cooked in omelets!

Monday, August 06, 2007, 4:08 PM

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a tip for using w/ omelets: drain and squeeze out any extra moisture from spinach before adding to eggs. lots of times there is excessive water from frozen spinach.

you can also make veggie lasagna, stuffed peppers, veggie chili. add to blender with carrot juice (store bought is so much easier) with some herbs for a delicious and nutritious drink!!

Monday, August 06, 2007, 4:13 PM

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when did you purchase this spinach? be careful that it's not from the dates of the recall!!!

you can drain VERY WELL the spinach and add onions, garlic and make a cheese-less version of spanikopits (phyllo dough wrapped spinach). or, in indian cuisine there are many traditional dishes where frozen spinach works perfectly! i would suggest checking out Madhur jaffrey's cookbooks for a recipe that fits your abilities and budget, both financially and timewise.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 4:18 PM

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4:18 PM - When was the recall dates?

When is the recall dates?

I don't recall when I purchased the spinach and am guessing within the last 6-8 months, most likely not longer than that. I think I bought it during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday last year when I made cheese & spinach phyllo rolls - man were those good too.

These all sound so good. The lasagna is a great idea, I forgot about adding it to that.

Also, love the idea of the spinach pesto idea for whole wheat pasta.

I'm not a huge fan of spinach in omlettes, unless it has lots of cheese of course. :-D

I tried googling spinach ideas but nothing has really sparked my interest yet. Thanks everyone.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 6:21 PM

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Saute the spinach with the garlic in a little oil (or Pam). Add any other spices to taste. But even just the garlic tastes amazing to me =)

Monday, August 06, 2007, 6:32 PM

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I like spinach simply steamed until soft and then seasoned with salt, vinegar or lemon juice, a touch of lite marg and salt.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 9:34 PM

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Honestly-spinach works well with just about anything!!! Make pasta and toss in the spinach along w/ some grape or cherry tomatoes and whatever sauce you like-it mixes in and adds color w/o taking away any of the flavor!

You can make a spinach dip w/ low fat sour cream, light mayo and knorr or lipton vegetable soup mix (the directions for this dip is usually on the back of one of those packages)-it's tasty and goes great w/ chips, veggies, or pita bread. I've even used it as a sandwich spread before!

pound a couple of chicken breasts flat and then put a thin layer of the spinach on top, add a sundried tomato or piece of pancetta, and a small piece of smoked gouda or parmesan and roll up and secure w/ a toothpick or two. Brown on both sides in a pan w/ a little olive oil, then add chicken broth (and white wine if you have some) and simmer covered till chicken is cooked through.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 10:45 PM

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thaw, squeeze as much water out as possible, saute little olive oil, garlic, throw in the spinach, cook quickly add a dash of balsamic vinegar.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 10:48 PM

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the spinach recall was in september, 2006. if there is a phone number on the package, call and ask about the production codes associated with any recall. it was for certain brands that were produced in california. even if the manufacturer is not from california, the spinach may be. definitely call before consuming. there were several cases of severe sickness resulting from e-coli tainting. at least one little boy died!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 8:18 AM

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