11 Delicious Recipes That Start With Spinach - Vegetarian Times

11 Delicious Recipes That Start With Spinach

From side dishes to main dishes and sides and salads, here are some of our favorite ways to add this nutritious green to your diet.
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The benefits of spinach are pretty epic. Up there with kale, the leafy green veggie has been at the forefront of the health movement for years thanks to its nutritional, disease-fighting cred and genuine goodness. 

Packed into each bunch is an incredible amount of nutrients, including high levels of vitamins K and A, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C, which is especially important for immune health. It's also pretty inexpensive, making it a go-to in our cooking. Here are some of our favorite ways to get this leafy green into your diet.

Mediterranean Rice with Wilted Spinach and Feta

Mediterranean Rice with Wilted Spinach and Feta

Mediterranean Rice with Wilted Spinach & Feta

Fresh spinach is simmered with olive tapenade and feta cheese for a tangy base to this rice dish. Some prepared tapenades are made with anchovy paste, so be sure to read the label before buying.

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Spinach Souffle Casserole

Spinach Souffle Casserole

Spinach Souffle Casserole

Dill and cilantro give this dish its extraordinary taste. Cut it into squares and serve plain or with a light tomato sauce.

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Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Here's a risotto based on the much-beloved “Mediterranean grandmotherly” combination of artichokes and spinach. Flecked with bits of tomato, it makes a very pretty presentation.

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Related: Nutrition Face-Off: Raw vs. Cooked Spinach

Spinach Zucchini Soup

Spinach Zucchini Soup

Spinach Zucchini Soup

This light soup is full of sunny flavors like lemon, zucchini, and mint.

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Spinach-Tomato Pie

Spinach-Tomato Pie

Spinach-Tomato Pie

This easy-to-make Mediterranean-style spinach pie is equally good served hot or at room temperature.

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Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Mushroom & Spinach Quiche

Quiche makes a comforting main dish for a family supper or a casual dinner party.

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Extra-Healthy Spinach Salad

Extra Healthy Spinach Salad

Extra-Healthy Spinach Salad

This irresistible salad is crammed with hard-to-get vegetarian goodies: protein, calcium, iron—even vitamin B12.

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Spinach-Mushroom Melts

Spinach Mushroom Melts recipe

Spinach-Mushroom Melts

This savory, supper-worthy sandwich is a staff favorite.

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Portobello Mushroom Stacked Lasagna

Portobello Mushroom Stacked Lasagna

Portobello Mushroom Stack Lasagna

The large mushroom caps function as the pasta in this version of a luscious Italian favorite. 

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Sautéed Spinach with Orange-Carrot Purée

Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed Spinach

A versatile side dish, this could accompany a grain-based main course.

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Spicy Asian Spinach Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy Asian Spinach Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

One serving of this crunchy salad provides more than half the recommended DV of magnesium. To make it vegan, simply replace the eggs with 4 ounces of chopped baked tofu.

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