Most people need to incorporate more vegetables into their daily diets and HGTV is offering a few yummy suggestions for serving spinach. This leafy green vegetable is full of essential vitamins and minerals. From salads to pasta dishes, spinach adds a flavorful touch to many meals. HULIQ is also serving up two original recipes to help you add spinach into your daily routine in just minutes.
HGTV Dishes About Garden Fresh Vegetables Such as Spinach
HGTV Garden offers excellent ideas for growing and serving fresh vegetables from your garden. HGTV's recent suggestions about starting a raised bed garden make vegetable gardening accessible to almost anyone. Even if you can't bend or have a small space, this is an easy way to plant the vegetable and herb garden you always wanted. Your crop is sure to be fresh, free of unwanted pesticides and delicious. Add spinach to the list of plants you want to grow this spring.
Few will dispute Popeye was a wise man to eat spinach for strength. Spinach contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E as well as Vitamin K. It also have zinc, manganese, selenium and beta-carotene. One cup of spinach has almost 20 percent of your daily dietary fiber to help minimize overeating and aid in digestion. Spinach also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as flavonoids that can help combat cancers. Because of its mild flavor, it is easy to camouflage spinach in meals so even your kids will eat it. Here are a few spinach recipe suggestions from HGTV Garden.
- Penne with Spinach Sauce includes goat cheese with a tangy flair that is perfect for vegetarians.
- Epic Spinach Salad with Bacon, Egg and Blue Cheese Dresses is hearty enough to have as a meal and fits into dietary plans such as the Atkins Diet.
- Sauteed Shrimp with Spinach and Tomatoes can be whipped up quickly on the stove and is perfect for busy evenings.
- Spinaci Alla Pedella uses spinach as a side dish and appeals to garlic lovers. This dish is made in a fry pan.
- Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto uses spinach instead of basic for a healthy and flavorful variation of this favorite dish.
More Ways to Serve Spinach
Spinach fits into the simplest recipes and makes you feel good about serving the meal. Both breakfast and dinner are times to add spinach to your favorite dishes. Seabrook Farms creamed spinach is a favorite in my house. All you need to do is drop it in boiling water for about 20 minutes then serve it as a side dish with fish, chicken or any other main dish you choose. You can even add fresh spinach as a topping on your pizza for a healthy boost of folic acid. For breakfast, it works well in an omelette.
Spinach, Ham and Cheese Mom-lette
¼ cup of fresh spinach
1 slice of deli ham
1 slice of deli cheese
2 eggs (or egg whites)
Tablespoon of butter
¼ cup of milk, to taste
Dash of dried garlic
Dash of dried onions
Dash of dried red peppers
Dash of Italian seasoning
Melt butter in a fry pan then sautee the spinach for a minute or two. In the meantime, stir the milk and eggs with a fork. Add them to the spinach then toss in pieces of ham, pieces of cheese and the spices. Fry on both sides and serve for breakfast with a side of lightly buttered whole wheat toast. Everyone in my house loves when I make this “mom-lette.” This is also an excellent breakfast dish to make for dinner, which is the topic of ABC's “The Chew” today.
Tomatoes and Spinach over Quinoa
Serve a quick, healthy dinner with an Italian flair. It includes quinoa, a vegetable-based alternative for regular pasta.
1 small can of diced tomatoes
Tablespoon or so of olive oil
½ cup of spinach
½ pound of quinoa
Dash of dried garlic
Dash of dried oregano
Dash of dried onions
Dash of dried basil
Toss the quinoa in boiling water with a dash of olive oil so it does not stick together. Saute the diced tomatoes and spinach in olive oil. Add the spices and simmer until the pasta is done, which is usually five to ten minutes in according with the package directions. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce. Add a loaf of multi-grain Italian bread for a fast and hearty dinner. This is another one of my personal favorite recipes on a busy night.
To get more recipes for fabulous recipes featuring spinach, visit HGTV Garden. Make spinach the star of your garden this spring and add it to your breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Spinach salad is a perfect lunch that helps to energize you for the rest of the day. Even your kids will love these recipes featuring spinach and you will be able to get them to eat their vegetables.
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