In Season: Cooking with Spinach

It's spring! Trade your hearty winter vegetables for tender baby spinach.

Stick to your diet with our spinach salad recipe

Mix it up! These tasty ideas could have your family gobbling spinach like a certain cartoon sailor.

Strata: Layer bread with chopped cooked bacon, Cheddar, and sautéed spinach and onion. Beat eggs with milk, season and pour over bread. Bake at 350°F until firm.

Salad: Toss baby spinach with sliced red bell pepper, red onion, chopped hard-boiled eggs and sunflower seeds for a hearty, nutritious lunch.

Smoothies: Blend fresh or frozen spinach with berries, yogurt and frozen bananas for breakfast or a midafternoon treat. Sprinkle in ground flaxseeds for extra fiber.

Side dish #1: Cook scallions in olive oil. Add spinach, sauté for a minute or two, then mix in a generous amount of chopped fresh dill. Top with crumbled feta.

Side dish #2: Sauté minced garlic and fresh ginger in oil until softened; sprinkle in cumin and curry and cook until fragrant, a minute or two. Add spinach and cook until wilted.

**Choose fresh versus frozen: Fresh spinach is often pricier than frozen, but sometimes its flavor is essential in a recipe. Should you shell out or not?

BUY FRESH FOR...                   

• Sautéed spinach

• Spinach pesto

• Creamed spinach


BUY FROZEN FOR...

• Lasagna

• Soup

• Meatballs


Want to start incorporating this leafy green into more of your family meals? Check out these tasty spinach recipes. Tell us: What's your favorite way to eat spinach? And how do you sneak veggies into your meals?