In Season: Cooking with Spinach

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

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?