Canned spinach is an easy way to incorporate more veggies into your diet without having to make extra effort. Here are a few delicious recipes you can try using canned spinach:
Spinach is an incredibly nutritious vegetable, packed with vital
vitamins and minerals. These canned spinach recipes will help you get more of your greens into your diet while enjoying a delectable meal.
1. Chickpea and Spinach Curry
A nutritious vegan curry recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make. Not only is it low in calories (123 for a large serving), but also packed with protein and iron.
The secret to making an excellent curry lies in its spices. Onions, garlic and ginger are essential components for creating a flavorful base; they help create an intense, complex aroma that will make your dish stand out from others.
Ground coriander, cumin and paprika are great additions to a dish as well as turmeric and garam masala – all available from supermarkets. These ingredients provide an irresistible depth of flavor that’s hard to resist.
Chickpeas make an excellent addition to curries as a plant-based source of protein with their creamy texture. Furthermore, chickpeas provide essential vitamins like fibre and iron.
This vegan curry recipe requires few ingredients that you likely already have on hand, making it an ideal midweek meal that can be prepared in 45 minutes and served with Indian naan or chapatis.
Serve this delicious curry with rice or naan, but you can also experiment with other vegetables or serve it over quinoa or brown rice instead of white. Just be sure to simmer the curry long enough so that it thickens and the chickpeas are tender.
2. Creamy Spinach Sauce
One of the best ways to serve spinach is with creamy sauce. This simple yet delectable side dish is packed with flavor and pairs perfectly with protein or carbs for a complete meal.
This dish is incredibly simple to make and can be utilized either fresh or frozen spinach. Heavy cream gives the spinach a wonderful creamy texture when mixed with heavy cream, butter, garlic, nutmeg, salt, and pepper for seasoning.
This delicious side dish can be enjoyed by the entire family, especially kids. It’s an effective way to encourage them to eat their greens which is essential in preventing cancer and other serious illnesses.
You can also add some nutmeg to this recipe, which helps mask the bitterness in spinach. It can either be added directly to the spinach or mixed into the creamy sauce before serving.
Making this delicious creamy spinach sauce requires cooking the spinach first, by blanching it in boiling water for just one minute. This helps retain color and tenderize it for further processing in the cream sauce.
Once cooked, spinach is added to a cream sauce made on the stovetop using butter and flour. After that, milk is added for flavorful creaminess that’s finished off with Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Finally, it’s finished off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese for extra richness.
3. Chickpea and Spinach Omelet
Chickpea and spinach omelette is an incredibly simple vegan breakfast recipe that’s packed with fiber. Feel free to customize this egg-free meal with whatever veggies and fillings you like – the results will be satisfying and filling!
Chickpea flour omelets, inspired by the Indian dish pudla (also known as chilla or cheela), can be enjoyed as either a nutritious meal or quick snack on-the-go. Ideal for busy weekday or weekend brunches, chickpea flour omelets make an excellent addition to any menu.
To make the batter, whisk together chickpea flour, salt, baking powder and turmeric in a bowl. Slowly add water while mixing well to avoid lumps forming. Heat up a non-stick pan over medium-high heat and pour in the batter; cook for 3-5 minutes until underside is lightly browned and cooked evenly on both sides.
Flip and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes or until your chickpea and spinach omelette is no longer soft in the center. Serve with your favorite dip and toppings!
For a protein-packed and satisfying vegan breakfast, this chickpea and spinach omelette is sure to please! It takes only minutes to make and the high-protein chickpeas make it particularly filling. For an even healthier option, why not stir in some sauteed greens, scrambled tofu, or wilted spinach with garlic for even greater nutrition?
This omelette is perfect for customizing with your favorite toppings. Try stuffing it with sauteed mushrooms and nutritionally dense bread slices to make a sandwich!
4. Spinach Casserole with Mushroom Soup
This spinach casserole is a flavorful and creamy side dish that’s popular among many people. Plus, it’s extremely versatile; you can pair it with other dishes to make for an entire meal!
This rich and flavorful sauce is made with condensed cream of mushroom soup and milk, giving it its signature richness. Additionally, grating a block of cheddar cheese by hand instead of pre-shredded packaged cheese allows the cheese to melt more smoothly into the sauce for added smoothness.
Frozen spinach should be thawed and squeezed dry to extract as much moisture and water as possible, to prevent the dish from becoming overly soggy after cooking. You can reheat this dish in the oven by covering it from direct heat, which helps steam it and keep any extra liquid out.
To make this spinach casserole, you’ll need frozen chopped spinach, condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, sour cream, cheese and butter. For extra flavor you can season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
This spinach casserole is a quick and easy recipe that’s ideal for any special occasion! It even freezes well, making it the ideal prep-ahead dish! You can prepare ahead of time then bake later. Not only that, but this nutritious breakfast dish makes an excellent start to your day; packed with vitamins and nutrients to keep you going strong throughout your busy schedule!
5. Air-Fried Spinach
Air-fried spinach is an energizing way to reap the rewards of this nutritional vegetable. This versatile dish can be added to almost any meal for added flavor and nutrition.
First, rinse the spinach leaves several times with fresh water to remove any dirt or impurities. Doing this will make them crispier when dusted in flour or breadcrumbs. Afterward, roll them in cornstarch or more parmesan cheese for extra flavor and crunch.
Once your vegetables have cooked for 15 minutes, coat them in olive oil or cooking spray and sprinkle some sea salt on top for flavor. Be sure to flip the vegetables frequently during cooking to ensure all sides cook evenly.
For even crispier spinach, bake it in the oven. Although this takes more time and you may need to double the recipe, the end results are worth all of the effort!
For optimal flavor and texture, opt for fresh leaves instead of frozen.
It is essential to use the correct ingredients and equipment when crafting a recipe; otherwise, the outcome could be disastrous.
The air fryer is an indispensable kitchen tool, capable of replacing the microwave for many of your favorite recipes. One such recipe is this delicious buttered spinach dip which not only takes only minutes to make but is also healthy for you!
The air fryer can also be used to create healthier dishes, like these air-fried spinach chips. These healthy snacks will be hard to resist!
6. Spinach Artichoke Dip
This creamy dip is packed with spinach and artichokes for an irresistibly tasty appetizer to bring to a party or keep in your refrigerator for a cozy night in at home!
Make this dish ahead of time to save you time. Simply mix together the dip, place in a ceramic baking dish or ramekin, and bake until hot and bubbly.
This recipe’s creamy base is composed of cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. They provide the dip with a rich, velvety texture while parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese serve to bring it all together.
You can substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream and mayo in this recipe to make it low fat. If you want to add more protein, cook up some crumbled bacon or diced ham before stirring in.
This delectable dip is so simple to make and the ideal appetizer for holiday parties or game day! You could also serve it as a snack with bread or tortilla chips!
For a milder kick, stir in red pepper flakes or add hot sauce. This makes an excellent crock pot dip recipe as well.
This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be heated up in either an oven or stovetop; just give it a stir before serving to ensure everything is heated through.