Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week, we're featuring one of our favourite greens: spinach!
Spring is trying very hard to get here but the weather is cooperating to varying degrees (literally) depending on which part of the country you're in! But we're gonna guess that you're probably over winter and you're dying for some green. Any kind of green!
Enter one of our favourite green veggies - spinach! This is one green that's packed with good stuff - vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene and it's a great source of iron. No wonder Popeye's muscles popped whenever he ate his spinach.He knew what he was doing!
Spinach is great in the kitchen. It's crisp, with a mild flavour when it's raw - making it perfect for smoothies and salads. Cook it up and the flavour intensifies. It can also add some very vibrant colour to your plate, which is great when you're so done with winter. And, it's a very easy veggie to sneak into a wide array of dishes if you've got some picky eaters who struggle to get their veggies.
Spinach decreases in volume dramatically when it's cooked so don't panic if a dish calls for cups and cups of raw spinach. That's going to shrink tremendously once it starts to cook up. Spinach also release a lot of water when it's cooked (which is why it shrinks so much). So keep that in mind when you're experimenting on your own with adding spinach into a cooked dish.
We've got a great collection of recipes here for you today - there's some delicious dips and salads as you'd expect but there's also some great recipes to help you avoid food waste like a Savoury Croissant Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach and Cheese and some Spinach and Cheese Potato Pancakes.
There's some hearty soups like White Kidney Bean and Spinach Soup, Creamy Spinach Tortellini Soup with Chicken and Velvety Spinach and Cauliflower Soup With Tahini.
If you want to sneak some spinach in to dishes kids will love try the Green Monster Muffins or the Spinach Brownies!
And spinach teams up perfectly with eggs for breakfast and brunch like Baked Feta, Dill and Spinach Frittata, or Bacon Egg and Spinach Muffin Cups. We also love the Spinach and Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche.
So, we invite you to "go green" with over 30 spinach recipes that are sure to add some vibrance and flavour to your plate!
1. Savoury Croissant Casserole with Mushroom Spinach and Cheese
This Savoury Croissant Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach and Cheese from Pardon Your French is a fabulously delicious way to cut food waste by using up leftover croissants! This would be great brunch recipe but would also work for dinner. Either way it's going to be so tasty.
2. White Kidney Bean and Spinach Soup
White Kidney Bean and Spinach Soup by She Loves Biscotti is an easy to make but hearty soup that will fill you up. Perfect comfort food for a gloomy day or when you're feeling a bit under the weather!
3. Spinach Pesto With Almonds and Feta
Vibrant Spinach Pesto With Almonds and Feta from Leelalicious is bursting with flavour (including lots of garlic) and is perfect for dunking crostini in for a quick and easy appetizer. It probably tastes pretty good just eating it by the spoonful too!
4. Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes
Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes from Compelled to Cook is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Serve them up with a mixture of sour cream and dill and you've got a very tasty way to repurpose leftovers!
5. Green Monster Muffins
These Green Monster Muffins are like a smoothie in muffin form! Love in My Oven has combined spinach and banana (the only sweetener in these muffins) in a blender as the base for these green muffins. They're a great way to get some veggies into treats!
6. Pickled Egg and Beet Spinach Spring Salad
This Pickled Egg and Beet Spinach Salad from Dish 'n' the Kitchen is a perfect start for spring - and what a fun salad this would make for an Easter brunch or dinner!
7. Baked Feta, Dill and Spinach Frittata
Eggs and spinach are a perfect pairing and this Baked Feta, Dill and Spinach Frittata from The Delicious Spoon combines delightful spring flavours into a light and fluffy frittata.
8. Spanakopita Spinach Tortellini
Celebration Generation did this fun twist on Spanakopita by making homemade Spinach Tortellini with Spanakopita Filling. If you're a fan of Spanakopita then you'll want to give these a try!
9. Spinach Pesto Israeli Couscous with Prawns
It might look fancy but this fresh looking Spinach Pesto Israeli Couscous with Shrimp from My Kitchen Love is a very quick and easy weeknight dinner! It's also an easy vegan dinner if you remove the shrimp.
10. Spinach and Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche
Is it just us or does spinach cry out to be included in brunch? These Spinach and Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche from SugarLoveSpices will impress your brunch guests!
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