Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis

Popeye knew what he was talking about: spinach is chock-full of vitamins A and C and a great source of essential minerals, including iron. It’s also a versatile green, with an easy-to-mask mild flavor that makes it a snap to hide from picky eaters. Here are five recipes packed with this super-nutritious cool-weather green:

  1. Epic Spinach Salad with Bacon, Egg and Blue Cheese Dressing. Everything tastes better with bacon! My hearty-enough-to-stand-alone salad puts leafy greens front and center but piles on the protein and flavor.

  2. Penne with Spinach Sauce. Goat cheese creates a creamy, tangy foundation for this simple vegetarian dish from Giada de Laurentis.

  3. Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto. Spinach stands in for the old standby, basil, in this pesto recipe. Spread over grilled chicken, it’s healthy and yummy.

  4. Sauteed Shrimp with Spinach & Tomatoes. Author Amy Clark dishes up a simple stovetop dish perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

  5. Spinaci Alla Padella (Frying Pan). Michael Chiarello’s classic menu is a super-simple way to use spinach as a side dish – and a great recipe for garlic lovers.

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