VeggieBoards banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
415 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Do any of you have any good recipes for feresh spinach? I have a bunch of it the fridge that is getting kind of wilted. I need a recipe that doesn't call for anything too 'un-basic' because I just keep the basic stuff on hand. I do have a block of frozen tofu too. Any ideas?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
soup:<br><br>
put about a tbls olive oil in a pan, heat it and sautee 1/2 cup to 1 cup sweet onion in it. When the onion turns soft, add 4 cups water and about 2 medium potatoes- peeled and chopped. Bring to a boil, turn down heat to simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes. Throw in the spinach, cover again, cook another 5 minutes. Add salt and papper to taste and puree (either in batches in a blender or with an immersion blender) serve hot.<br><br><br><br>
Salad:<br><br>
mix together 1 tblsp olive oil and 1-2 tblsp lemon juice plus salt and pepper to taste.<br><br>
Toss spinach with a chopped peeled apple or pear, a peeled and chopped orange, some toasted pecans*<br><br>
Coat with dressing and eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
* to make pecans extra yummy, heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, throw in the pecans and some maple syrup and "toast" stirring constantly until the nuts are glazed and crisp.<br><br><br><br>
Pasta:<br><br><br><br>
cook penne pasta al dente, rinse and set aside. In a medium skillet over medium heat, saute one minced clove of garlic in 1 tblsp olive oil. When it begins to toast, throw in spinach (and chopped tomatoes if you like) and "wilt" the spinach. Stir in pasta and salt or nutritional yeast, cook to heat through but not too long or the spinach will get gummy, and serve.<br><br><br><br>
Creamed spinach in crepes is good too, you can use soy milk to make a thick white sauce, add the spinach and cook a little longer, perhaps some fresh mushrooms too! fill the crepes and serve.<br><br><br><br>
Lisa
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
415 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thanks for the recipes! The soup is cooking on my stove right now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,705 Posts
I also make veggie burgers with fresh spinach.<br><br><br><br>
1 green onion<br><br>
1 clove garlic<br><br>
2 cups fresh spinach<br><br>
4 oz. firm tofu<br><br>
1 tsp. lite soy sauce<br><br>
1 tsp. honey<br><br>
3 tbsp. low sodium breadcrumbs<br><br>
1tsp dijon mustard<br><br>
1 oz vegetarian cheese<br><br>
1 medium carrot<br><br><br><br>
Rinse fresh spinach well and dry. Finely chop spinach, carrot, and onion; mince garlic, set aside. In a medium skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute onion and garlic 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Mix soy sauce, mustard, and honey in a small bowl, add to skillet along with the spinach and carrots. Drain and crumble tofu into mixture. Cover and cook over medium heat until vegetables are very tender, about 10-12 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until liquid has completely evaporated, about 5-10 minutes more. Let cool and stir in half of the bread crumbs. Form on or two patties and coat with remaining breadcrumbs. Heat the same skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high, cook patties for about 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Top burger with the cheese about 1 min. before removing from heat. Serve on whole wheat bun with mustard.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,778 Posts
Don't you like it raw? I love the earthy taste of it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
184 Posts
I think I must be weird, because the only way I like spinach is cooked (usually the way everyone refuses to touch it). Something about raw spinach...blech!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,081 Posts
I love spinach!! I can easily eat two whole bunches cooked up with potatoes, onions and mushrooms. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> More spinach recipes, please!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
780 Posts
You could put it in a pan with a tight fitting lid along with 1/4 cup of water and steam it for maybe 3 minutes. After that add salt to taste.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
Spinach pesto. (See variation below.)<br><br><br><br>
PESTO<br><br><br><br><br><br>
3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves<br><br>
6 tablespoons pine nuts<br><br>
4 large cloves garlic<br><br>
¾ teaspoon coarse salt, or to taste<br><br>
6 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil<br><br>
nutritional yeast, to taste<br><br><br><br>
Combine the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Process until the ingredients are finely chopped. Add the oil and process until smooth and creamy. Add nutritional yeast to taste. If not using immediately, store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or place in ice cube trays, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the freezer for no longer than one month for the best flavor.<br><br><br><br>
Note: I generally use more garlic and less olive oil. I have also substituted fresh baby spinach leaves for the basil, and probably prefer the spinach version to the basil version. A spinach/basil blend would also be good.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
Mmm... Spinach....<br><br><br><br>
Oatmeal, you're right. It's VERY tasty raw! By itself, or with raspberry vinaigrette! Sometimes I just wilt in it a pan with a bit of water. Spinach doesn't really need anything to taste good.. It doesn't go bad anymore since I went vegan! hehehe.<br><br><br><br>
It's also good on homemade pizzas! Or pasta... Ahh, spinach... What would I do without you?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,748 Posts
Does anyone know what the nutritional benefits of spinach are? I know it has calcium, but it cannot be absorbed because of oxalates.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
hooray! i've just come home with spinach too and was wodering what to do with it...<br><br><br><br>
the hardest part now is to decide!!!...<br><br><br><br>
mmm.. it's a pasta night here i think...<br><br><br><br>
off i go!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,081 Posts
Does anyone have a recipe for a spinach curry? I was just thinking (OK daydreaming) about this fantastic one I had at a little Indian restaurant in Las Vegas -- now out of business, and would've been on the other side of the continent anyway, so not much chance of getting it again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I don't know much about the different types of curries, so experimentation could be dangerous ...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
2 cups of raw spinach has:<br><br>
28 calories<br><br>
3.6 grams protein<br><br>
7.8 grams fiber<br><br>
4 grams carbohydrate<br><br>
.36 grams fat<br><br>
8920 IU vitamin A<br><br>
3 grams vitamin E<br><br>
56 mg vitamin C<br><br>
*212 grams folacin*<br><br><br><br>
it also has heathy amounts of potassium, iron, and B vitamins.<br><br><br><br>
It's a good food, but not a good source of calcium. Kale, collard greens, and broccoli have very little oxalic acid, so maybe vegans should combine spinach with one or more of those members of the cole family when cooking.
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top