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9 ways with frozen spinach

9 ways with frozen spinach

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Popeye's favourite energy-boosting snack is a great source of carotene and vitamin C, said to help prevent cancer. It also contains potassium, needed to regulate blood pressure.


  • Spinach, baby marrow and potato rosti
    Defrost spinach, squeeze and drain excess liquid. Mix spinach, grated potatoes and baby marrows together with a couple of spoonfuls of flour. Season and mix well. Fry in a hot pan with a dash of oil and butter until cooked through and golden brown on both sides.

  • Cheesy vegetable bake
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Mix peeled, thinly sliced potatoes, butternut and defrosted spinach together with ready made cheese sauce. Season and mix with chopped thyme. Spoon in an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and breadcrumbs. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, until golden and cooked through.

  • Spanakopita
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Squeeze spinach to drain excess liquid. Sauté chopped onion and a couple of crushed garlic cloves in a pan with a little butter. Season. Mix in a whisked egg, crumbled feta and a pinch of grated nutmeg. Line a greased ovenproof dish with a couple of sheets of phyllo pastry. Fill with spinach, top with phyllo, brush with melted butter and bake until cooked through and golden.

  • Roast butternut with pesto-creamed spinach
    Slice a butternut in half and simmer in stock until half cooked. Carefully (it will be hot) place cut-side up on a baking tray. Drain and discard excess liquid from spinach and mix in a spoonful of pesto and a dash of cream. Spoon mixture into the hollow, drizzle with olive oil and season. Roast until cooked through.

  • Chilled spinach, yoghurt and pea soup
    Sauté a chopped onion in a large saucepan. Add a couple of cups of defrosted spinach and peas. Season and mix well. Add a cup of stock and simmer for a couple of minutes. Blitz with yoghurt and chopped mint. Thin to desired consistency with stock, season and serve.

  • Hot smoked salmon kedgeree
    Boil a couple of eggs until cooked to your liking. Cool under running water and set aside. Sauté a chopped onion, a spoonful of curry paste and a dash of lemon juice and peel. Stir through cooked basmati rice, chopped egg and flaked, hot smoked salmon.

  • Spicy spinach nachos
    Sauté a chopped onion, a couple of crushed garlic cloves and some chopped chilli until soft. Add mince and mix to break lumps apart. Stir through a can of chopped tomatoes, a dash of vinegar and simmer until cooked through and sauce has thickened. Add a packet of defrosted spinach and a can of drained corn and kidney beans. Serve with nachos, guacamole, sour cream and grated cheese.

  • Spinach and bacon mac ‘n cheese
    Sauté chopped onion with diced, reduced-fat bacon and a couple of crushed garlic cloves until crisp. Mix in a packet of ready made cheese sauce, cooked macaroni, drained, defrosted spinach and a handful of chopped parsley. Spoon into an ovenproof dish and bake until golden and cooked through.

  • Spinach, biltong and parmesan muffins
    Make batter from a packet of ready-mix savoury muffins. Drain and discard excess liquid from frozen spinach. Mix through batter with a couple of spoonfuls of biltong powder and grated parmesan. Spoon into greased muffin trays, bake according to packet instructions and serve.


Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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