8 Creative Uses for Spinach

Add a novel twist to your breakfast, dinner, or dessert with this leafy green staple.

8 Creative Uses for Spinach

A favorite of Queen Catherine de Medici, Popeye the Sailor, and Dr. Oz himself, spinach is celebrated as a high-fiber and vitamin-rich leafy green, for good reason. Its mild taste is suitable in both raw and cooked recipes and is often a standard ingredient in salads and green smoothies. But that’s not all this superfood is capable of! Give these unique spinach suggestions a try and take your leafy green game to the next level.

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Spinach Balls

Meat lovers may have their meatballs but it’s time for veggie lovers to get their own bite-sized treats. Enter the spinach cheese ball — a simple snack that works both as an appetizer or as a kid-friendly entree. Mix chopped spinach with your favorite blend of spices, shredded cheese, egg, and breadcrumbs and shape into one-inch balls. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Have your guests coming back for more (or save the leftovers for yourself!) with this decadent holiday tenderloin. Roasted with rosemary, garlic and dijon mustard, it pairs perfectly with a bright and fresh horseradish cream. And when it's paired with mushrooms and shallots roasted in red wine and beef stock, you can't go wrong.