Frozen Spinach -- what to do with it?
As I've mentioned before on this board, I am very lucky in that I have 2 small chowhounds (ages almost 3 years old and almost 11 months old). They eat everything!
When my husband was out the other night, I was feeding them dinner, which consisted of turkey meatballs and little spanakopita that I buy at Trader Joe's. I keep the spanakopita in the freezer, just to mix things up once in a while. My son, almost 11 months old, couldn't really eat the flaky pastry part (too flaky) but I was giving him the spinach/feta filling on a fork and he loved it.
So it got me thinking about how I could prepare frozen spinach in order to make it tasty, without adding a lot of fat. The only thing that I could come up with was to make a spinach/cheese bake kind of thing, so I bought low-fat cottage cheese the next day. The recipe that I have includes, frozen spinach, cottage cheese, eggs, bread crumbs (actually it really calls for matzoh meal, since it's a Passover recipe!) and some spices. It's very easy and good, but I was wondering if anyone else has any suggestions for a tasty, easy spinach dish?
A million things!
mixed into pasta
baked eggs with spinach and tomato sauce
Caldo Verde (spinach and chick pea soup)
egplant involtini filling
between baked fish fillets for a fish florentine dish
cream of spinach soup
tossed into a bean salad
stirred into mac and cheese
mixed into a chicken cacciatore dish
off the top of my head.....I love frozen spinach
Mix with low fat cream cheese and diced up onion. Buy some Frito scoops and you have a great dip
Works great for quiche. 1 package thawed and water squeezed out. Saute w/ a little chopped shallot, add S&P and nutmeg. Put into (unbaked) pie crust, top with mix of 3 large eggs and enough milk (skim is fine) to make 1 1/2 cups. Top this w/ a little grated Swiss cheese and more nutmeg. Bake at 375 for 35 mins.
I use the frozen chopped spinach from Traders in a number of ways:
- cook just enough to thaw, squeeze dry, and season with soy sauce, salt, sugar, vinegar, sesame seeds to make a Japanese style salad
- creamed spinach
- Spanish style with nuts and raisins
- Spanish style with chick peas
- cook some with rice to color