35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach

By Meg Favreau on 11 October 2013 1 comment

I love frozen spinach — in fact, it's the only frozen vegetable that I regularly have on hand. It's healthy, easy to add to recipes, and cheap — especially if you buy it up when it's on sale. (See also: Best Credit Cards for Groceries)

If you're looking for new ways to use that block of spinach in your freezer, here are 35 great recipes to try.

1. Spanikopita

Thin phyllo dough can be a little difficult to work with — but if the sheets break while you're constructing , remember that they'll still bake up nice and crispy.

2. Quick Burritos

This is one of my go-to recipes when I don't have enough time to make a full meal. To make a burrito for one, combine ¼ of a can of black beans (rinsed), a cup of frozen spinach, and a small handful of shredded cheddar cheese. Heat, then wrap the mixture in a tortilla. (In addition to the frozen spinach, I also keep a package of cheese and a package of tortillas in the freezer for these).

3. Cream of Spinach Soup

Try this — or you can always pump up the nutritional value of another soup recipe by adding frozen spinach. (See also: Delicious Soup From Leftovers)

4. Creamy, Cheesy Side Dish

This recipe for a decadent side.

5. Green Smoothies

Smoothies that combine fruit and greens are a great way to add vegetables to your diet. Many call for fresh greens, but that's not necessary — just check out this .

6. Crockpot Spinach Casserole

This includes instructions for both the stove and crockpot, so you can set it to be ready when you come home from work. (See also: 35 Vegetarian Crockpot Recipes)

7. Spinach Puff Pastry Appetizers

These are flaky, cheesy, and oh so good.

8. Spinach Pesto

You don't have to make pesto with basil. In fact, you can make it with almost any green — including .

9. Spinach Hamburgers

Add some flavor and nutrition to your bun with this recipe for with the meat.

10. Spinach Gnocci

This simple sounds delicious for all ages, but the author especially recommends it for young children who are eating solid foods, but don't have all their teeth yet.

11. Baked Spinach / Spinach Gratin

Smitten Kitchen takes on , with a lighter-than-your-typical-gratin version.

12. Fresh Spinach Pasta

Like fresh homemade bread, there's something about fresh homemade pasta that just can't be replicated by store-bought. Try this that uses frozen spinach.

13. Casseroles

Frozen spinach helps make a mean and healthy (or at least healthier) casserole. Try this , an (I bet it'd be great for breakfast), or this .

14. Spinach Dip

I'm the person at the party who just stands by the spinach dip, practically breathing the stuff. This specifically calls for frozen instead of fresh.

15. Spinach Pizza Crust

If you like hiding vegetables places you wouldn't normally find them, this is delicious (and pretty). Or, you can eliminate the flour altogether and make this .

16. Lasagna

One of my mom's favorite recipes when I was young was her lasagna, which always had a layer of frozen spinach in it. Try this from Chow.

17. Lentil Stew

Perfect for a meatless winter meal, is warm and filling. (See also: 25 Tasty and Affordable Lentil Recipes)

18. Beef and Spinach Over Rice

About.com's Guide to Middle Eastern Food, Saad Fayed, says that this is a great way to hide vegetables from wee ones.

19. Spinach Fritters

I'm especially interested in this recipe, which uses both whole chickpeas and chickpea flour. If you buy your chickpea flour at an Indian grocery (where it'll most likely be less expensive than at the health food store), it might also be called besan.

20. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

This seems like the perfect wintertime comfort food combination: .

21. Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

This is pitched as a healthier replacement for spinach artichoke dip, but I think it sounds delicious on its own. You can serve it cold or hot with melted cheese on top.

22. Quiche

It's really hard to go wrong with a recipe from Smitten Kitchen — like this simple .

23. Quinoa Spinach Bake

Quinoa and spinach get a shot of additional protein thanks to cottage cheese in .

24. Vegan Spinach Sandwich

Kaylah over at The Dainty Squid has instructions for a that combines the frozen stuff with herbs, spices, and a thick slather of veganaise. (See also: 25 Frugal Items for Your Vegan Grocery List)

25. Spinach Artichoke Chicken

OK, if it's not obvious by the fact that I'm including multiple recipes with it — I love the spinach-artichoke combination. This recipe .

26. Spinach and Poached Eggs

I have two versions for you here — indulgent , and super-indulgent .

27. Garlicky Shrimp and Spinach Bake

Not only does this look tasty, but it's also gluten-free.

28. Spinach Bars

These are supposedly a great way to get kids to eat more spinach.

29. Stuffed Mushrooms

Another great pick from Smitten Kitchen — .

30 Healthy Spinach Soup

Super simple, this would be great in the winter with a grilled cheese.

31. Spinach Calzones

I trust the recipes from King Arthur Flour — the folks there know what they're doing what it comes to baked goods. That's why I feel comfortable recommending this simple .

32. Greek Veggie Burgers

These from Better Homes and Gardens are flavored with feta and oregano.

33. Spinach Potato Nest Bites

These little on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.

34. Spinach Bread

You can make a that uses premade pizza dough, or try this .

35. Spinach Cake

Hey, people love zucchini bread and carrot cake — why not a ?

What's your favorite frozen spinach recipe?

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I always like to sneak spinach into eggs or tacos too! And with a little oil and garlic, spinach tastes great!