As a kid, when Popeye crushed open that can of spinach, did you say, “yuch?” If you did, it was probably because the spinach you had been served had been flavorless, mushy, canned spinach. Spinach is so much better than that. When it’s fresh from the farm or garden and prepared the right way, you might be surprised at how much you and your family love it.

Here are five recipes that might make spinach something everyone in the house asks for. Imagine that!

  1. Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Portobellos – If you like vegetarian lasagna, you’re going to love this. Ricotta, spinach, marinara and Parmesan cheese are stuffed inside a large Portobello mushroom cap. Perfect for a Meatless Monday or any night.
  2. Basic Cooked Spinach – When done right, cooked spinach doesn’t have to be mushy and flavorless. Simply Recipes explains that when cooked until just wilting and with a little olive oil, garlic, and salt, cooked spinach is a treat.
  3. Spinach and Tortellini Salad – A summer salad that mixes cooked tortellini with fresh spinach, red onion, artichoke hearts, and vinaigrette. Can be served warm or chilled.
  4. Spinach Soup with Egg Strips – A simple chicken broth soup (vegetable broth can be substituted for vegetarians), cooked eggs, spinach, scallions and garlic flavor the broth for a summer soup.
  5. Chickpea, Spinach, Feta, and Pepita Tacos – A very different sort of soft taco, but it’s full of healthy, flavorful ingredients including pumpkin seeds and avocado.

I love hunting down the recipes for my “5 for…” posts. I always discover ways to serve fresh, seasonal produce that I would never have thought of. I hope that you found one or two recipes in the mix that you’ve never thought of but want to give a try. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipes: 5 for spinach
Forget the mushy, canned stuff Popeye used to eat. Fill up on healthy, fresh, seasonal spinach.