You are here: Home » Cooking How-To » Fresh Spinach Ideas Fresh Spinach Ideas Cooking How-To,Healthy,How-To,Quick & Easy,Recipes http://relish.com/articles/fresh-spinach-ideas/ January 1, 2008 Great recipes make the most of big bunches of spinach. Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/15425-spinach-salad-relish.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint I am on a spinach tear. Or so it seems. The darker the greens, my brother says, the healthier they are. He is younger and, of course, wiser. Instead of iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce, for example, he suggests I use deep, leafy spinach in my noontime salads. He might be onto something. Spinach, I discover, is full of vitamins A, C and K and potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of stroke. It’s also high in fiber and folate. According to university researchers, the antioxidants, lutein and beta-carotene, can also lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and memory loss. Not too shabby a nutritional profile, I tell myself, for a vegetable that likes to wedge itself between my teeth. The thing is, though, when I buy spinach, I tend to buy the jumbo sacks from Costco. This means I am often up to my ears in spinach leaves and looking for ways to incorporate them into my meals. In addition to salads, I make spinach omelets, toss it into soups or stews, use it in place of Swiss chard or kale and stir-fry it when my parents come to dinner. By Christina Eng, a food writer in Oakland, Calif. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Spinach Pesto A perfect topping for bruschetta and grilled chicken. Stir-Fried Spinach A perfect complement to steamed fish or poached chicken. Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Sauce Pasta dinner done right. The whole family will love these stuffed-to-the-brim shells. Spinach and Cheese Pie Think spanakopita but without all the work.