1. Use it in pasta. My favourite way to use anything is in pasta, but baby spinach is especially versatile! Apart from sneaking it into bolognese for a green boost, baby spinach with peas, lemon, garlic and ricotta makes a delicious mix through pasta, as does red capsicum, garlic and sautéed spinach with some anchovies or black olives.
2. Add it to risotto. Wait until the end of your favourite cheese/pumpkin/mushroom/pea risotto (it really does go with anything) and just before serving, add an extra splash of stock to the pan, a big handful of baby spinach and stir it through until it wilts. Voila!
3. Use it in a tart. Grab a pre-made tart case and fill it with ricotta, eggs, grated parmesan and some cooked-down spinach. Bake for 20 minutes or until set, serve with black pepper and you have a delicious tart.
4. Add it to pesto. Yes, the basil is super important in pesto and I’d never recommend replacing it, but adding a giant handful of baby spinach will boost the green power and just lighten the flavour slightly (perfect for kids who like pesto, but not yucky green veggies…).
5. Use it in place of lettuce. A spinach and egg sandwich is just as good as egg and lettuce and I prefer salads made with spinach rather than lettuce.
6. Add it to mince. Whether you’re making meatballs, meat loaf, meat pie… spinach does very little to change the flavour of your favourite mince meat recipe.
7. Make pasta with it. Jamie Oliver has made this famous with his spinach pici pasta, which you can find here, but if you’re making a favourite pasta recipe just blend in the spinach and treat it as added moisture in the recipe (so you may need a little more flour).
8. Add it to the end of curries and soups. Curry almost done? Toss a big handful of baby spinach in just before serving (while it’s piping hot) and stir through. Extra green accomplished, without changing the flavour of your curry.
9. Use it in your smoothies. Love a morning smoothie? If you have a sweet fruit, like banana, mango or pineapple in your smoothie and add a handful of baby spinach, the sweetness of the fruit will cover up any difference in flavour the spinach would make. It works in chocolate smoothies, too.
10. Use it in breakfast. My favourite way to get baby spinach in has been left to lucky last! Cooked spinach mashed in with your avocado on toast or tossed into a hot pan for a few seconds right after your eggs/bacon/tomatoes have been removed to soak up the juices are my favourite ways to get spinach in (that, or just as a side to my eggs because I love spinach so much!).
So there it is, my top 10 uses for baby spinach. I hope I’ve inspired you to get a little more green into your life. Stay well, Natalie