Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ingredient Spotlight: Leafy Greens

Welcome to all of you joining us for Ingredient Spotlight this week! Today’s feature ingredient – Leafy Greens. 

I can’t tell you how much we love spinach and kale.  Spinach is our go-to green.  We add it to almost every dish we make.  We keep it stocked in our freezer at all times (did you know you can easily freeze fresh spinach?!), and I love knowing you can toss it in casseroles, pizza, soup and more without changing the flavor!

Facts about Spinach

  • 1 C spinach packs 36% of your iron needs for 1 day
  • 1 C spinach contains roughly 245 grams of calcium

Facts about Kale

  • 1 C Kale contains 200% of your daily vitamin C needs
  • Kale comes from the same botanical family as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and mustard!  In fact, all these come from the same species. 
  • Kale’s health benefits are enhanced when cooked

How do we enjoy these leafy greens? 

Kale Chips. A great alternative to potato chips.  Make a big batch for movie night! 

Mushroom & Kale Stroganoff. 

Spinach Squares.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Make-Ahead Spinach & Pasta Bake.

How about you?  What recipes do you have for kale and spinach or other leafy greens?  Link them up below!


  1. We love spinach, did not know that it could be easily frozen, that is good to know. As of yet I have never tried kale.

  2. Looks like I've got some new recipes to try! Thanks for hosting. :)


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