Spinach

Spinach or Arugula and Miso Pesto

Spinach or Arugula and Miso Pesto

This delicious pesto turns ordinary carbs into special meals. You can use this as suggested below for serving with pasta, pizza, or potatoes. Or skip the carbs as I’ve done here, and toss this pesto with “noodles” made of raw zucchini and/or yellow summer squash made with a spiral slicer. No matter how you use it, this pesto, made greener with spinach, imparts a rich, briny flavor from the addition of miso.  more→

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Fresh Chinese Noodles with Mixed Mushrooms and Spinach

Mushroom varieties

You will find fresh Chinese noodles in cellophane-wrapped packages in well-stocked supermarkets, shelved near tofu products, as well as in natural foods stores.

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West African Spinach with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Fresh spinach in a bowl

Dishes flavored with peanuts and spiced with chiles are found throughout West Africa. This spinach dish is typical and delicious served over rice or couscous. Let your own heat tolerance be your guide on the amount of chiles to use. If you prefer, hot red pepper flakes may be substituted for the chiles or they may be omitted altogether for a mild yet flavorful dish. Reprinted from Vegan Fire & Spiceby Robin Robertson, by permission of Vegan Heritage Press. more→

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Curried Spinach and Chickpea Soup with Fine Noodles

Fresh spinach in a bowl

Inspired by the classic compatibility of spinach and chickpeas, this soup is not traditional to any cuisine, but rather an offbeat concoction. The aroma that will permeate your kitchen as this cooks is most enticing.

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Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

Whole wheat pasta

One evening not long ago, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I was compelled to compose a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since.

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Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Mediterranean Spinach with Pine nuts and raisins

Spinach with pine nuts and raisins is a traditional Mediterranean side dish that’s both elegant and easy. Its mild and slightly sweet flavor provides a nice counterpoint to boldly flavored Italian pasta dishes. But really, it goes well with most any kind of meal, including those featuring grain dishes and curries as well. more→

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Contemporary Creamed Spinach

In this vegan version of creamed spinach, you get the goodness of tofu, but not the bother of cooking a flour-thickened sauce. It’s a feast for spinach fans! more→

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Big Quesadillas with Refried Beans, Spinach, and Avocado

A sweet and spicy salsa adds an element of surprise to these easy quesadillas.

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