Spinach

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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Lentils with Spinach and Dried Tomatoes

Keep a few cans of organic canned lentils handy to use when you want to make a meal with this nourishing legume in a hurry. To make this dish a little fancier, try using beluga lentils — these small, gleaming black lentils contrast attractively with the spinach and dried tomatoes. 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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Citrus-Flavored Spinach and Baby Corn Salad

This pretty spinach salad can be enjoyed during the cooler months, when small oranges are available. more→

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Wild Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Almonds

wild rice in a spoon

Filled with rich, earthy flavors, this wild and brown rice pilaf is equally welcome as a side dish for everyday meals or special occasions. more→

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