Delicious reasons to stock-up on the frozen stuff

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If frozen spinach doesn’t feature in your diet much, you’re missing out on a highly nutritious, delicious vegetable that couldn’t be easier to prepare. Rich in vitamins and a good source of iron, spinach is frozen quickly after harvesting, locking in nutrients and allowing it to keep for months. It’s also highly compacted so you get a lot of spinach for your buck.

When is it best to use frozen spinach?

Frozen spinach really comes into its own in cooking. So keep the fresh stuff for salads and get out the frozen for dishes that call for volume and less moisture (it’s much easier to squeeze the water out of frozen spinach). Here are easy ways to use frozen spinach in cooking.

1. Easy spinach soup

Whizz frozen spinach up with stock, seasoning, cubed boiled potatoes and perhaps a little garlic. Heat through again and add a dash of cream to finish. It’s quick, easy and good for you, too.


2. Quick pizza topping

Add spinach to a pre-topped pizza before cooking or buy a ready-made pizza base and create your own: add a layer of a rich pasta sauce, then spinach, olives, some cooked meat if you like, sliced peppers and a mixture of grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Cook in a hot oven for 8-10 minutes.


3. Spinach colcannon

Stir spinach into mashed potato, season with a little grated nutmeg and black pepper and top with a knob of butter to serve.


4. Pasta sauce

Pasta sauce, whether creamy or tomato-based, can be enriched with frozen spinach: just put a handful into your favourite sauce and heat through.


5. Spinach omelette

Start off your omelette as you usually would, then add the spinach before it sets. Sprinkle with grated cheese and seasoning, then fold over for a quick lunch or supper.


6. Super smoothie

Because it is mild in flavour, although slightly bitter, spinach can be quite delicious in a smoothie. Mix it with tropical fruits like pineapple, banana or mango, and the sweetness balances the bitterness to make a really nutritious breakfast drink.


7. Simple sag aloo

Fry together some onion, garlic and ginger, then add cubed parboiled potatoes, chilli flakes and mustard seeds and a splash of water. Continue to cook, covered, for a few minutes until the potatoes are tender. Throw in some spinach and heat through to serve. This makes a great side dish to curries, or a tasty lunch or supper dish.


8. Mac ‘n’ spinach cheese

When making macaroni cheese, add some spinach to the cheese sauce to make the dish more colourful and nutritious.

3 delicious recipes using frozen spinach

1. Cheddar, bean and spinach burgers with hot tomato salsa

Veggie burgers are wonderfully filling comfort food. All the ingredients in this tasty recipe can be bought pre-prepared in-store, cutting down on the amount of time and effort involved without compromising on taste. The zingy salsa is a great accompaniment and could also be used as a dip for breadsticks or crudités. See recipe for Cheddar, bean and spinach burgers with hot tomato salsa.

2. Creamy garden spinach

This is a popular side dish and works equally well with roast meats, chicken or pies. It’s deliciously creamy and garlicky and quick and easy to prepare. Made with British lighter crème fraîche, it tastes more indulgent than it actually is. See recipe for Creamy garden spinach.

3. Prawn and spinach risotto

You can make this luxurious risotto in around half an hour, as it’s cooked partly on the hob and partly in the oven, so is less labour intensive than other recipes. The green spinach and pink prawns mean it looks as good as it tastes. See recipe for Prawn and spinach risotto.