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How to Prepare Healthy & Easy Canned Spinach

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author image Jody Braverman
Jody Braverman is a professional writer and editor based in Atlanta. She studied creative writing at the American University of Paris and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She also received personal trainer certification from NASM and her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from YogaWorks.
How to Prepare Healthy & Easy Canned Spinach
Include canned spinach in wraps made with grilled chicken breast and whole-grain tortillas. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Cooking with fresh ingredients is best, but it's not always possible. Hectic work and social schedules can sometimes make getting to the grocery store difficult. Keeping a couple cans of vegetables, including spinach, in your cupboard ensures you'll never be without a nutritious dinner option. Canned spinach is already cooked, so you can either add it to your recipes cold or heat it briefly in the microwave or saute pan.

Step 1

Saute canned spinach with diced garlic and onion. Allow the onion and garlic to simmer in a teaspoon of olive oil for a few minutes before adding the spinach. Add a few shakes of red pepper if you like spicy food. Allow the spinach to warm for about three to five minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve your concoction as a side dish or underneath a grilled filet of salmon.

Step 2

Layer canned spinach in a veggie lasagna with low-fat ricotta cheese, marinara sauce and whole-wheat noodles.

Step 3

Make wraps with sliced, grilled chicken breast, drained, canned spinach, shredded carrots and cabbage in a whole-grain tortilla. Whip up a sauce made with low-fat yogurt and salsa, and use it as a dip or spread it inside the tortilla before adding the fillings.

Step 4

Combine drained, canned spinach with a beaten egg. Pour the mixture into a saute pan over medium heat until the eggs are cooked through. Top with an ounce of crumbled feta cheese.

Step 5

Use drained, canned spinach as a topping for a healthy pizza with roasted vegetables and a whole-wheat crust.

Step 6

Add pureed, canned spinach to pasta sauce and curries. Canned spinach works well in these types of recipes in which the texture and consistency aren't important.

Step 7

Use canned spinach to make low-fat cream of spinach soup. Combine drained, canned spinach with low-fat milk thickened with flour and low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth. Add diced onion, garlic and any other seasonings you like and simmer for a few minutes before putting the mixture in a blender. Eating Well notes that you can also add cooked rice or potatoes to the blender to make the soup thicker.

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