What do you do when the spinach in your fridge start to go, um, soft? I have two quick ways to use up greens that need to be eaten fast!
First, I think to sauté them. Spinach leaves cook down to nothing, but remember that they retain a lot of their nutrients. So even though it doesn’t look like you are eating much, you are actually still getting all the good stuff. This way of cooking is quick and easy. I usually throw a little olive oil in the pan, a little garlic, the greens and then maybe a touch of vinegar. Another fun thing to try is to add dried fruit (like cranberries or chopped apricots) to the pan. The heat and the oil will cause them to soften and plump up and it will add a nice little punch of flavor to your greens.
My other favorite thing to do with soft or spotty spinach is to throw it into a smoothie. A favorite around here is a Greena Colata! It’s just spinach, pineapple, one banana, coconut milk, lime juice, and shredded coconut. This easy smoothie tastes great and is a fun way to celebrate the spring sunshine!