Greens, glorious greens! Lord knows I love 'em, but I know not everyone does; and even for the veg enthusiasts like me out there, some days it can feel like a real effort to ensure you're getting a decent dose of green goodness into your diet.
Not to mention sneaking extra veg past the palate of a picky partner, or the astonishingly sharp senses of a small child. This is where I find always having a bag or two of frozen spinach portions handy is truly helpful.
One cup of frozen spinach has more than four times the amount of nutrients - such as fibre, folate, iron and calcium - than a cup of fresh spinach, and it's a lifesaver on those days when the veggie drawer holds little more than a wilted stick of celery and a soggy zucchini.
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Frozen spinach is inoffensive in flavour and texture, and I throw these little guys into anything I can.
I wanted to share with you some creative ways to use the humble ol' frozen portions that you might not have tried yet.
1. Throw it into your rice cooker.
Yep - you can add a handful of frozen spinach portions into your rice cooker to spike those beloved carbs with a nutrient hit.
No need to adjust the cooking process, just pop them in with the rice and water - a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt goes a long way, too!
2. Mix it with goats cheese and smear it onto puff pastry.
This is a killer snack or canapé! Thaw your frozen spinach and squeeze the water out, before mixing it with a few tablespoons of goats cheese.
Spoon it onto squares of puff pastry and throw it in the oven. Delish!