42 Easy Spinach Recipes to Make for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We’ll always sing the praises of kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, but it’s time to…

We’ll always sing the praises of kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, but it’s time to show spinach some love, too. The humble green can make any dish a little more nutritious and a lot tastier, whether it’s a smoothie, pasta or salad. Here are 42 spinach recipes that are as easy as they are delicious.

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One of our favorite ways to get our greens is to sauté them until meltingly tender, then toss them into a hearty bowl of pasta. Even better, this one happens to be grain-free.

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Name a better combination than bacon and spinach—we’ll wait. The crispy meat lends a smoky touch to the greens, which keep everything light and nutritious.

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While they’d make a damn fine cocktail appetizer, we wouldn’t object to eating these bite-size pocket pizzas for dinner (or lunch). And by shortcutting with store-bought pizza dough, we totally can.

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Anyone can cook a veggie, but Ina knows the secret to making it irresistible: Smother it in cream, breadcrumbs and two types of cheese, of course.

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Your nonna might scoff, but we think making this classic Italian-American pasta dish in a slow cooker is the best thing since sliced bread.

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We’ll admit it: We love a retro recipe. But we’re also all about a modern makeover, which is where these cheesy, flaky squares come in.

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If you’re feeling a little virtuous but still want something decadent, this dairy-free side is for you. (The secret ingredient? Coconut milk.)

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We’ve cracked the code on how to improve this classic: grilled chicken. It adds just a hint of charred je ne sais quoi to the creamy, saucy noodles.

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You’re familiar with the popular Israeli dish, right? Our variation swaps spinach in for the usual tomatoes to delicious effect (if we do say so ourselves).

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Meet our version of chicken Parmigiana, which requires absolutely zero frying or dredging—definitive proof that baked can be better.

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Inspired by one of the most beloved party dips of all time, this 25-minute dinner is creamy, decadent and tangy.

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Get your meal prep on with this well-rounded lunch that all your coworkers (or roommates) will be jealous of. Think a simple spinach-olive salad paired with lemon chicken, sweet potatoes and homemade tzatziki.

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This fall stunner has Thanksgiving written all over it. Think tender butternut squash and spinach layered with nutmeg-sage ricotta and mozzarella.

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Homemade soup in 35 minutes? Believe it, babe. Puréeing it in the blender makes for a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel.

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This nutritional powerhouse has just the right amount of sweetness, thanks to honey and banana. And since there’s 9 grams of protein in every smoothie, you’ll stay satisfied until lunchtime for sure.

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Craving beef Wellington but want to skip the night-long food coma? Try this meaty vegetarian alternative that calls for leeks, spinach, mushrooms, celery and tons of fresh herbs.

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Any recipe featuring fresh garlic, butter and Parmesan cheese is one we want in our belly, stat. Throw a generous glug of white wine in the mix and it’s *chef’s kiss*.

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Sourdough bread, a ton of fresh sage, fennel-laced Italian sausage—remind us again why you only make stuffing during the holidays?

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Wait, you’ve never tried grilled pizza? It’s only the most ingenious barbecue main *ever*, since the flaming-hot grates basically guarantee an impeccably crisp crust.

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Aka the easiest way to take store-bought pasta up a notch. Don’t skip the hazelnuts—they seriously amp up the toasty, nutty notes of the brown butter sauce.

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For those who mean business when it comes to brunch. This beauty boasts not one, not two, but three different cheeses: Havarti, sharp cheddar and Gruyère.

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A veggie, starch and protein cooked on a single sheet-pan in less than an hour? That’s a dinner miracle if we’ve ever seen one. The leftovers will keep up to four days in the fridge to boot.

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The fancy wooden board does more than just look pretty. It also makes all the salad toppings easily accessible, unlike a giant bowl that all the crunchy bits would sink in.

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This single-skillet star is the definition of comfort food. And it’s a breeze to make, too—think of stuffed shells like a shortcut to homemade ravioli. BTW, the secret to the sauce’s sweet-yet-punchy flavor is all thanks to roasted red peppers and spicy Italian sausage.

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Risotto doesn’t need to contain a million calories (not that we don’t love when it does). This wholesome take only uses EVOO, vegetable broth and modest amounts of butter, white wine and Parm to reach Arborio heaven. Feel free to use kale instead of spinach if that’s what you have on hand.

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Isn’t it the best when a single meal takes care of your veggie count for the whole day? This stunner boasts asparagus, spinach, avocado, broccoli slaw and a generous glug of green goddess dressing.

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This better-for-you spin on a dinnertime classic calls for a whopping eight cups of mixed greens (kale! arugula! spinach!), as well as part-skim ricotta and mozz.

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Every morning is a good one with this 15-minute breakfast on the table. It’s made with maca powder, an energy booster made from Peruvian maca root. Green tea lovers, feel free to go wild with the matcha powder, too.

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Or summer in a pot, as we like to call it. The recipe calls for five ears of fresh corn, but feel free to substitute about four cups of canned or frozen kernels instead.

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Ever had polenta that wasn’t drowning in a pool of butter and cheese? Didn’t think so. Here, it’s topped with crispy mushrooms, thin-sliced spinach, diced tomatoes and a dollop of basil pesto instead.

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Life is about balance. That’s why this cozy two-cheese mac is loaded with baby spinach and broccolini. Good thinking, Jamie Oliver.

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Radishes, peas, mushrooms, oh my! Spinach has plenty of company in this farmers market dream.

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The key to fluffing up a mini frittata is cooking one side on the stovetop, then broiling the other side in the oven until it’s puffy and cooked through.

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It’s your pantry‘s time to shine. Once you have the pasta, sausage and greens on hand, the rest is as simple as simmering tomato sauce, chicken stock and a few other essentials to savory perfection.

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For nights when you’re craving something filling but still healthy, try this 30-minute Japanese-inspired dish. (Don’t forget the rice for serving.)

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If you’ve never tried spanakopita (literally “spinach pie”), you’re in for a treat. It’s buttery, cheesy and all-around irresistible. Good luck having just one slice.

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Leave it to Coterie member Phoebe Lapine to come up with a lightning-fast hash that we want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (It’s also Paleo, Whole30 and gluten-free, no big deal.)

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Meet the savory breakfast of our dreams: It looks and tastes fancy, but starts with simple a can of chickpeas and comes together in 15 minutes. (Thanks, Coterie member Jodi Moreno.)

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Would you believe that there are five cups of iron-rich spinach on this pizza (courtesy of Coterie member Gaby Dalkin)? It’s practically a salad, if you ask us.

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Coterie member Monique Volz knows that not all salads have to have kale. Spinach is just as good for you and pairs beautifully with all kinds of toppings, like fruit or cheese.

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In just 20 minutes, you could have a satisfying, healthy lunch. Or, you could spend $20 at the salad bar. Your call.

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A frittata is a carb-free blank slate for letting its fillings shine. Slice it up like a pie and you’re ready for brunch.

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