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 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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1. Grain-free Mushroom, Spinach And Leek Pasta

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.

2. Bacon-wrapped Black Cod With Spinach And Capers

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.

3. Mini Spinach-ricotta Calzones

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.

4. Ina Garten’s Baked Spinach And Zucchini

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.

5. Slow-cooker Stuffed Shells

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.

6. Spinach Artichoke Squares

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.

7. Coconut Creamed Spinach

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

8. Pasta Florentine With Grilled Chicken

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.

9. Green Shakshuka

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).

10. Spinach And Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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

11. Goat Cheese Pasta With Spinach And Artichokes

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

12. Lemon-roasted Potatoes, Chicken And Spinach With Tzatziki

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.

13. Butternut Squash Lasagna

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

14. Broccoli Soup With Spinach, Cilantro And Croutons

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

15. Green Smoothie With Avocado And Apple

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.

16. Vegetable Wellington With Mushrooms And Spinach

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.

17. Lemon And Spinach Orzotto

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*.

18. Julia Turshen’s Sheet-pan Stuffing With Sausage And Spinach

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

19. Grilled Flatbread Pizza With Artichoke, Ricotta And Lemon

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.

20. Balsamic Brown Butter Tortellini With Spinach And Hazelnuts

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.

21. Deep-dish Spinach And Prosciutto Quiche With Toasted Sesame Crust

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.

22. Sheet-pan Persian Lemon Chicken

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.

23. Prosciutto And Fig Salad Board

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.

24. Spinach And Three-cheese Stuffed Shells

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.

25. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed With Barley Risotto

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.

26. Green Bowl With Chicken, Citrus And Herbs

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.

27. Mixed Greens Lasagna

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.

28. Green Machine Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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.

29. Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle

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.

30. Soft Polenta And Mushroom Bowls

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.

31. Greens Mac And Cheese

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

32. Joanna Gaines’s Spring Vegetable Risotto

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

33. Spinach And Mushroom Egg White Frittata

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.

34. Creamy Tortellini, Sausage And Spinach Soup

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.

35. Coconut Green Curry

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.)

36. Greek Spinach And Feta Pie

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.

37. Mexican Sweet Potato Hash With Black Beans And Spinach

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.)

38. Olive Oil-baked Chickpeas And Eggs With Spinach And Sumac

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.)

39. Garlic, Mushroom And Spinach Pizza

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.

40. Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear And Pomegranate Spinach Salad

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.

41. Spicy Shrimp Caesar Spinach Salad

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

42. Asparagus Frittata With Crème Fraîche

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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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...