1. My go to spinach and egg salad: This makes a great packed lunch
because the eggs can be prepared ahead. Simply combine bagged baby spinach, two chopped boiled eggs, and ranch dressing. Salt and pepper both the spinach and eggs. Add any other vegetables you like and have time for (I like grape tomatoes in this), but the salad is delicious and filling as is with a piece of fruit. If packing for lunch, place the ranch in the bottom of the container so it doesn’t wilt the spinach. Because I often had to work through lunch and had 5 minutes or less to eat, I would also chop the spinach to make eating faster and less messy during lunch meetings.
A variation of this is to add one slice of bacon and 1/4 an avocado to the salad, the dress it by mixing the warm bacon grease with 1 tbs of red wine vinegar and 1 tsp of grainy mustard.
2. With a piece of grilled meat or rotisserie chicken, topped with balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes I make cheeseburger salad, using a bunless cheeseburger as the meat and ranch as the dressing. Grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms are great additions. Serve with baked fries, tomatoes, and pickles.
3. Topped with fried eggs (and sometimes cooked tomatoes and/or mushrooms). The heat from the eggs wilts the spinach slightly. Dressing is not necessary here.
4. Cooked with bacon: Chop and crisp one slice of bacon. Add thinly sliced garlic to the pan and saute for about a minute, then add a few handfuls of spinach. Add salt and pepper. Stir until slightly wilted.
5. Stirred into hot soup. Wonton, chicken noodle, and vegetable soups are especially great for this. Turn canned soup into a meal by adding spinach, maybe some chickpeas or other beans, and serving with a starch like baked potato or ready brown rice. Add nutrients to ramen with a handful of spinach.
6. Stuffed into a baked potato along with cottage cheese and maybe some artichoke hearts, then topped with a little Parmesan.
7. Sliced into strips and tossed on hot pizza. Eating it this way adds nutrients and bulk to one serving of pizza while saving calories by avoiding the dressing.
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