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Try it Thursday: Spinach!

I try to fit greens in whenever I can…yes, they are that good for you! I scramble my eggs with them, throw them in a smoothie or juice, and use them anytime I can when a sandwich or wrap is in order. Here are a few healthy twists on some favorites…spinach included of course!

This may have been the tastiest "Za" ever!

This may have been the tastiest “Za” ever!

Spinach Lasagna
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Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8
 
Healthy and hearty! Everyone loves Lasagna!
Ingredients
  • whole wheat, gluten-free, or egg noodle
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 2 cups mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Prepare the lasagna noodles according to the package.
  2. Lightly steam the spinach.
  3. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of a large casserole dish. Cover surface with a layer of noodles, ½ of the ricotta, ½ of the spinach, ⅓ of the remaining sauce and ⅓ of the mozzarella.
  4. Lay down another layer of noodles, the rest of the ricotta, the rest of the spinach, ⅓ of the sauce and ⅓ of the mozzarella.
  5. Spread a final layer of noodles, the remainder of the sauce and mozzarella.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40 minutes.
  7. (We added lean ground turkey to this dish, but you can prepare as direct for a vegetarian meal!)
Get the grill ready, these burgers are perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon!

Turkey Burger!

Turkey Burger!

Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Feta!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Summer loving, here we come!
Ingredients
  • Lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup egg whites or 1 egg
  • Splash of EVOO
  • Fresh garlic to taste
  • Crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • (some unsweetened cranberries can also be quite good in this one!)
Instructions
  1. Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Hands are your best kitchen tool here!
  3. Grill until cooked through.
  4. Lie on a whole wheat or gluten free bun. A bed of lettuce is perfect too!
  5. Enjoy!
Super Food Honey Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
This salad can be a great accompaniment to any meal, or a meal in itself!
Ingredients
  • Salad:
  • 3 cups greens (kale and spinach work great!)
  • ½ cup cabbage
  • ½ cucumber
  • ¼ red onion
  • strawberries
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO or grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Chop greens, cabbage, and onions together in a bowl. Top with cucumbers and strawberries. For the dressing blend all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender.
  2. (This salad is Cassie tested and Husband approved! Give it a try for your family this Spring!)
Spinach and strawberries are both excellent sources of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that helps combat infections. In addition, vitamin C works to keep your tissues healthy by helping heal abrasions. Maintaining a diet that contains adequate amounts of vitamin C may help protect your cells against free radicals, notes the American Institute for Cancer Research. Both spinach and strawberries contain high amounts of potassium, a mineral that may help promote healthy blood pressure levels. -Livestrong.com
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What are some of your favorite Spring Spinach recipes?
Your Trainer,
Cassie

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