15 Spinach Recipes That'll Make You Feel Like Popeye

It's not just for cartoon tough guys. Spinach sometimes gets a bad rap -- leafy green veggies aren't everyone's favorite after all. But we're here to say that spinach deserves a second chance! To help it gain the respect it deserves, we collected a bunch of spinach recipes -- from side dishes to salads and more -- that you should try out, especially if you're trying to get your Popeye on.

1. Easy Sautéed Spinach

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Simply Recipes

Let's start simple. This sauteed spinach recipe has just four ingredients -- large bunches of spinach, extra virgin olive oil, sliced garlic cloves, and salt. Prep time and cook time are just ten minutes!

2. Wilted Baby Spinach with Garlic and Oil

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Skinny Taste

More garlic, because you can never have enough! This recipe also has just a few ingredients, and there's a little bit of pepper thrown in for extra flavor. Total time to make this one is super short too.

3. Spinach Casserole with Feta and Crunchy Topping

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Olive Tomato

A healthy casserole with a crunchy topping? Sign us up! Onions, parmesan cheese, oregano, dill, and breadcrumbs, all make their way into this delicious recipe.

4. Apple Spinach Salad

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Gimme Some Oven

All sorts of yummy ingredients are in this dish -- dried cranberries, apples, walnuts, and, of course, lots of baby spinach leaves. See the recipe.

5. Catalan Chickpeas and Spinach

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Gimme Some Oven

Smoked paprika and ground cumin really round out this delicious tapas recipe-- raisins and pine nuts all make appearances, too.

6. Beef and Spinach Lasagna

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Taste of Home

Talk about comfort food. If you want a little meat to go with your vegetables when planning a weeknight meal, why not a beef and spinach lasagna recipe? A bunch of ricotta cheese and mozzarella doesn't hurt.

7. Spinach Walnut Pesto

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Cooking Light

A good pesto is never a bad idea for the recipe book. This pesto recipe features fresh lemon juice and crushed red pepper -- yum.

8. One Pan Spinach and Zucchini Pasta

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Gimme Delicious

This is a great vegetarian dish if you're looking for options when hosting an event or bringing something to a potluck. Fettucine pasta, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, cheese, and spices all come together to make a delectable pasta meal.

9. Spinach and Bacon Quiche

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Tastes Better from Scratch

This one could be great as a brunch option. Swish, mozzarella, Monterey jack, or cheddar are all recommended to make it even more flavorful, and you could probably modify this recipe to make it a frittata instead.

10. Greek Lentil and Spinach Soup with Lemon

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Washington Post

And now for a soup entry! This recipe includes an entire pound of brown or large green lentils, a jalapeno, coriander and cumin seeds, potatoes, butternut squash, and so much more.

11. Garlic Quinoa and Spinach Bowl

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Whole Food Bellies

You can even add a poached or fried egg to this quinoa dish if you'd like to make it a breakfast bowl. See the recipe.

12. Chicken Thighs with Shallots and Spinach

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Taste of Home

Another meat and veggie option, this chicken dish looks beyond amazing. You'll need a little white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth and sour cream for this recipe.

13. Potato Spinach Gnocchi

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Caroline's Cooking

This Italian dish is described as "comforting, light and tasty." Sounds great to us! See the recipe.

14. Spanakopita

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Dinner at the Zoo

Obviously, we would be remiss not to include a spanakopita recipe on this list. Check out that crispy crust!

15. Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry

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Serious Eats

We love a good curry, and this spinach and sweet potato curry looks like it's absolutely worth our time. See the recipe here.

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