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How to Save a Buck with Frozen Spinach

Fresh veggies are awesome – and awesome for you. But sometimes, the produce you need isn’t in-season or on sale. What’s a frugal cook to do?

Here’s a handy tip from Rachael, who used to be a grocery buyer (she knows her stuff!): A quick way to save cash in the kitchen is to use frozen chopped spinach for your recipes. 

Here’s why:

“It’s a huge bargain, because it takes an enormous amount of spinach to cook down to the 10 or 12 ounce box you’re gonna buy in the grocery store. So, you’re getting great value for your dollar.”

We couldn’t have put it better!

Certainly this doesn’t work for a salad or sandwich, when the bite and crunch of fresh leaves are required. But in soups, dips, stews, egg dishes, and other recipes, you’ll save a bunch if you don’t have to buy huge containers of fresh spinach, only to cook it down. You’ll save a little space in your shopping bags, too!

Here are some delish and creative ways to use up your frozen spinach (or, reasons to buy it next time you’re at the store!):

Spinach-Artichoke Waffles

Creamed Spinach Fork-and-Knife Burgers

Florentine Penne with Chicken

Breakfast for Dinner: Sausage and Egg Strata

Bacon-Wrapped, Walnut and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken with Apple, Celery and Onion Salad

See even more recipes for how to use up your frozen spinach here!

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