National Spinach Day

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, daily smoothie, Gluten Free, recipes, snacks, Vegan

spinach pancakes


Today is National Spinach Day. You may know that spinach is one of my favorites – probably always in my top five foods list. I always have at least one large box (usually two) of baby spinach in the fridge at any given time. Right now? Two.

I’ll take any chance to share some of my favorite ways to enjoy spinach. While most of these recipes incorporate spinach, a couple just like to sit atop a spinach salad, like my award winning pepper jacks. Yep, they’re cute, but you must try the carrot ginger quinoa filling – yum!

carrot ginger quinoa pepper jacks


My spicy green Thai curry is a popular green recipe- I receive emails about this recipe a lot, and it was featured in a newspaper back east. Again, this is one that I add spinach to after the recipe, something to serve atop or alongside. Delicious.

spicy green Thai curry


Vibrant, bright and green:

asparagus pepper bisque


A party favorite:

spinach blini with pimiento spread


Our newest favorite is stuffed with spinach:

lemon piccata enchilada


Almost every smoothie I make includes spinach – it is a great energy source to start my day, and it blends with almost any flavor. Some of my favorite flavors?

chocolate cherry mint smoothie – or “The Hulk”


This smoothie is easy to make while traveling:

pumpkin smoothie


Happy National Spinach Day!

Will you be celebrating?

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

This made me happy to see so many wonderful recipes and photos again. Always so beautiful. I guess I’ll get my spinach at dinner Would have it in a wrap but was rushing and couldn’t find it in the veggie drawer this morning – we just got groceries so it’s packed 😉


2 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

oh, that is a GOOD problem to have… 😉 hope this is a great day and the start of a great week for you, Heather!


3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

I had no idea it was National Spinach Day! I would have throw a party ’cause I LOVE the stuff. It goes in every smoothie I make. Green pancakes rock too!


4 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

well, Happy Spinach Day, Laura! there is plenty of time to celebrate! you probably already did and just didn’t know it, right? 😀 XXO!


5 katie March 26, 2012 at 5:54 am

Such beautiful green recipes you have created! :)

Happy spinach day!

Hope you had a great weekend! Hope your dad is doing good and the house stuff going good! <3


6 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

thank you, friend! Dad is good this week, feeling good and we had a nice visit yesterday – I brought Jason (who I know he misses) and my brother over, and made everyone lunch. It made my heart smile.

house update SOOOOOON! 😀 XO Happy Monday, Happy Spinach Day!


7 jobo March 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

I LOVE all of these recipes!! And I LOVE spinach too. Been all over it lately! These look delish!! Wanted to pin them all up to try, but I guess the older posts don’t have them. Bookmark instead 😉


8 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 7:40 am

well, my dear, NOW they all have pin buttons 😉 just for you. XO Happy Spinach Day!


9 jobo March 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

you’re the best!! off to pin hehe!


10 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

YOU. are the best. XO


11 janet @ the taste space March 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

I had no idea it was spinach day. While I like kale, I will confess to loving spinach even more.. new ideas for using it are always welcome. Love your super green pancakes!


12 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

oh, I love kale too, Janet! spinach is just so much more versatile to me. (although kale chips are always a good thing…). Happy Spinach Day!


13 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

This is your perfect day, isn’t it! Happy Spinach Day and thanks for the reminders on some of these posts I had forgotten about!


14 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

ha – Averie it is ABSOLUTELY my perfect day! 😉


15 Micha @ blissful bites March 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

Wow I had no idea that it was National Spinach Day, but I just happened to post a “spinach frappe” on my blog this morning! I must have known subconsciously 😉
This is my first time visiting your blog and EVERYTHING looks delish. I’m definitely going to have to try those spinach pancakes – yum!
Happy spinach day!


16 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

haa – yep, you must have known, or you just love spinach that much! :) great to “meet” you, Micha – thanks for your sweet words… I’m going to check out your frappe now… 😉 Happy Spinach Day!


17 janetha March 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

You know I love my food holidays! I already celebrated today!


18 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

woo HOO – of course you did! :)


19 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes March 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Yum yum yum. Spinach pancakes are my breakfast every morning. Today I’ll have an extra green muffin for a snack! :)


20 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

sounds like a great snack – happy spinach day!


21 Rhonda March 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

wow that is a lot of green! I love spinach also, thanks for sharing lots of new unique ways to have it.


22 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

you are welcome, Rhonda! Happy National Spinach Day!


23 Allie March 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Well, I think this means I need to pick up some spinach this evening. I love a good green smoothie with a healthy handful of spinach.


24 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

yep, I think you need to! Happy Spinach Day!


25 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’m having a spinach salad with my dinner tonight and I had no idea it was National Spinach Day! :-)


26 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

it’s just such a natural part of our day, celebrating is easy! enjoy the salad…


27 Magic of Spice March 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Happy National Spinach Day! What a great line-Up to celebrate with :)


28 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

well, thank you! happy National Spinach Day to you also!


29 dorry March 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I’m a big spinach fan. it’s one of the foods my body craves on a regular basis, so I always have it 0n-hand. and like many of these recipes, I often add spinach as a base to many meals (& smoothies!) for extra nutrients. love the stuff. :)


30 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

yep, same here. I always have my spinach on hand…


31 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Aw man, I missed it! I didn’t have any spinach today. I did have a HUGE portion of Brussels sprouts though, so I got my green in. Love those green pancakes!


32 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m sure there’s a brussels sprouts day somewhere (not that I would celebrate, ew), you’re just being efficient and ahead of the game.


33 Steve @ the black peppercorn March 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

There are some outstanding recipes there! I love the blini picture! Those are adorable!!


34 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

thank you, Steve – and thanks for stumbling! cheers!


35 Lou March 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I LOVE that last photo… awesome :)


36 spabettie March 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

thanks, Lou… me too… I could go for one of those right about now, actually! :)


37 Baker Street March 27, 2012 at 4:04 am

I missed national spinach day!! Everything looks so delicious but what i like most is that last picture.


38 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

I KNEW it was national spinach day yesterday (thanks to Janetha, of course) and am now kicking myself for not making spinach pancakes. In fact, I haven’t made them in months! That needs to change asap- I LOVE those suckers!


39 spabettie March 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

you know, I think maybe the rule is celebrate within the week? 😉


40 Jean | Lemons and Anchovies March 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

I’ve never seen spinach showcased this beautifully, wow! Love all your dishes! :)


41 spabettie March 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

thank you, Jean – that does make me happy – I do love my spinach!


42 Jeanne @JollyTomato March 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

I can’t believe I missed National Spinach Day yesterday! Count me in as a huge spinach fan. (I just made green spinach frosting for my St. Patrick’s Day cookies.) Anyway, I love these recipes and can’t wait to make a nice big stack of spinach pancakes!


43 torviewtoronto March 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

lovely posts with spinach


44 Christina March 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

Kris I must have missed your lemon piccata enchiladas and I’m SO HAPPY you posted them here!!! OMG they look amazing. I seriously love anything piccata!


45 spabettie March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am

Christina I hope you try these – they are SO good! I love piccata too, and have been thinking of these since I made them…


46 WOD April 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

look at all these spinach greatness, love it all!


47 Lori Larson April 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

from another site I am here, seems you are everywhere these days congrats. I spy my favorite pancake…..


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