March is National Frozen Food month, and though frozen foods get a bad name, there are some great frozen fruits and vegetables that are just as good (or even better) than the fresh stuff. Frozen spinach savings can definitely add when you switch from fresh spinach. If you take a bag of spinach and steam it down, the texture is comparable to that of frozen spinach thawed – in comparison, frozen Brussels sprouts are mushier and not nearly as tasty as fresh Brussels sprouts. It’s also a great value – fresh spinach cooks down so much that a bag ends up cooking down to far less than a frozen package, yet is usually three times the price.
How to Find Frozen Spinach Savings
Here are some great ideas for frozen spinach:
- Spinach and turkey meatballs – add thawed frozen spinach to any meatball recipe for some nutrition-packed protein balls.
- Stir fries – Add to any vegetable or meat stir fry for a kick of extra protein.
- Smoothies – instead of using fresh greens, try adding some frozen spinach. You can even blend the spinach into your smoothie while still frozen.
- Soups – you can make cream of spinach soup, or even just add the frozen spinach to other broth-based soups, like chicken and vegetable, to add nutritional value.
For a great party dip, try making this gooey and creamy spinach and artichoke dip, courtesy of Alton Brown at the Food Network.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
1 ½ cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.
To save some calories, replace the cream cheese with Neufchatel cheese, and the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt. For more money saving tips on your groceries, see some of our past Eat Your Way to Debt Relief posts:
These recipes will give you some frozen spinach savings that could result in faster debt elimination.