Spinach isn’t the sexiest ingredient, but it adds color, flavor, and nutrients to dishes for very few calories. Kale might be having a moment, but spinach is popular among health experts, too, and for good reason. Your body benefits from the vitamins and nutrients spinach provides, and thanks to its mild flavor, you can easily sneak the dark leafy greens into many of your meals without your taste buds noticing.
Even better, you don’t need to pick complicated recipes with many ingredients to hide the taste of spinach. We rounded up the best five-ingredient spinach dishes you can feel good about eating. Your dishes might boast a rich green color thanks to the spinach, but they’re still as satisfying and (sometimes) decadent as they come, proving that spinach has a place in all kinds of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
1. Spinach Parmesan Pasta
This first five-ingredient spinach recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod proves a dinner studded with spinach’s dark green color can be both delicious and nutritious. The easy meal requires ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. All you’ll need for success are butter, garlic, spinach, pasta, and Parmesan cheese. Use any pasta you have on hand, and get to work. You’ll be left with a carb-filled dish that takes only 15 minutes to make and helps everyone get in his or her greens.
- 8 ounces uncooked pasta
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 to 6 cups packed baby spinach
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
See recipe instructions from Two Peas & Their Pod.
2. Stovetop Creamed Spinach
Next up is a creamed spinach dish from Foodie Crush. Creamed spinach might sound like a side that only your grandmother would make. But when done correctly, creamed spinach is delicious and only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s hard to go wrong when butter, cream, and cheese are involved, and when you’re adding spinach to the mix, there’s no need for guilt. This creamed spinach dish takes five minutes to prepare, and it’ll cook on your stove for about 40 minutes.
- 2 pounds fresh spinach leaves
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup cream
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
- 2 cups freshly ground Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
See recipe instructions from Foodie Crush.
3. Spinach Salad
If you need a healthy lunch or dinner recipe, this five-ingredient spinach salad from Roxy’s Kitchen is the ticket. It’s the perfect light meal to usher in a new season as it stars berries, feta cheese, a homemade balsamic vinegar dressing, and, of course, nutrient-rich spinach. You don’t need to make a salad complicated to keep it delicious. Simply pair sturdy leafy greens with sweet berries and tangy feta, and you have a salad that’ll keep your taste buds guessing and your waistline in check.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup mixed berries — raspberries, blueberries, strawberries
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese cubes
- 10 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
See recipe instructions from Roxy’s Kitchen.
4. Spinach Dip Quiche
You can also make your favorite dip into breakfast with this spinach dip quiche from Food Network. The recipe requires only five ingredients, and it includes a store-bought spinach dip, half-and-half, cheese, eggs, and a frozen crust. Your morning meal can’t get much easier than this, and now you don’t have to resort to cereal or a granola bar fresh out of bed. Rather, treat yourself to a breakfast that seems sophisticated but is actually simple. Because this food formula makes a lot of servings, you can have your spinach dip quiche for breakfast for a full week.
Serves: 6 to 8
See recipe instructions from Food Network.
5. Spinach Feta Dip
We’re not done talking about spinach dip quite yet. If you don’t want to go the store-bought route, make your own at home via this five-ingredient spinach feta dip recipe from Sweetphi. Store-bought dip is good in a pinch, but nothing compares to the homemade kind. And when it enlists only a handful of staples you likely already have in your pantry, you really can’t — and shouldn’t — resist. This spinach feta dip is even easy on your waistline as it stars Greek yogurt rather than mayonnaise or sour cream, along with spinach, feta, walnuts, and garlic. Simply stir together your ingredients, spread on a plate, and dig in. You can enjoy your homemade spinach dip with crackers or vegetables.
Serves: 10 to 15
- 1½ cups Greek yogurt
- 1 cup frozen, chopped spinach, drained and dried
- ½ cup feta crumbles
- ¼ cup walnut pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon salt
See recipe instructions from Sweetphi.
6. Chicken, Pesto, and Spinach Soup
Soup’s on, and this chicken, pesto, and spinach offering from Gimme Some Oven is one you don’t want to miss. It requires only five ingredients for stomach-satisfying goodness, and you get your nutrients and protein in a number of forms. Step away from the canned soup, and get to work on your own with this simple recipe that will take you 15 minutes start to finish. Your flavors will come together before your eyes as they simmer on the stove.
- 4 cups good-quality chicken stock
- 3 handfuls (about 3 cups) fresh spinach
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 2 cans Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- ⅓ cup pesto
See recipe instructions from Gimme Some Oven.
7. Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash
Protein lovers will go for this next recipe from Saveur. It yields a spinach, beef, and egg hash that can be ready in no time and gets you your protein and nutrient fix in more ways than one. Breakfast hashes usually star potatoes, but this one is carb-free and replaces the potatoes with onions, spinach, eggs, and more beef. The five-ingredient hash can be made on a busy weekday or a slow Saturday morning. Top it with cheese, salt, and pepper if you want extra flavor, and then it’s bon appetit.
- 1½ pounds fresh spinach (to yield ¾ pound)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- ½ pound ground chuck
- 3 eggs, beaten
- Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
See recipe instructions from Saveur.
8. Skillet Eggs with Spinach and Cauliflower
Here’s another egg dish from Domesticate Me that will satiate you the healthy way. If you haven’t caught on, it’s easy to add spinach to your egg dishes, and this one features cauliflower, too. You can enjoy these skillet eggs with spinach and cauliflower at any time of day, and it’ll make you feel like you’re indulging in a fancy meal, when in reality, it’s only a five-ingredient one. If you like Italian flavors, you’ll love these eggs cracked into simmering tomato sauce and cheese, and the spinach and cauliflower that also get added to the skillet make this meal a nutrient-packed one you can feel good about serving.
- 1 heaping cup cauliflower florets (¾-inch to 1-inch florets)
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup tomato sauce
- 1 packed cup baby spinach (or greens of your choice)
- 1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
- Fresh herbs for serving (optional)
See recipe instructions from Domesticate Me.
9. Spinach and Cheese Omelet
An omelet is good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It can come together in a pinch, and it’s always satisfying. When only tomatoes, spinach, and cheese are involved, such as this omelet recipe from Southern Living, the meal is vegetarian yet satisfying. And it leaves room for buttered bread or a side salad. This five-ingredient spinach and cheese omelet is cheap and easy, and you can feel good that you got in your nutrients.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup coarsely chopped spinach
- ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup (1½ ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
See recipe instructions from Southern Living.
10. Savory Spinach Chicken
Last up is a chicken dinner recipe from Taste of Home. It enlists five ingredients: chicken breasts, Italian dressing, spinach, salt, and provolone cheese. The end result is a perfectly marinated and browned chicken dinner topped with spinach and cheese. The chicken bakes for just under 25 minutes until it’s ready to serve. This simple spinach chicken is a great healthy meal to keep in your weekday rotation as it’s quick and nutritious, helps you get in your greens, and can complement a number of side dishes.
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast half (5 ounces)
- 4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing, divided
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
- Dash salt
- 1 slice provolone cheese (¾ ounce)
See recipe instructions from Taste of Home.