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Replacement for spinach?

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Created March 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I've noticed a lot of recipes with leafy greens I've found seem to include spinach (second most common being kale). Spinach is not an option for us, as my son is allergic to it. I can't cook the stuff just for myself either, as he's sensitive enough to have a reaction just from the air when it's being cooked (granted, not an anaphylactic one, like if he ate it).

Would any leafy green work as a replacement? I would think so, but I'm not certain, as I've never really cooked with any beyond spinach and kale. I know kale would work pretty much the same way in most recipes, but I'd want to switch it up every now and then.

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on May 20, 2011
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Chard is the favorite vegetable of both of my kids. I cook it just enough to wilt it and add salt, pepper, good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which adds a slightly sweet taste. It's very satisfying to see them eat 2 or 3 servings of this, it's like a big multivitamin.

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on March 27, 2011
at 02:14 PM

A lot of stuff that's coming in season now is fruits and veggies like lettuce and asparagus. Stir-frying lettuce sounds great,have to google or youtube it.

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on March 26, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Arugula sauteed in butter/ghee with some chopped garlic FTW!!

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on March 26, 2011
at 05:54 PM

that should say JINX. sorry.

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on March 26, 2011
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ahh! junx! posting at the same time. arugula is a wonderful thing.

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on March 26, 2011
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In some Asian cultures, they actually stir-fry lettuce. It can be surprisingly tasty, but the flavor comes from seasonings and fats. The lettuce itself would be nutrient poor so it would most likely be preferable to do what Stephen says. But the lettuce could be a change of pace.

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on March 26, 2011
at 03:39 PM

eat something else that is in season locally?

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on March 26, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I'd agree that swiss chard is a good replacement veg for spinach, and the taste is not too strong for kids.

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

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on March 26, 2011
at 01:31 PM

I like any kind of greens. Beet, mustard, chard, kale, collards etc. However, some of these are very strong tasting. My children always loved bok choy, which is very mild tasting, and I think would make a good substitute for spinach in many recipes. The asian supermarket near my house always has about 6 different varieties of bok choy--some more leafy and some more stalky.

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on March 26, 2011
at 05:42 PM

i often use arugula (rocket) as a great substitute for spinach in a recipe. delicious raw, too. coming into season soon here in the northeast.

i love to sautee a couple cans of tuna thats been packed in olive oil and drained (not water packed- blech) in garlic and crushed red pepper, then add the arugula and toss until wilted. beautiful.

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on March 26, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Arugula also works well. Sauteing it cuts down on the bitterness that kids may not like. Baby bok choy and beet greens are also great substitutes.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on March 26, 2011
at 05:54 PM

that should say JINX. sorry.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

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on March 26, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Arugula sauteed in butter/ghee with some chopped garlic FTW!!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 26, 2011
at 05:42 PM

ahh! junx! posting at the same time. arugula is a wonderful thing.

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on March 26, 2011
at 01:18 PM

I love using swiss chard, collards, and kale. I would always try to get organic of any of the leafy greens. They are heavy in pesticides.

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on March 26, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I'd agree that swiss chard is a good replacement veg for spinach, and the taste is not too strong for kids.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on May 20, 2011
at 01:34 PM

Chard is the favorite vegetable of both of my kids. I cook it just enough to wilt it and add salt, pepper, good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which adds a slightly sweet taste. It's very satisfying to see them eat 2 or 3 servings of this, it's like a big multivitamin.

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669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on March 26, 2011
at 02:12 PM

What do you do when you can't get them organically?I used to be able to get kale organically,but the season's over.Now I can only get lettuce,but raw is too hard for my gut right now. (Not fan of the pesticides, cause I've got enough parasites inside me already)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on March 26, 2011
at 03:39 PM

eat something else that is in season locally?

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on March 27, 2011
at 02:14 PM

A lot of stuff that's coming in season now is fruits and veggies like lettuce and asparagus. Stir-frying lettuce sounds great,have to google or youtube it.

Af2ad65226384cedd4f5f08825a75b5d

(665)

on March 26, 2011
at 04:49 PM

In some Asian cultures, they actually stir-fry lettuce. It can be surprisingly tasty, but the flavor comes from seasonings and fats. The lettuce itself would be nutrient poor so it would most likely be preferable to do what Stephen says. But the lettuce could be a change of pace.

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on March 27, 2011
at 06:38 PM

This week I picked up some baby bok choy. It's rather fibrous, which may be off putting to some, but its delicious cooked up in some butter with tamari :)

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on March 27, 2011
at 04:36 PM

orach: it is an ancient spinach though and probably would have the same kinds of oxalates as spinach amaranth greens, quinoa greens

these arent availabe in grocery stores that i've seen but are ridiculously easy to grow

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on March 26, 2011
at 05:37 PM

IF you have an oriental market near you try looking for Gailan, sometimes referred to as Chinese Broccoli.

It is actually a type of kale, cooks quickly and is delicious.

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on March 26, 2011
at 01:12 PM

I like using spring greens (or winter greens what ever is in season) still really tasty and much much cheaper then spinach.

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