Spinach isn't always in a salad.

By F&W Editors
Updated May 24, 2017
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As we’ve learned from Popeye, spinach—with its high levels of protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K—is crazy good for you. But it’s also an effective vehicle for cheese. Today, on National Spinach Day, we’re focusing on spinach’s more indulgent side. Here, the best ways to turn spinach into something binge-worthy.

1. Creamed Spinach with Fried Cheese Curds

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Everything is better with crispy, gooey cheese curds.

2. Spinach and Cheese Grits Frittatas

Use any cheese you want in this creamy frittata.

3. Grilled Cheese with Spinach-and-Tomato Sauce

Call it an adult version of a grilled-cheese sandwich.

4. Easy Stovetop Spinach Mac and Cheese

Ready in just 30 minutes, this easy mac and cheese is perfect with some crusty bread and a glass of wine.

5. Creamy Spinach-and-Shrimp Dip

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Sweet shrimp, tangy cream cheese, spinach and jalapeños come together in this perfect party dish.

6. Spinach-and-Artichoke Galette

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There is no better time to have a dinner party than fall. Set a beautiful autumnal table and invite your favorite people. These delicious appetizers are packed with classic fall flavors and seasonal produce.

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This buttery pastry evokes the classic flavors of Greece with its luxurious, creamy filling of spinach, artichoke and a hint of citrus.

7. Creamy Spinach with Smoked Gouda Gratin

Creamy Spinach with Smoked Gouda Gratin
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Served bubbling hot with a crisp, cheesy crust, this is the ideal side dish for pretty much anything.