Naturally low in carbohydrates, spinach is the perfect ingredient in Keto-friendly foods from breakfast til dinner.
Full of iron, vitamins, potassium, fiber, and folate-spinach is a true food superhero!Dr. Amy Myers, M.D., notes, A single cup of cooked spinach contains a whopping 840 mg of potassium to get you well on your way to meeting your daily requirements.
Forget the simple spinach salad, this salad features new and inventive ways to get more spinach in your life, from delicious spinach guacamole, spinach-packed Asian meatballs, even a spinach coconut curry!
Whether its the featured ingredient in your main course or a savory side, theres no reason not to add a little spinach to your meal with this list of fantastic Keto-friendly recipes!
Here are just a few of the Keto Spinach Recipes that weve included:
- Mini Spinach Meatloaves
- Ham and Spinach Mini Quiches
- Spinach Almond Stir-Fry
- Spinach and Pancetta Saute
- Keto Asian Meatballs with Dipping Sauce
- Asian Keto Miso Soup (Topped with Shrimp)
- Ketogenic Green Smoothie
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Keto Spinach Appetizers
Ingredients: ground pork or ground turkey, ground beef, onion, garlic, fresh spinach, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, almond or coconut milk, coconut oil.
What a versatile recipe this is! These tasty little meatloaves would be ideal for a healthy breakfast, a light low-carb lunch or as a snack on the go, but would also make a great appetizer for a dinner party, or as party food! The list is endless! You could even use ground turkey instead of beef if you prefer and alter the seasoning to make it more your own. Have fun experimenting with different combinations!
Ingredients: eggs, ham, spinach, leek, cup coconut milk, baking powder, salt, pepper.
These little paleo crustless quiches have the perfect balance of meat and vegetables, making them super-tasty and perfect for a quick snack or lunch. These taste just as good cold so would be great to take to work or pack in the kids lunchboxes. Just be a bit careful to taste the mixture before you add the salt as the ham can be salty enough, depending what type you use.
A Girl Worth Saving
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Ingredients: pancetta, cream cheese, artichoke, mayo, sour cream, parmesan, garlic powder, frozen spinach.
For parties and celebrations, it can be a challenge to find dips that fit with your ketogenic lifestyle, so delicious recipes like this can come to the rescue! This one has a chunkier texture than some but is still great served with keto crackers or vegetable crudits as it is packed with flavor from the garlic and parmesan. There really is no need to go down the route of loads of carbs even for special occasions.
Peace, Love and Low Carb
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Ingredients: artichokes, roasted red peppers, spinach, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, mayo, garlic, salt, pepper.
If you are looking for a slightly different Paleo dip to serve at your next party, this recipe is the one for you! It is absolutely packed with flavor and has all the goodness of the vegetables combined with a smooth and creamy sauce to give you a dip that is just shouting out for some Paleo crackers or a rainbow of vegetable sticks to get it into your mouth!
Feasting on Joy
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Ingredients: artichoke hearts, organic baby spinach, whole-food mayonnaise, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper.
Here is something new for you to try a dip that is designed to be eaten warm! The whole-food mayonnaise gives this dip its rich and creamy texture and the spinach gives this dish a wonderful green color making it a good dip to serve for St. Patricks Day celebrations. This can be served with vegetable sticks such as celery and carrot or with keto-friendly crackers.
Fed And Fulfilled
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Ingredients: cashews, frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, bacon, olive oil, onion, garlic, coconut milk, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, dried oregano.
This low-carb dip has a chunkier texture than some but is still delicious when served with vegetable sticks or veggie chips. Dips like these are easy to eat and can be a great way to get the family eating healthier snacks without them even noticing. Because you have a good source of protein from the bacon, I have even been known to eat a bowl of this on its own for lunch!
The Health Nut Mama
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Ingredients: zucchini, extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sea salt, hamburger, onion, garlic, kalamata olives, mushrooms, baby spinach.
Stuffed vegetables can be so appealing to look at and are a great way to serve simple ingredients like ground beef in a super-tasty way. These delicious zucchini boats are influenced by Italian cuisine and involve Italian seasoning and ingredients like olives which are common in Mediterranean cooking. However if you are like me and dont like them, just leave them out! If you eat Paleo you can add some chopped tomatoes to this recipe too.
Healing Family Eats
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Ingredients: white onion, salmon, capers, fresh coriander, squash pure, solid fat (like duck fat), turmeric powder, spinach, parsley, dill, coriander leaves, lemon juice, chicken broth, salt.
Salmon, especially wild-caught, is so healthy as it is a great source of Omega-3 oils. Not only that, it tastes amazing! So here is a fantastic Paleo and AIP recipe for fishballs with a smooth and tasty herb sauce that sets off the flavor of the fish perfectly. If your family doesnt like cauliflower mash, you can serve these lovely balls with a side of greens, or make them bite-size and serve with the sauce to dip in.
Keto Spinach Side Dishes
Ingredients: spinach leaves, almond slices, salt, coconut oil.
Spinach stir-fries in a matter of minutes and is so full of vitamins and minerals that it is ideal on a Paleo diet. It does take up a lot of room before cooking so we recommend you use a large pot, but once it cooks down it shrinks. Adding the almond flakes gives this lovely side a fabulous crunch, and this dish also makes a perfect accompaniment to pork dishes or fish.
Ingredients: pancetta, spinach leaves.
If you have had a really busy day and need something quick and simple for dinner, this recipe is the one for you. It is tasty, healthy and filling but only takes a few minutes to make. This is a versatile dish as you could have it as a Paleo-friendly main, as a side for roast meats or even with eggs for breakfast. I recommend you dont season with salt as the pancetta is salty enough, and if you cant get pancetta just use bacon!
Ingredients: avocado oil, spinach, garlic, salt.
There are plenty of reasons to get some garlic in your diet.Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra,M.D.says, Part of the Allium family, garlic is a pungent herb that owes its medicinal properties not only to its robust amino acids (17 of them to be exact!), antioxidants such as selenium, vitamins like C and B6, and trace minerals like manganese but to its 30+ sulfur compounds as well.
Spinach is actually better for you when it is cooked as it releases more vitamins, so makes a great healthy side dish to serve with roast meats or fish. It goes well with the flavor of the garlic and is a quick and easy dish to prepare. Try serving this lovely Keto side with your turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas as a healthy alternative to some of the more traditional sides.
Ingredients: bacon, spinach, portobello mushroom, tamari sauce, salt, pepper.
Keto sides that involve bacon and mushrooms can be a lovely meaty addition to your main course and if Im honest I have been known to eat this one for lunch! Because you are adding tamari sauce that masks the taste of the spinach you might find this dish useful for encouraging the kids to eat healthy too, especially as spinach is loaded with vitamins and minerals which are essential for growing bodies.
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Ingredients: mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, egg, almond flour, spinach, garlic powder, salt.
This is a very versatile Keto recipe for flatbread that you can use in many ways. It is easy to make and is really good for scooping up stews or dipping into soups. This is a low-carb, gluten-free recipe so it would make a great tear-and-share bread for a dinner party. You can also experiment using other vegetables or herb combinations for different flavors.
The Curious Coconut
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Ingredients: baby spinach, cooking fat (coconut oil, butter/ghee, bacon fat, etc.), sea salt, ground black pepper.
If you are not confident in the kitchen or you are new to cooking altogether, recipes like this one are invaluable! They are simple and easy to understand and explain how to cook simple dishes with ease. Wilted spinach is a regular Paleo side dish that can be used to serve with all sorts of meals, but is also packed with nutrition, so if you are starting out on the cookery journey, this would be a good place to start!
Adventures in Partaking
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Ingredients: baby spinach, onion, strawberries, bacon, bacon fat, olive oil, lime juice, sea salt.
Please dont think that on the Auto Immune Protocol every second meal has to be a salad not true! Its just that they come in very handy to get all the nutrients into your system and can be thrown together really quickly. This one can be served as is or with some meat for extra protein. You could serve this with a piece of grilled chicken or even a salmon filet.
I Breathe Im Hungry
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Ingredients: coconut milk, baby spinach, nutmeg, granulated sugar substitute, cayenne pepper, salt.
Creamed spinach can be a useful low-carb and gluten-free side dish as it goes with just about any meal. Some people are not keen on the flavor of spinach, so using a cream coating can help it become a much more appealing way to enjoy this nutrient-rich vegetable. Not only that, spinach only takes a couple of minutes to wilt down so this is a super-speedy recipe too!
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Ingredients: water, artichokes, solid cooking fat, onion, garlic, spinach, olive oil, lemon, coconut yogurt, nutritional yeast, sea salt.
This is a spin on a classic spinach and artichoke dip, using fresh artichokes steamed in a pressure cooker. If youre short on time you can substitute 2.5 3 ounces of canned artichoke hearts. The coconut yogurt makes it great for gut health. Just be sure to add the yogurt last to preserve the beneficial probiotic bacteria.
Keto Spinach Main Dishes
Ingredients: ground beef, fresh ginger, scallions, garlic, tamari sauce or coconut aminos, egg, vinegar, spinach, basil, avocado oil.
With the traditional Asian flavors of garlic, ginger and tamari sauce, these lovely meatballs would make a fantastic appetizer for an Asian-inspired dinner for friends. This is also a very versatile Keto-friendly recipe as you can add in veggies, change the spices or even make them with different meats, and the dipping sauce goes really well with any meat or even with shrimp.
Ingredients: shirataki noodles, chicken broth or bone broth, tahini sauce, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, shrimp, sesame oil, lemon juice, green onions, spinach.
Miso can contain some grains, so if you like the flavor but want to go grain-free, this delicious Keto recipe will let you enjoy miso soup but without the miso! The combination of tahini and tamari sauce gives a wonderful Asian-inspired flavor to this soup and you can add in some seafood or meat for added protein. Shrimp or shredded chicken work really well in this recipe.
The Healthy Foodie
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Ingredients: ghee, onion, spinach, Himalayan salt, black pepper, mushrooms, pork tenderloins, Italian sausages, bacon.
If you are entertaining guests and want a low-carb dish that cant fail to impress, then this one will certainly be a winner! Tender pork stuffed with spinach and tasty sausage all wrapped in a bacon blanket mouth watering yet? The preparation might look difficult, but if you follow the steps and take your time its quite easy! Remember to rest the pork for a few minutes to ensure it is tender.
The Nourished Caveman
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Ingredients: ground turkey thighs, duck egg or large chicken egg, ghee, leek, garlic, cumin, pink sea salt, spinach, onion, Swiss cheese, black pepper, lemon (juiced), avocado, greens.
Turkey is one of the most nutritious meats you can buy, and using the meat from the thighs gives you a better flavor than breast meat. The idea of stuffing a burger is quite an exciting idea, because you dont know what you are getting until you cut it open. Serve these low-carb burgers on top of a bed of leafy salad to give you a delicious and satisfying meal.
I Breathe Im Hungry
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Ingredients: cream cheese, butter, salt, stevia, baking powder, flax meal, coconut flour, water, ricotta cheese, egg, garlic powder, spinach, mozzarella, ham.
Traditionally, calzone was a folded pizza that enclosed the toppings inside the pastry, and these ones are so close to the real thing that they will definitely satisfy the need for pizza! You can use whatever pizza toppings you like, but ham and cheese are great in this dish. This low-carb pizza makes a great lunchtime dish served with a green salad. Remember to cut slits in the top before cooking to allow steam to escape.
Low Carb Yum
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Ingredients: spinach, country-style pork or pork belly, coconut cream, coconut milk, red chilies, white onion, garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper, water, coconut oil.
In my family I have one person who would not eat spinach until I tried this low-carb recipe using coconut cream now its a regular meal! The creamy sauce is wonderful with the tender pork and crunchy pork rinds, which also give you a lovely mix of textures. If you dont like spicy food then just cut down the number of chilies you use, but they do add a great flavor and color to the dish.
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Ingredients: ghee, spinach, apple cider vinegar, red chili flakes, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, salmon fillet skinless.
For those of you who dont know, Florentine just means a dish made with spinach, and it is packed with goodness. Spinach is a fantastic green to serve with fish or chicken and is a great source of calcium and other nutrients, and served on top of these salmon fillets and flavored with the garlic and chili, it makes a really wholesome Keto family meal.
Ditch the Carbs
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Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, spring onions, curry paste, chicken breast, pumpkin, coconut cream, fresh spinach.
Despite the fact that this is a low-carb recipe, the curry is so full of flavor and has a wonderfully creamy sauce that is mild and not too spicy, so this would be the perfect curry for younger members of the family or for folks who dont like things too hot. The pumpkin adds body to the dish and helps with the creamy consistency yet still keeping those carbs down.
Ingredients: wild sockeye salmon, coconut milk, spinach, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, salt.
Spinach goes so well with salmon as it adds a freshness to the overall flavor and pairing it with dill which has an aniseed taste makes the salmon shine through! This AIP recipe only takes fifteen minutes from start to finish, so it could be a really tasty meal for a mid-week dinner. If you cant get salmon or are not a fan, you can use any white fish you like, but a meaty one like cod would work best here.
Keto Spinach Smoothies
Ingredients: spinach (or kale), almonds (raw), brazil nuts, coconut milk, Amazing Grass Greens Powder.
Smoothies can be the answer to a healthy breakfast if you just dont have the time to cook, or if you need a hit of energy to start the day. This green one may look a bit grassy, but the nutritional values just cant be ignored. This is a low-carb recipe that will almost certainly give you all the energy you need to get your system started in the morning.
Ingredients: spinach, unsweetened coconut milk, avocado, vanilla extract, sweetener.
This smoothie would be great to have for a healthy Keto or Paleo breakfast or afternoon snack. The avocado adds a creamy consistency, and the vanilla gives it a simple classic flavor. For a hint of chocolate, add some CoBionic Indulgence collagen.
Ditch the Carbs
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Ingredients: frozen berries of choice, coconut cream, spinach, cocoa powder, granulated sweetener of choice.
Most children like shakes and smoothies, but todays ones can be fruit-based which isnt always good. High levels of fructose can cause us to ingest sugars without realizing and can even aggravate such conditions as gout. Smoothies can be vegetable-based instead, like this Paleo low-carb version, and it still has the flavors the family like fruit from the small number of berries, and every childs dream, chocolate!
Ingredients: protein powder, spinach, MCT oil, chia seeds, flax meal.
Protein shakes and smoothies can be the perfect Keto breakfast, especially if you are short of time in the morning. They can also help get your energy back after a workout. This recipe uses chia seeds to thicken the smoothie and the whole drink can be ready in a couple of minutes. So next time you need the boost of a green smoothie, grab the spinach and get going!
Low Carb with Jennifer
Ingredients: organic strawberries, frozen spinach, chia seeds, almond butter, granulated Swerve, water or Almond milk.
Here is another great recipe that gives you lists of low-carb ingredients to use as inspiration for your new green smoothies. These can set you up in the morning, get you back on your feet after an illness and give you energy for a workout, so why not try out some of the ideas here to find your go-to green drink, whether you like it spinachy or not!
Eat Fat Beat Fat
Ingredients: almond milk, spinach, avocado, coconut oil, strawberry, ice.
Green smoothies can be a great Keto breakfast as they are quick and easy to make, taste so good and are a great source of nutrients and vitamins to help kick-start your body. Because of the avocado, this smoothie has a rich and creamy consistency and the strawberry adds a natural sweetness to offset the spinach. You can also use blueberries in this smoothie to boost the anti-oxidants.
Ingredients: avocado, fresh spinach, coconut milk, water, vanilla powder, MCT oil, erythritol.
This recipe is definitely for the fans of green smoothies and not so much for folks who like their drinks sweet! This Keto smoothie is thick and has a more sophisticated flavor thanks to the spinach and whey protein. It is packed with health-giving antioxidants and nutritious minerals, but it does not have fruit in it, so I would suggest this is more designed for adults than children.
Ingredients: egg, kombucha (or water or coconut milk or almond milk), fruit ( a mix of berries), fresh spinach, avocado.
Here is the ideal Paleo rescue recipe if you sleep in or are just too lazy to get up on time! Simply toss all the ingredients into a blender and whizz for a tasty and nutritious start to the day. This recipe involves using a raw egg, so this may not be advisable for some, but it gives you added protein to get you going in the morning. If you dont have kombucha, you can just use water instead.
Ingredients: almond milk, spinach, cucumber, celery, avocado, coconut oil, liquid stevia, Isopure protein powder, chia seeds.
Rather than incorporating the chia seeds into this low-carb breakfast smoothie, this Keto recipe uses them as a garnish, which adds a different texture to the drink. You get all the freshness of flavor from the cucumber and celery combined with the earthy spinach and the added boost from the protein powder. This would be the perfect drink for post-workout to get your energy levels back up and refresh you.