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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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SOS Kitchen Challenge Recipe Round-Up: Spinach

This month’s SOS (Sweet or Savory) Kitchen Challenge asked readers to whip up dishes with spinach, and wow, did you ever take on this challenge with gusto! We received a dozen fantastic, creative recipes to try that all highlight the super-healthy leafy green.  And yes, a few desserts are included as well!

This month has been ridiculously busy for me, and my SOS Kitchen Challenge co-host Ricki from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs wrote up a wonderful round up for this month!  Since Ricki is the host for this month, I have copied her round up here below, with just a few small tweaks in verbiage and a few additions of my own.  Thanks to Ricki for writing such a great round up, and thanks to all of YOU for participating!  Once again, you have amazed me with your creativity.  My attempt at making a spinach cupcake was dreadful, so I'm way impressed with everyone that came up with successful sweet spinach recipes especially. :)

Thanks to everyone who entered the challenge this month.  As always, if you’ve submitted a recipe and I forgot to include it here, please let me know asap so I can add it to the list.

Here’s what’s on the menu with spinach...



Our very first entry was from Janet at Taste Space (Toronto) –a colorful and delicious Quinoa and Butternut Squash Spinach Salad with Cranberry and Pear. Well, I think the title tells you everything you need to know–doesn’t that just sound delectable? This savory salad is also a bit sweet with the pear and cranberries. Suitable for gluten free, vegan, sugar free, egg free and dairy free diets.

Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes (Dundee, Scotland) offers up a great recipe for Spicy Spinach and Potato Curry adapted from a recipe she found in one huge tome of a cookbook.  Her pics look great (and check out the gratuitious cuteness of her new baby, Cooper!) This recipe is suitable for gluten free, soy-free, vegan, and ACD diets (contains coconut milk).

Kiersten from Full of Beans (Charlotte, NC )’s vegan Coconut Curried Chickpeas and Spinach looks like the perfect quick weekday dinner.  I love a good curry, and with chickpeas AND spinach, you can’t go wrong with this one! Vegan, soy-free, gluten free, ACD-friendly and otherwise nut-free.

A double savory whammy comes to us from Lisa of Vegan Cookbook Critic (Toronto).  First up, Lisa created a quick and easy savory Avocado-Spinach Spread–just look at the deep emerald color of that dip!

She also “uncooked” some gorgeously green Spinach-Hemp Flatbreads on which to spread it. Unlike many other dehydrated flatbreads, these remain soft, perfect for sandwiches. These both are vegan, dairy free, gluten free, raw, and sugar free.

Mom at the Gluten-Free Edge (Georgetown, Texas) decided that her Spinach Mushroom Pieshould undergo a vegan revamp for this month’s entry! This is her remake of a long-time favorite recipe, and it worked out beautifully. The recipe is gluten free and vegan.

Donna from Fab Frugal Food (Provo, Utah) turned to Thai inspiration for her Wilted Spinach Salad with Thai Peanut Vinaigrette.  Using all natural peanut butter was the key to this delectable looking salad.  It’s gluten free, vegan and sugar free. 

Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe (Melbourne, Australia) offers a cheezy spinach-based soup this month with her Pumpkin, Bean and Spinach Soup. While the recipe itself looks delicious, half the fun of the recipe is Johanna’s recounting of the experimentation that led her to it.  And doesn’t the concept of tofu croutons just sound fabulous?

Valerie of City Life Eats (Washington, DC) has created a Lemony Spinach Pepita Pesto. With a unique combination of ingredients, this pesto would be delicious on more than just pasta. It’s gluten free, vegan, nut free, sugar free and ACD-friendly.

Aubree Cherie, who blogs at Living Free (Kennett Square, PA), decided to move out of her usual spinach zone with these Almond Spinach Biscuits.  A great savory biscuit with a hint of sweet (dried cranberries), these treats were gobbled up by her significant other in no time.  Definitely a fun (and delicious) recipe.  Gluten free, sugar free, vegan and ACD-friendly.

I cooked up a fabulous Creamy Spinach and Celeriac Soup, a wonderfully rich and sinlessly delicious dish.  The recipe is vegan, gluten free, sugar free, ACD friendly, soy free and nut free.

Ricki, my SOS Kitchen Challenge co-host, whipped up a Classic Tofu Quiche recipe.  Apparently, she's had for years but never thought to post.  The millet crust helps to make it quick, easy, and delicious! It’s gluten free, sugar free and vegan.  I wish I could eat soy!

THE SWEET CONTRIBUTIONS (Yes, even spinach has a sweet side!):

Rachel from My Munchable Musings (WA) treated us to two sweet recipes this month! First up are these Spring Picnic Cupcakes, her take on the classic Strawberry and Spinach Salad–in a sweet mini confection! She’s also included a great bit of additional history and nutritional information about spinach here.  These are wheat free, sugar free and vegan.  What an incredible idea, I'd never think of this!

Rachel also created these adorable Green Thumb Print Cookies, that are gluten free!  I love how the strawberry sits perfectly in the thumb print–seriously yummy looking (I agree with Ricki's sentiment on this one!!!).  These are gluten free, sugar free and vegan.

My second contribution this month is my Invisible Spinach Smoothie.  While you may have enjoyed smoothies with spinach before, this quick and easy recipe contains another veggie that you might not expect.  Vegan, ACD-friendly, gluten free.


Finally, Ricki's sweet contribution is this Green Monster Muffin.  Based on the concept of green smoothies, these muffins offer up spinach in a slightly sweet, hearty breakfast baked good. She used chopped apples, but you could add in raisins or even chocolate chips to the mix if you like.  Vegan, sugar free, gluten free.

Thanks again to everyone who played along this month.  Enjoy these recipes until next month, when I will announce the new SOS ingredient!  I can't wait, can you?  I'm hosting, so it should be exciting!

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Reader Comments (4)

I said this over at Ricki's blog, but I had to come over and say how much I love this roundup. (and to drool a second time) Spinach is such a favorite of mine. Hopefully I'll be incorporating some of these dishes into my dinners soon :)

~Aubree Cherie

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubree Cherie

Great roundup. Thanks so much to you and Ricki for hosting. I now have tons of new recipes to try and discovered a couple of blogs I had not yet come upon :)

I chickened out! I was this close to submitting a sauerkraut spinach salad I've been obsessed with, but it's not terribly creative. These look delish!

Also, I am loving your new header!!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I have already commented on ricki's post about how gloriously green this looks and how much it inspires me but I wanted to say a quick thanks to you as well because I know that it is a shared effort hosting and it is such a great event

May 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohanna GGG
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