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6 Mouth-Watering Spinach Recipes You Should Not Miss

6 Mouth-Watering Spinach Recipes You Should Not Miss

There are five recommended food groups to incorporate into your diet daily, which at first can seem like a lot to balance, especially if you’re not a huge fan of vegetables.

It’s not always easy to incorporate vegetables into every meal, even though you need at least two and a half cups of them every day to stay healthy. Many people don’t like the way some vegetables taste, and aren’t always sure how to cook them or incorporate them into recipes in a way that makes them taste better.

Spinach is one vegetable that’s easy and delicious to both add to and incorporate into a variety of different recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It’s rich in vitamins K and A, which are essential for maintaining your eye and bone health. Here are six spinach recipes you can try this season.

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1. Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Skillet

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    Wake up to this spinach and egg breakfast dish. Just picture your eggs, bacon and hash browns mixed together all in one pan with some spinach added in. It only takes 20 minutes to make one serving, so if it turns out to be the best thing you’ve ever eaten, you won’t even have to share it.

    2. Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Casserole

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      Sometimes, good food takes time. This breakfast casserole takes a bit longer to prepare, but it’s totally worth the wait. If you’re looking for something cheesy, creamy and savory to start off your day right, this is the recipe for you. You’ll come for the Gruyere and Parmesan and stay for the spinach, mushrooms and garlic. It’s sort of like a breakfast pizza minus the tomatoes.

      3. Spinach Cream Soup

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        As the winter weather rolls in, all the recipes reserved for the chilly season roll out. While it might not look very attractive at first glance, spinach soup is exactly the warm and hearty dish you’ll need to stay comfy as temperatures plummet. This recipe features fresh spinach and low-sodium ingredients to give you a healthy, delicious option for lunch or dinner tomorrow.

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        4. Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

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          Have you eaten way too many plain, boring chicken breasts for late-night dinners lately? Spinach to the rescue! Dress up your next chicken breast with some nutrient-rich spinach this season. This recipe coats your chicken in a creamy spinach and sour cream sauce to add flavor and texture to the entree of your next dinner. You can even add bacon to incorporate even more flavor (highly recommended).

          5. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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            Need something warm and tasty but not in the mood for an entire meal? Make this hot spinach and artichoke dip and pair it with some leftover French bread for the perfect snack to share with friends. It’s the perfect combination of everything you love—sour cream, cream cheese and, of course, spinach. If you play around with proportions, you can make as little dip, or as much, as you want.

            6. Italian Herb Baked Spinach Chips

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              When you’re in need of a quick, salty snack, it’s tempting to grab the nearest bag of potato chips. Tasty, but not so great for your health. It turns out you can make a healthy spinach snack in less than 10 minutes. It’s salty, it’s crispy and it’s coated in Italian herb seasoning. What more do you need?

              You definitely don’t want to miss these spinach recipes that you can enjoy no matter the time of day. Spinach is an all-around healthy food that pairs well with many other foods you probably already love. Add spinach into your breakfast, lunch and dinner to make every meal and snack just a little bit healthier.

              Featured photo credit: Stewart Butterfield via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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