If you are vegan (or serving a vegan crowd) and need a classic dip or side dish recipe, look no further! This is a recipe for an easy vegan creamed spinach. If you love spinach, you're going to love this recipe! But of course, not everyone loves spinach, and creamed spinach is a bit of an old-fashioned dish, but give it a chance!
Creamed spinach is a super quick and easy to prepare side dish that goes well with everything from vegetarian pasta to baked tofu. Using a soup mix as a shortcut means that you can have a fresh vegetable side dish on the table in just minutes. This classic side dish is known as a steakhouse side, but that can easily change. Just serve it with any favorite entrees and your family will be sure to love it.
If you're having trouble getting your family to eat their greens, try this easy creamed spinach recipe. And of course, if you do like spinach, you'll love this vegan creamed spinach, using just a few simple ingredients. As a vegetarian and vegan recipe, this quick and easy creamed spinach is dairy-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free.
McCormick brand French Onion Dip Mix is vegan and can be used in this recipe. It comes in a little red packet and looks like this. Another vegan brand is called Simply Organic French Onion Dip Mix which looks like this. Some of the Lipton brand onion mixes (there are numerous options) are also vegan, such as their Kosher Recipe Secrets Onion Recipe Soup and Dip mix, but this contains MSG, which may or may not be an issue for you. If you choose to buy another brand, watch out for beef extract in some brands of onion soup and dip mix. Read all ingredients to make sure you are sticking with your vegan diet.
Serve this as a tasty side dish for any meal. It also works well as a vegan dip for an appetizer spread. To get really fancy, serve this as a warm dip in a hollowed out bread bowl. Use vegetables, pita chips, or toasted bread to dip into the spinach.
- 1 package Onion Soup / Dip Mix (see ingredient note above)
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 3 pounds fresh spinach OR 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup soy milk (or other non-dairy milk substitute)
In a medium sized saucepan, bring the water to a simmer and add the entire packed of onion soup or dip mix, stirring well to combine.
Once the onion mix is completely dissolved, add the fresh spinach (or frozen spinach). If you don't have time to thaw out your frozen spinach first, that's fine.
Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is almost cooked, but not overcooked.
Adjust the heat to low, add the soy milk or other non-dairy milk and simmer for a few more minutes. Add more soy milk as desired for a creamier texture; your vegan creamed spinach will thicken up a bit as it cools.