Spinach

Popeye’s spinach power

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While it may not be a Bluto-clobbering super food, spinach is, however, chocked full of antioxidants and dietary fiber. It is also a wonderful source of niacin, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, thiamine, riboflavin, and quite a few more.

Spinach contains a higher level of iron than most of it’s vegetable relatives. The problem is the type of iron that it provides is not easily absorbed by the body. Animal proteins are much better for this purpose.

When preparing spinach, be sure to wash it thoroughly or it will have an unpleasant dirt flavor. In order to retain as much of the nutritional value as possible, serve it raw, or
steamed. It can also be boiled quickly. As with most foods, if you can find it organically grown, it is well worth any added expense.

Recipe

Grilled Spinach Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Serving: 4

I found this little hors d’oeuvre on the ‘net somewhere, but have modified it to make it “my own”. Give it a try, and tweak as you see fit.

Ingredients:

8 small portabella mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped spinach
5 oz. of cream cheese
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 clove minced garlic
salt
pepper

Directions:

Clean the mushrooms and remove gills. Coat mushrooms with olive oil.

Sauté the garlic in a small pan. Assemble the filling by mixing the cheese, spinach and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stuff the mushrooms with the filling.

Use indirect heat to cook the mushrooms. Cook until the meat of the mushrooms are seared. This will take roughly 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrients

Calories: 190.5
Fat: 19.2g
Saturated Fat – 8.7g
Polyunsaturated Fat – 1.0g
Monounsaturated Fat – 8.5g
Carbohydrate: 2.3g
Protein: 3.3g

**Note**
Nutritional values calculated at sparkrecipes.com.

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2 Responses to “Spinach”

  1. Thank you, very useful. I wasnt actually a big fan of Spinach for many years ( understatement, I hated the stuff), but after marrying a vegetarian I kind of had to put up with it, and have gradually come to absolutely love the stuff. Spinach curry is now my absolute favouritest! I recently found adedicated spinach recipes website which is my new favourite site now, you should take a look!

  2. Todd says:

    @Blossom, I think that the biggest hurdle is getting over what our mind thinks spinach is. I always thought of the canned stuff, like Popeye ate. Glad that you like the stuff now.

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