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A Simple Spinach dish that is delicious & nutritious πŸ’š

August 12, 2015

Spinach has got to be one of my all time favourite vegetables. I do like the latest super foods such as kale and chard, but for me kale and chard will never have the delicate flavour or versatility of spinach.

In the Mediteranean diet spinach plays a major role. It is put in pastry to make the most delicious snacks, it can be enjoyed cold and raw in salads or it can be cooked in the simplest way possible to be used as a healthy side dish or just eaten as it is.

Spinach is believed to be of Persian origin. It is from the family of nutritional powerhouses including beets, chard and quinoa.

Since I was very little we have always eaten spinach at least once a week. My mother who is an amazing cook would always incorporate spinach into the dishes she prepared for us and because we were so used to it from a young age we never had the image of green foods being ‘yucky’ as a lot of kids do these days.

I always remember how my mother would entice us to eat spinach by telling us we would be strong like Popeye the Sailor if we finished our dish. Popeye the Sailor always had big bulging biceps when he ate his spinach and managed to fight off his enemies with no problem whatsoever! These days we don’t see much of Popeye on the television so to get my boys to eat their spinach I either put a few handfuls in when making their fresh juices, blend some up in a vegetable soup, or I make this yummy dish which is so delicate in flavour they adore it.

  
Spinach is available all year round but it is in season during the springtime. It is so nutritional filled with Vitamins K, A, C and folic acid. As well being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and Vitamin B2. Spinach contains the most Vitamin K than any other vegetable, vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health.

  
So here is my super simple spinach recipe, it is a recipe I learnt from my mother and I make it for my family on a regular basis. The thing you must know about spinach is that because it has a huge water content it does reduce in size considerably when cooked so if you are cooking for a family of four make sure to get enough.

I have also cooked with frozen spinach in the past but personally I feel nothing beats fresh!

Ingredients – (Enough for four)

– Fresh Spinach (baby spinach is fine) washed and drained

– 2 medium onions finely chopped

– 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

– 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive oil

– 1/2 a cup of boiling water

– Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method –

-You will need a large pot. Place it on the hob and put in the chopped onion and garlic. Add the olive oil and cook until the onion and garlic are tender.

– Add in the fresh spinach. You can add leaves whole or chop them into smaller pieces.

– Pour in the half a cup of boiling water. This will prevent the vegetables from burning from the heat.

– Sprinkle on the sea salt and black pepper.

– Cover the pot’s lid and leave to cook on a medium heat for 5-10minutes. Stir occasionally.

– The spinach will wilt and cook releasing its nutritious and delicious juices.

  
Enjoy as it is cold or hot. It is a great side dish to any fish or meat dish. In my household we enjoy it with a big spoonful of yogurt and some more crushed garlic. Also with a big piece of fish crusty bread to dip into the delicious juices.

Afiyet olsun! (as we say in Turkey)

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