A Mighty Leaf
There was a Young Lady of Greenwich,
Whose garments were border'd with Spinach;
But a large spotty Calf,
bit her shawl quite in half,
Which alarmed that Young Lady of Greenwich.
- Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his 'literary nonsense' & limericks (1812-1888)
Watching a mountain of fresh spinach reduce in a matter of a couple minutes to only a shadow of its former dimensions is one of my favorite cookery tasks. I add spinach to lots of dishes – sometimes raw and sometimes briefly sauteed. Adding more and more of the beautiful green leaves to my meals was an easy decision. It’s delicious, filling, and versatile. One cup of raw spinach has only a few calories and it rocks the nutrition charts in calcium, fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamins A, B6, C, and zinc. Spinach is also firmly packed with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are the “eye vitamins” that the ophthalmologist told me to take because of a family history of macular degeneration. The American Macular Degeneration Foundation has a great article referencing a few excellent studies on the connection between nutrition and eye health. This article from the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute for Health says that for best absorption of your eye nutrients, eat uncooked spinach. If macular degeneration runs in your family, give these articles a read.
The more I read about spinach, the more convinced I was that it was the perfect veggie to add to every single meal I could. Here's a few recipes that use spinach at breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. Yes, spinach for dessert. All serve up a good portion of spinach.
I love a good frittata and found this simple Spinach Frittata recipe right here at Calorie Count!
This recipe for Spinach Breakfast Quiche may be a bit short in the directions department (Mix and bake!). Use a 375 F oven and start checking it after about 20 minutes. It should be finished after about 30 minutes (or when the top is lightly browned and the center firm).
Mushroom Spinach Quesadilla with Black Beans is a fast fix for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Spinach Feta Couscous is one of my favorite weekend lunches… and weekday if I remember to make it ahead of time so I can bring it to work!
Dip your veggies into Spinach Mushroom Dip from the Mayo Clinic and enjoy a powerhouse of a snack.
Whole Wheat Gnocchi in a Hurry is popular with the guys in my house - and with me too.
Mediterranean Shrimp Packets are simple to make and so good for you.
I found this very interesting Spinach Cupcake with the simple google “recipe dessert spinach”. The icing is made green from matcha tea.
Not big on cupcakes? How about trying Spinach Strudel; it's a popular recipe with the good folks at Rodale.
Enjoy your spinach – all day long!
Do you write limericks? Can you write one to your favorite veggie? What is your favorite way to enjoy spinach - Raw or cooked? Please share your favorite recipe with us here! Have you ever had spinach for dessert? If you would like your recipes to be considered for The CC Palate, send it to me by pm.