How many spinach recipes do you know? Perhaps you’ve been to your local market and saw see a big bunch of leafy spinach. My bet is that you totally ignored it and grab something else. If you gave it a miss because you’re not sure what to do with it, then allow me to educate you!
Spinach itself is very good for you and has an interesting history. According to this BBC article…
Spinach is believed to be of Persian origin. By the 12th century, it spread across Europe and became a desirable leafy green known for good health; a reputation that stands firm to this day. The name Florentine is often used to describe dishes containing spinach (and a creamy sauce). It is thought that this name dates back to the 16th century and the Italian wife of France’s Henry II; Catherine de Medici. The unverified tale states that Catherine introduced spinach to the Court of France and to honour her Italian heritage, she then decided to call any dish containing spinach Florentine.
And as to the health benefits…
Spinach has good levels of iron, but not quite as much as originally believed as rumour has it researchers placed the decimal point in the wrong place! It is important to note that there are two forms of dietary iron: ‘haem’ iron and ‘non haem’ iron. Haem iron is found in animal products and is the most efficiently absorbed form of iron. Non haem iron is found in plant foods (such as spinach) and is a little harder for the body to absorb in comparison. However vegetarians, those who experience iron-deficiency anaemia and those who are pregnant are encouraged to include green leafy vegetables such as spinach as part of a balanced diet.
Food bloggers have created some amazing spinach recipes. I’ve listed three for you to check out, give them a try and see if they change your mind about spinach.
Cheesy Spinach Tofu Casserole – Kiipfit
Cheesy Spinach Tofu Casserole is creamy, buttery and subtle in flavors with a mixed blend of healthy ingredients. I was trying to come up with a vegan recipe as spinach and tofu being the main ingredients. At the same time I wanted a cheese base and preferred a casserole bake that goes well with some healthy carbohydrate, preferably quinoa or enjoy as is.
Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs – The Chunky Chef
These ham and cheese spinach puffs are elegant, yet incredibly easy, and a perfect use for any leftover ham you may have! I love the crispy, flaky puff pastry mixed with the creamy mixture filled with savory diced ham, nutty Gruyere cheese, and fresh spinach!
Spinach and Feta Greek Egg Bake – The Lemon Bowl
A high protein, low carb breakfast recipe, this Greek-inspired spinach and feta egg bake is full of flavor and great for making ahead of time.
Let me know in the comments which of these you would love to try!