You may have childhood nightmares of your mom plopping a large helping of canned spinach on your plate and insisting that you eat every last bite. Fresh spinach is so different from the stuff that comes in a can. It can be served so many different ways. Sauté it, or use it in a salad as in the following recipes or use it as a stuffing for meats, pasta or enchiladas. This versatile green is fabulous served by itself or as part of another dish.
Nutritionally speaking, spinach is packed full of vitamins, minerals. Considered a super food, it is loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamins A and C, magnesium and fiber, just to name a few.
Spinach wilts down to almost nothing, so there will appear to be much more raw spinach than the cooked product will actually yeild.
Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound baby spinach, washed and spun dry
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced paper thin
- 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 pinch of sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the butter; stir until melted. Add the garlic and sauté, until it is tender. Be careful not to burn the garlic. It should be browned, but not blackened.
Add the spinach and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Add the sugar and red pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 4 servings
Spinach and Candied Pecan Salad
- 1 (5-6 oz.) bag baby spinach, washed and spun dry
- 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
- 10 pieces of bacon, fried and crumbled
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup Orange Cayenne Pecans
In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Serve with Poppy Seed dressing.
Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
In a blender or food processor, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar and mustard. With the machine running, pour the oil in a slow, steady stream. Continue to process for 30 seconds or so until the oil is well incorporated. Stir in the poppy seeds.
Broken Arrow Farmer’s Market
Be sure to visit Broken Arrow’s Farmer’s Market for the freshest local produce It is opened on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The farmer’s market is located at 418 South Main in downtown Broken Arrow.