It’s a versatile veggie and it’s a cool season garden crop – which means it’s time to plant my spinach right about now! Yay!
I picked up a package of seeds yesterday at the store – I’m planting the Bloomsdale variety found here. I had a hard time with spinach last season, so I’m hopeful this time around.
Why spinach? Well, for one, Popeye was a pretty awesome character.
Most importantly though, it’s a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. Spinach is regarded as one of the top suppliers of Vitamin K which is important for maintaining bone health. It also supplies us with iron – which helps our red blood cells circulate oxygen throughout the body – giving us more energy! (read all about spinach here).
There’s been some debate over whether raw or cooked vegetables offer more nutrition. I think it’s safe to say that we should just incorporate both and not rely on science to steer us strongly in only one direction. There’s a great article on raw vs. cooked veggies here.
And then of course we must ask – what’s the best way to cook vegetables? In this short video, a study conducted by Food Science tested the nutritional value of twenty different vegetables cooked using six different methods. The study included over 300 experiments to determine which method was optimal to retain the most antioxidants – Vitamin C, Vitamin E and beta-carotene (which turns into Vitamin A in our bodies).
Fresh spinach can last a few weeks in your fridge if you store it in a dry plastic container lined with a dry paper towel. Other storage tips can be reviewed here.
Now let’s eat some spinach!
Great spinach recipes from Oat&Sesame:
Easy to make, tangy and addictive!
Packed with one serving of fruit and vegetables for your day!
Quick & Easy! Perfect to take to work for lunch!
Packed with veggies and freezer friendly!
a few other tried & true from around the web:
Gnocchi Verde Spinach-Ricotta Dumplings from Food52
I’ve made these several times and they are adored by kids and adults alike.
Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna Roll-ups from FoodNetwork
A fun twist on your typical lasagna! This is a “standup” recipe!