Lauren Marie’s Gluten Free
You don't have to be a health nut to know that spinach is good for you. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that there is a good chance that 70% of people don't really like the taste of it.
I have to admit, I fall into both categories. I guess you could say I'm a fair weather fan of the vegetable. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I just don't.
But since making my green rule- one green with every dinner- spinach and I had some making up to do.
When I would browse through the produce section for my green rule quota, there it was, spinach, staring me in the face. Spinach is available year-round. And they come in packages already washed... how much easier could it be?
OK, I decided, I'll channel my inner Popeye...
So Easy Spinach Smoothie:
8 oz almond milk
2.5 oz of spinach (half bag)
half of a banana (frozen if possible)
5 frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon honey.
(Blend together in a blender until smooth)
You hide the spinach flavor with the sweetness from the fruit and honey....and you get all those nutrients! Brilliant!
Or you can enhance its natural taste with a bold punch of other flavors too. So, I like to add it to a spicy spaghetti dish or a meaty omelet. You get a delicate spinach flavor, but you hardly notice it's there. And it really wilts down, so you can add a lot of spinach for good fiber and Vitamin K without having to eat a huge salad!
Patrick and I have a favorite restaurant that serves a spinach dish that I just had to try at home. It was a very simple concept, sweet and savory...spinach with garlic, figs, and a touch of a honey. It was so good, I started to crave it! I eagerly gobbled it up every time we went there. I became amazed at how much I actually enjoyed eating it.
Was I really a spinach fan?
It turns out, I wasn't a fair weather spinach fan. I was a real fan all along, I just had to do spinach my way.
I had to hide it sometimes, let it play with bold flavors sometimes, and decorate it with sweetness sometimes.
So, I created my Sweet Spinach Sauté for those days that I wanted a little sweetness with my green veggie. And now, I can gobble it up, whenever I want!