Fresh Spinach Recipes

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Fresh Spinach Recipes

Spinach offers some excellent health benefits including ...

There are different health benefits for eating both raw and cooked Spinach due to the vegetables elements changing under heat. Raw spinach is high in oxalic acid which makes it difficult for the body to absorb some of its vitamins, by steaming spinach you can reduce the amount of oxalic acid. On the other hand by heating spinach you can deplete some of the nutritional values of the vegetable.  

We have included a selection here of just a few of our favorites of both raw and cooked Spinach. 



Raw Spinach & Cashew Dip

Ingredients

  • 250g of spinach
  • 1 avocado 
  • 75g cashews 
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups water (or enough to cover the cashews)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic 

Method

In a blender add spinach, avocado, olive oil, juice from the lemon and garlic cloves. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Stir through the cashew mixture. Serving suggestions - enjoy with vegetable crudités or even place some flour tortillas in the oven for a few minutes and cut into triangles to enjoy with the dip. 


Sag Aloo and More! 

This is one of my favorites is not only great for a extravagant curry night but also a quick healthy mid week meal. It's packed with nutritious spinach but also some spices that are proven to have to some amazing health benefits.

Ingredients

  • 500g of spinach 
  • 500g potatoes - cut into 2 cm chunks 
  • 100g chopped mushrooms
  • Half a medium sized squash - cut into 2cm chunks 
  • Tin of butterbeans 
  • 1 onion
  • 4 gloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 large fresh chilli 
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or cooking oil of choice

Method

Start by heating oil in a large saucepan

Begin to sautee onions on a medium to low heat for a 1-2

Add turmeric, cumin and mustard seeds. Continue to cook for around 2-3 minutes but do not allow the spices to stick or burn to the bottom of the pan

Add garlic, ginger, potatoes, squash, mushrooms and chilli - cook whilst stirring for around 5 minutes

Cover with a splash of water - (around 150ml) and cook on medium heat for between 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes and squash cooked (check by spearing with a knife to see if they are soft)

Add the spinach and butterbeans 

Season to taste

Serving suggestions - if you find the dish too spicy then you can add some yogurt for a more creamy taste. 


Spinach Pesto

Ingredients

  • Kale 1 cup
  • Basil 1 cup
  • Spinach 1 cup
  • Garlic 3 cloves 
  • Sunflower seeds 1/2 cup
  • Olive Oil 1/2 cup
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

Chuck all the ingredients into a blender/food processor or nutribullet and blend until smooth. Add more of any ingredient to adjust to your taste. 

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Please let us know your thoughts regarding these recipes I'm sure you will agree they are dead easy to prepare super quick. 

Plus they are packed with essential nutrients and fibre.

Spinach makes for an excellent salad base and is a great way to get more of the green leafy vegetable into your daily diet. Here is one of my favorite salads that I chuck together at least a few times a week. 

Ingredients

  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 cup quinoa 
  • 1 tablespoon sweetcorn 
  • 1 tablespoon hummus 
  • 1 inch cucumber cut into chunks
  • Anything else you fancy or have in the fridge

Start by placing the spinach in the bottom of a bowl and then just chuck everything else on top as you please.

For the dressing:

  • 2 handfuls basil
  • 1/2 lemon - juiced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 clove garlic

Blitz all the dressing ingredients in a blender or nutri-bullet, pour over the salad.. enjoy! 

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