Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Olive Oil & Garlic Spinach

A trip to Tuscany is nourishing for any soul. If not for the food, the surroundings alone feed you and make you feel incredibly satisfied with life. My four days with my husband in Tuscany was all about the great food (lots of it), red wine and sunshine. When it comes to food the Italians really know what they are doing. Many think of the food as mainly pizza and pasta and even though they do have a lot of it, the whole food culture is made up of simple compositions of ingredients, a whole array of vegetables (preferably locally grown), lean meats and fish and a heaped tablespoon of satisfaction. I usually always go for any grilled, fresh, baked vegetable available on the menu and for those who know me well know that I am addicted to oven baked vegetables. The Italian kitchen has now brought a new vegetable dish in to my home – the Olive Oil and Garlic Spinach. I was so excited about this dish that the first thing I did Monday morning after 4hours of sleep (we arrived home from Italy 01.30am Monday morning) was to go through some of my Italian cookbooks and to my surprise it was not represented in any of them. The only thing left was to walk to my local supermarket and buy all the ingredients I believed would take part in the composition of this divine, delicious, oh so simple dish.

Olive Oil & Garlic Spinach
250g frozen spinach (easy peasy, healthy and quick)
3 medium garlic cloves, smashed and finely chopped
splash of olive oil
lemon wedge to serve (optional)

Steam the spinach in a little bit of water using a medium sized pan. Just add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. When the water has started to boil help the frozen pieces to dissolve with the help of a spoon. Lower the heat and add the chopped garlic. Allow to stand for a minute. Add the herbal salt and a splash of olive oil to taste and serve immediately when still steaming hot.
serves 1-2  

HEALTH BENEFITS of Spinach: Spinach is an excellent source of iron – vital for energy production, the immune system, and development of brain and muscle function. This leafy green has showed to work against cancer cell formation, is a good source of protein and fiber, is low in calories and loaded with nutrients for a healthier you.

If there are any recipes that you would like a healthier twist on or if you have one specific ingredient you would like to get a few recipes ideas on; please add a comment or contact me via email and I will be more than happy to experiment and come up with something delicious, healthy and nourishing for you to enjoy

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