I am on this new kick of eating better and I thought, why not add spinach to at least one meal a day. Its easy, and you have options. The health benefits of super-food spinach are amazing. I could go on an on, but here are some key facts:
- Its an excellent source of iron
- Low calorie, nutrient rich
- Its versatile – you can eat it raw or cook it any way you choose
- Antioxidant rich
- Heart healthy
- Has GI health benefits
- Anti-inflammatory properties
But enough with the “how spinach is good for me” talk.
Last night, my little brother and his wife came into town for the night to visit (hooray, because I never see them). Mom took over the main dish and I made my favorite side, Spanakorizo (SPA-nah-ko-REE-zo). Basically a fancy word for Greek spinach and rice. Most Greek cookbooks call for the use of dill…and not everyone is a fan of that (especially me), so this is my dill-free take on it. I cheated and used canned tomatoes, but if you want to make your own with fresh ones like I sometimes do, go for it!
- 4 tablespoons EVOO
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 heaping handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 can stewed tomatoes seasoned with garlic, onion and oregano
- 1 can diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, onion and oregano
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar to counter the acidity
- 1 cup rice
- 3/4 cup water
- salt & pepper to taste
In a large kasarolla (pot), start your aromatics – onion, olive oil, oregano and garlic. Saute on medium heat until the onions are translucent (but don’t burn your garlic!). Next, wilt down your spinach. Make sure you use your koutala (wooden spoon) to coat each leaf with the onions and olive oil. Once it has wilted about 3/4 of the way, add all of your tomatoes, lemon juice, sugar, rice and water. Stir until everything is combined. After the mixture comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and cover your pot, stirring occasionally. Your ingredients will begin to thicken up, and once your rice has fully cooked, its done!
This serves a family of 5-6.
Kali Oreksi! (Good meal to all!)